In essence, our fifth wheels are 'planning free' if sited in the direct garden of a house for use by members of the household as additional living space, rather than independent accommodation. For further information take a look here.
We have sited 5th wheels in small gardens, in standard driveways next to a house, and even crane lifted them into tight spots. If you'd like a survey, please get in touch here or call 01638 515700.
Whether your 'annexe' is for parents, children or other relatives, we will have the ideal unit to meet your needs. Lots of space, high spec' and ready to go.
Typically siting a caravan in a garden or driveway will not require planning. As long as it is not used independently of the main home.
At CCRV we always have a large number of 5th wheels available. If we have what you need we can deliver a unit anywhere mainland UK.
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An increasing number of our fifth wheels are being used for family members who need a new 'home from home', especially those in need of care.
With a fifth wheel, your fully fitted Granny Annexe can be purchased from stock and be ready to use with no planning permission and no build time.
Adding additional living space in the form of an annexe is a simple matter with a fifth wheel. These large static caravans fall within the same laws that govern the use of touring caravans; the small ones towed behind a car.
Our fifth wheels are substantially larger than caravans with full standing height throughout, and are eminently suitable for year-round accommodation.
Our Fifth Wheel units come in lengths from 28' to 42' and with living areas of 10' to 14' wide they compete with many forms of accommodation.
Fully fitted with a double bed, full height showers, toilet, kitchen, dinner, living room, lots of windows, heating, air conditioning, stereo and TV ready our fifth wheels are comfortable, convenient and available as soon as your need arises.
This layout puts focus on spacious, open plan living with a slide-out dining room and living room seating, each space having a good view to the entertainment center and fireplace. A simply laid out kitchen is two steps from the WC and shower and fitted bedroom.
A rear kitchen layout that's fully fitted, a compact dinette for enjoying meal times, and living area complete with 3 seat couch and 2 relaxing, recling chairs. Fitted as standard with a Queen size bed or the option of a King size single for extra room.
Two recling armchairs and a 3 seater settee look across a spacious living room to the entertainment center and free standing dining table and four chairs. Centered is the kitchen island which bridges between living spaces. The split level seperates the WC, shower and bedroom - each comfortably spacious and fitted to a great spec'.
Our 2018 stock Rockwood 5th Wheels offer a range of accommodation for you or your loved ones. Varied layouts will suit different needs and tastes.
Click the floorplans below to have a closer look.
Though the outline below is neither legal, planning or professional advice, these are the key points that determine if your use of a fifth wheel falls outside of planning requirements.
Our fifth wheels are 'planning free' if sited in the direct garden of a house for use by members of the household as additional living space, rather than independent accommodation.
Is a fifth wheel a caravan? The legal definition of a ‘caravan’ described in the Caravans Sites and Control of Development Acts 1960 and Associated Articles outlines three criteria that asses if a fifth wheel meets the definition:
• Construction test
• Mobility test
• Size test
Fifth wheels are of a timber and metal construction, built upon a wheeled trailer frame, are mobile, and are well within the stated 20m x 6.8m (external) and 3m height (internal) dimensions of a caravan.
The use must be incidental to the use of the dwelling house, ie. used in conjunction with. Points that would be considered here are:
• Relationship between the respective occupants
• Relative size of the house, garden and the fifth wheel
• Relative accommodation scale between the fifth wheel and house
• How much the fifth wheel is functionally connected to and subordinate to the use of the house.
The fifth wheel must be sited within the ‘curtilage’ of the dwelling house. This equates to the drive or garden, rather than an adjoining orchard or paddock, for example.
There are three criteria for identifying whether land is within the curtilage of a building, these being:
• Physical layout
• Ownership, past and present
• Use or function, past and present
In short, if sited in the garden or adjacent drive of your property it is within the curtilage.
If your use of a fifth wheel is within the criteria of use outlined under points 1-3 then the your situation is outside of planning control; approval from the Authorities is not needed.
Contacting Your Planning Authority
Your local planning authority (LPA) is there to assist you. As there can, on occasion, be a degree of uncertainty on the lawfulness of locating and using a fifth wheel, you may wish to contact them with details of the use and location of your mobile annex.
An Informal Letter
You may wish to write to the Planning Authority on an informal basis asking in principle if a caravan or mobile home can be used in your garden without planning permission. The advantage of informal letters is you often receive a quicker response but the disadvantage being it’s not a legally binding decision and it can later be disregarded if on closer inspection the situation is proven unlawful, for example the location is not later considered garden, but an ‘orchard’ for example.
In situations where a fifth wheel is being used occasionally, for a brief period of years, you may consider an informal written response from the authorities is sufficient enough. In other instances an application for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) is advised.
Lawful Development Certificates
A Lawful Development Certificate is a document confirming that the use, operation or activity named within is lawful for planning control purposes.
Once issued, the certificate will remain valid for the use of the fifth wheel per the details described within it, provided that use doesn't change.
If your fifth wheel is going to be sited in a garden you may need to contact your authority for an LDC to confirm that what you are proposing would be lawful, specifically that it does not require express planning permission.
Cross Country RV have supplied this information, without liability, purely as a guide; it is not intended as an authorative statement of law. Each situation can vary and we would always advise in contacting your local planning authority for their advice prior to making any commitments.
Visit the Government Planning Portal here, and enter your postcode
or local town to find the relevant authorities near you.
We would, however, advise acquiring a Lawful Development Certificate for your own peace of mind.