Caravan and camping sites

Mobile Homes Act 2013

The Mobile Homes Act 2013. This act covers the civil law between site owners and residents on 'relevant protected sites'.

A relevant protected site is one which has planning permission for permanent residential use and has been issued with a site licence. These sites are typically known as residential park homes or mobile home parks.
The Mobile Homes Act 2013 also made some changes to the way that site rules are made on relevant protected sites and how they are made available for people to see.

In February 2015 all existing site rules ceased to have effect. Site owners must now follow a legal process of consulting their residents about any new site rules that they wish to introduce. This is the case even where replacement rules are the same or similar to existing rules. Site owners are required to follow the correct process for site rules to be valid.

If residents do not agree with the proposed rules, they can appeal the decision to a tribunal who will determine whether the proposal is allowed. Once the rules have been agreed, they must be deposited with us and we will publish them on our website.

Under the Mobile Homes Act 2013 the Council can now charge a fee to recover its costs for administering the licensing function for relevant protected sites.

Fee Policy and charges

Register of sites

There are currently 7 sites in the District and 4 of them are relevant protected sites

Name No. of caravansType of site Site rules
Nostell Priory
Nostell Estate
Nostell
Doncaster Road
Wakefield
WF4 1QD
Static 73
Touring 60
Holiday ParkNot required
Oakland Hill Caravan Site
Oaklands Hill Estate
Fryston Lane
Ferrybridge
WF11 8SH
Currently 78
License permits 108
Permanent Residential
(relevant protected site)

Date deposited:

20 February 2015

Site rules

Broadlands Farm
101 Durkar Low Lane
Durkar
WF4 3BJ
23Touring Caravan SiteNot required
Gwent View
Doncaster Road
Upton
Pontefract
WF9 1EB
10 hard standing Permanent Residential
(relevant Protected site)
Date deposited:
Parklands
Grove Hall
Knottingley
10 Permanent Residential
(relevant protected site)
Date deposited:
West Park Homes
Great North Road
Darrington
Pontefract
WF8 3HY
Currently 80
Licence permits 93
Permanent Residential
(relevant protected site)
Date deposited:
11 Nov 2014

Site rules
Wintersett Lakes Caravan and Camping
Haw Park Lane
Wintersett
Wakefield
WF4 2FN.
28Touring caravan and campingNot required

 

Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960

The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site unless the occupier holds a site licence issued by the Council. A caravan site includes anywhere a caravan (including mobile or 'park' home) is situated and occupied for human habitation including touring sites and single sites. Sites can be for permanent caravans (utilised as holiday caravans), touring caravans or permanent residential caravans.

If you allow your land to be used as a camping site by the public for more than 42 days consecutively - or 60 days in a year - you require a licence.

A licence may only be granted if the land has appropriate planning consent at the time when the licence is issued.

There are exemptions

  • A caravan sited within the grounds of a dwelling and its use is incidental to the use of the dwelling. This means that it can't be occupied separately.
  • A single caravan sited for not more than two consecutive nights for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Up to three caravans on a site of not less than five acres for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • Sites occupied by the local authority. These are usually Traveller sites.
  • Sites for temporary and special purposes such as caravan rallies, agricultural and forestry workers, building and engineering sites and travelling showmen.
  • A site for tents can only be used for a maximum of 28 days in any 12 months.
  • There are exceptions for organisations that hold camping exemption certificates.

Licence Conditions

Licence conditions for Caravan Sites in our District are based on the Model Standards for Caravan Sites in England although conditions will be tailored to the individual application. Site licence conditions are designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of caravan occupants and include:

  • The type of caravan
  • Fire safety precautions and electrical installations
  • Water supply and drainage, lavatory and washing facilities.
  • The positioning, density and distance between caravans.

Once licensed, sites maybe subject to inspections to ensure compliance with the conditions and complaints will be investigated.

For enquiries relating to holiday parks or touring caravan sites contact 

Environmental Health
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB
health&safety@wakefield.gov.uk
0345 8 506 506

For enquiries related to residential park homes / mobile home parks contact

Strategic Housing
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB
strategichousing@wakefield.gov.uk
01924 306665