Housing land shortage leads to lifting of holiday homes restriction

The scenario described in (DCS Number 400-013-674) must be common to a number of holiday mobile home parks up and down the country: “…the appellant claims that the units have never been available to rent by third parties as short-term holiday accommodation…” and “…the site lacks the kind of shared facilities one would normally associate with a holiday park.” This appeal sought the removal of the condition which limited the mobile homes to occupation for holiday purposes.

The inspector found the council’s argument that the proposal would displace accommodation intended for tourism tenuous and unsupported by substantive evidence. He accepted that the site was poorly located in terms of access to local services and employment areas and that residents would be largely reliant on the use of a private motor car. He reasoned, however, that this was already the case and noted that the council had not provided any evidence to demonstrate that either the frequency or length of trips to and from the site would increase as a result of the removal of the conditions restricting the mobile homes to holiday occupation. On the other hand he found that the scheme would make a modest but not insignificant contribution towards the council’s housing stock which, given its acknowledged housing land supply deficit, was a material consideration to which he attributed significant weight. He concluded that the disputed condition was not necessary or reasonable and allowed the appeal.

We are not sure we see things in quite the same way as the inspector here. The decision must surely at least negate the potential for tourism income which the site would generate if it were operating as a holiday park in line with the condition. What do readers think? In the meanwhile, the decision might indicate a rich seam of new business for planning consultants working in holiday areas.

The following DCP section is relevant: 9.733

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