The Council is advising Holiday Parks in Denbighshire to be vigilant against holiday caravans being used a permanent homes and warns that if parks fail to comply with planning conditions they will be fined.
Denbighshire County Council has successfully prosecuted a caravan park for breaching a planning condition which sought to ensure all users of the holiday caravans on site could prove they had a permanent address elsewhere.
The holiday park was fined over £1000 and the Council will be working with the park owner to rectify any planning or licensing breaches.
The Council’s Planning and Public Protection Service has been leading a co-ordinated project with the support of the British Holiday and Home Park Association, examining unauthorised permanent residential occupation of holiday caravans in the County.
Unauthorised residents of holiday caravans will not be paying Council Tax which puts increased pressure on other services within the Council. The permanent occupation of holiday caravans also breaches both planning and licensing regulations.
Councillor Brian Jones, Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “As part of this ongoing project, prospective caravan owners are reminded to be vigilant against the possibility of being mis-sold holiday caravans as permanent homes.
“The Council does have the power to revoke caravan site licences where offences are committed and we are therefore urging the county’s holiday park operators to ensure that they keep accurate and up to date records of caravan owners and that holiday caravans on their sites are used for that purpose in compliance with their planning permission and site licence.”
Posted on Thursday 24th August 2017