Caravan site licences

January 10th, 2023 by James Goudie KC

In TALLINGTON LAKES LTD v SOUTH KESTEVEN DISTRICT COUNCIL (2022) UKUT 334 (LC) the Tribunal addresses the concepts of “occupier” and “relevant protected site” under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. The appellant, the freeholder of the site, was found to be the occupier and the correct licence holder. The appellant’s argument that it was the management company which operated the caravan park that was the occupier failed. An occupier had to occupy the land by virtue of an estate or interest therein. That meant an equitable estate or interest. That did not encompass a licensee or the manager under a management contract. Where the licence and planning permissions allowed mixed use that included residential the site was a relevant protected site.

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