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Park Homes in Purbeck

There are 11 licensed mobile home parks in Purbeck with in excess of 300 residential homes.

Park insulation grants

There is currently no finance available to fund park home insulations grants at this time.

If you are interested in insulating your home please email us on the contact details provided.

About park homes

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 (opens in a new window) is now in force, find out how it affects you.

The act covers a range of issues affecting park home sites, parts of the act are already in force, others come into force on 1 April 2014 whilst others have yet to be finalised and will be introduced as regulations by Parliament. The government has published new guidance to park home owners (opens in a new window) about the act.

Main changes to the law:

  • the act removes the requirement for the site owners consent to sale or gift of a home

  • the council may charge for new site licences and in addition an annual fee to existing site licences. (fees have yet to be determined by the council)

  • from 1 April 2014 the council may serve compliance notices on the owner when, in their opinion, breaches of the site licence conditions have occurred. Failure to comply within the time specified is an offence. The site owner has the right of appeal to a Residential Property Tribunal

  • protection against eviction, harassment and false information: The Caravan Sites Act 1968 (opens in a new window) (which defines harassment) has been amended slightly, the council no longer needs to prove harassment has persistently occurred

  • some parts of the act will come into force when regulations are passed by parliament

  • requirement for manager of site to be fit and proper person

  • the council will be given the power to refuse to grant a site licence, where it considers that the applicant is unsuitable to hold a licence. Until regulations are passed there is no guidance on how the council will apply this power

Owners of park homes may use the Park Home Advice Line on 0207 383 9800 run by the Leasehold Advisory Service.

The council's Park Home Fees Policy (pdf, 501kb) (opens in a new window) was reviewed by Council in November 2016.. It sets out the fees the council will charge following the introduction of the Mobile Homes Act 2013.

Mobile Home Sites in Purbeck

Sites are licensed by the council under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (c.62) (opens in a new window). The site licence relates to the following areas:

  • density and spacing of park homes

  • road, gateways, paths and hard standings

  • fire safety and fire fighting equipment

  • storage of LPG cylinders

  • electrical installation

  • water, drainage and waste disposal

  • car parking and site notices

Sites are regularly inspected by the council but we are happy to investigate enquiries by residents about their park and discuss the issues with the site owners.

Does Tacit Approval Apply to Park Home licences?

No, it is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard within 28 days, please contact us.

Site Licences

Cauldron Barn Farm Residential Park, Swanage (pdf, 216kb) (opens in a new window)

Hoburne Park, Swanage (pdf, 97kb) (opens in a new window)

Holton Heath Park, Poole (pdf, 99kb) (opens in a new window)

Knoll Residential Park, Winfrith (pdf, 980kb) (opens in a new window)

Organford Manor Country Park, Lytchett Minster (pdf, 232kb) (opens in a new window)

Purbeck View Residential Park, Wareham (pdf, 98kb) (opens in a new window)

Sandford Holiday Park, Holton Heath, Poole (pdf, 68kb) (opens in a new window)

Silent Woman Residential Park, Wareham (pdf, 117kb) (opens in a new window)

Slepe Mobile Home Park, Lytchett Minster (pdf, 89kb) (opens in a new window)

The Lookout Holiday Park, Wareham (pdf, 102kb) (opens in a new window)

Upton Cross Residential Park, Upton (pdf, 94kb) (opens in a new window)

Schedule 'A' (pdf, 232kb) (opens in a new window) - Permanent Residential Caravan Sites (this schedule relates to all of the above licences)

Park Rules for individual sites - depositing with the Local Authority and the Local Authority Register of Site Rules

The Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 (opens in a new window)prescribe the procedure for the making, variation and deletion of site rules on residential mobile home parks. Site Licence Holders must follow a set procedure for changes to be made to "site rules" for a permanent residential home site.

Once the rules have been agreed, they must be deposited with the local authority we will publish them on our website. Please note that Purbeck District Council does not have any enforcement powers to object to site rules and you should seek legal advice if you disagree with rules in place for your site. Advice on site rules can be obtained from Lease - LEASE Park Home Advisory Service (opens in a new window). Below are the site rules that have been deposited with Purbeck District Council.

'Disclaimer' regarding Mobile Homes Site Rules:

All Site Rules received by Purbeck District Council are required to be published under Regulation 16 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014. The Site Rules that are published to the Register as required by this Regulation are an exact copy as presented to the Council. The Council accepts no responsibility if there are errors or omissions regarding the site rules.

Further:-

1) The Local Authority does not endorse or approve these Site Rules

2) The Local Authority is not responsible for their content or enforcement  

 

Purbeck View Park, Wareham (pdf, 98kb) (opens in a new window)

Cauldron Barn Farm Park, Swanage (pdf, 194kb) (opens in a new window)

Slepe Mobile Home Park, Lytchett Minster, Poole (pdf, 282kb) (opens in a new window)

Knoll Residential Park, Winfrith, Dorchester (pdf, 48kb) (opens in a new window)

Hoburne Park, Swanage (pdf, 95kb) (opens in a new window)

Lookout Park, Corfe Road, Stoborough, Wareham (pdf, 59kb) (opens in a new window)

Holton Heath Park, Holton Heath, Poole (pdf, 143kb) (opens in a new window)

Silent Woman, Wareham (pdf, 192kb) (opens in a new window)

Upton Cross Park, Upton (pdf, 143kb) (opens in a new window)

 

Buying a mobile home? - Things to consider

If you are considering buying a mobile home, it is just as important (if not more important) as it is when buying a house that you do the right due diligence checks.  We recommend you use a solicitor to help you with this. Guidance on what to check before deciding to buy a mobile home can be found at the LEASE Park Home Advisory Service website (opens in a new window).  There are also factsheets on buying and selling a home at the gov.uk park homes pages (opens in a new window) and from Age UK (pdf, 479kb) (opens in a new window), among others. The following leaflet provides advice on fire safety precautions: Fire Safety protect your caravan or mobile home from fire (pdf, 221kb) (opens in a new window).    LEASE Park Home Advisory Service (opens in a new window) also provide impartial advice to residents and owners of residential mobile home sites on the law governing the contractual relationship between resident and site owner. They can be contacted via the above links to the website or on 020 7832 2525.

 

 

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