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Park Homes in Christchurch and East Dorset

There are currently 7 licensed mobile home parks in Christchurch and 12 licensed mobile home parks in East Dorset with an excess of 1000 residential homes.

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
  • 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
  • the council may charge for new site licences and in addition an annual fee to existing site licences.

Christchurch and East Dorset have set fees and they can be viewed in the table below

Mobile Home site licencesFees
New park home licence (per licence)

(Sites of 30 units or less) £324

Additional  units, £40 per multiple of 30 units

Annual licence fee (per site)

(Sites of 30 units or less) £148

Additional  units, £40 per multiple of 30 units

Transfer of a licence£29
Amendments to site licence conditions£164
Deposit of site rules (per set of rules)£40

 

Mobile Home Sites in Christchurch and East Dorset

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

Any site with communal facilities such as laundry, toilet blocks, function rooms or where units are rented out, the site owner shall carry out and make available the latest version of the fire risk assessment required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for inspection by residents and when demanded , a copy of the risk assessment shall be made available to Dorset Fire and Rescue

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 site 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.

Park Rules for individual sites

Please note that Christchurch & East Dorset Councils do 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.

You can get advice on site rules from the Park Home Advice Line on 0207 383 9800 run by the Leasehold Advisory Service (opens in a new window)

Below are the site rules that have been deposited with Christchurch and East Dorset Councils.

Disclaimer regarding Mobile Homes Site Rules

All site rules received by the council are required to be published under Regulation 16 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 (opens in a new window). The site rules published on this page, as required by the above regulation, are an exact copy as received. The council accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions regarding the site rules.

In addition the local authority;

1) does not endorse or approve these site rules and

2) is not responsible for their content or enforcement

Further information on the changes introduced by the MHA 2013 can be obtained from the Department for Communities and Local Government (opens in a new window)

The Government has also extended the role of the Leaseholder Advisory Service (LEASE) so that park home residents can contact them for help and advice. You may find this particularly helpful for matters where the local authority does not have a role such as site rules, pitch fees or the selling/gifting of park homes.

Please see contact details for LEASE

Christchurch sites

Beaulieu Gardens Home Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Gracelands Park (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

Greenacres Residential Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Hoburne Park (pdf, 926kb) (opens in a new window)

Twin Oak Park (pdf, 190kb) (opens in a new window)

Meadowside (pdf, 201kb) (opens in a new window)

East Dorset sites

Gladelands Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Brookside Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Dewlands Park (pdf, 398kb) (opens in a new window)

Hillbury Park (pdf, 599kb) (opens in a new window)

Lone Pine Park (pdf, 932kb) (opens in a new window)

Handley Park (pdf, 333kb) (opens in a new window)

Pinehurst Park (pdf, 613kb) (opens in a new window)

Rest-a-While (pdf, 420kb) (opens in a new window)

St Leonards Farm Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Sunest Park (pdf, 419kb) (opens in a new window)

Sunnyside Park (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Oaktree Park (pdf, 411kb) (opens in a new window)

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