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Park Homes in West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland

There are currently 10 licensed mobile home parks in West Dorset and 3 licensed mobile home parks in Weymouth & Portland with an excess of 1000 residential homes.

About park homes

The Mobile Homes Act 2013 (opens in a new window) is now in force. 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 sell or gift 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. Fees have been determined by the Councils

West Dorset District Council Park Home Fees Policy (pdf, 260kb) (opens in a new window)

Weymouth & Portland Park Home Fees Policy (pdf, 232kb) (opens in a new window)

Mobile Home Sites in West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland

Sites are licensed by the council under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 (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 (opens in a new window) 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 the Housing Improvement Team.

Park Rules for individual sites

Please note that West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland 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 Leasehold Advisory Service (opens in a new window).

Below are the site rules that have been deposited with West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland 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  Mobile Homes Act 2013 (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window) 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.

West Dorset sites

Cerne Villa Park Site Rules (pdf, 505kb) (opens in a new window)

Handborough Park Site Rules (pdf, 509kb) (opens in a new window)

Montevideo Park Site Rules (pdf, 865kb) (opens in a new window)

Morn Gate Park Site Rules (pdf, 564kb) (opens in a new window)

Oakland Park Site Rules (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Quarr Lane Park Site Rules (pdf, 921kb) (opens in a new window)

Rowlands Park Site Rules (pdf, 504kb) (opens in a new window)

Swanbridge Park Site Rules (pdf, 839kb) (opens in a new window)

Upton Glen Park Site Rules (pdf, 319kb) (opens in a new window)

Weymouth & Portland sites

Broadcroft Gardens Site Rules (pdf, 25kb) (opens in a new window)

Weston Mobile Home Park Site Rules (pdf, 780kb) (opens in a new window)

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