Lawful Development Certificate, Manchester

Lawful Development Certificate, Manchester

NAPC was instructed to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate for a mobile home in Manchester. This mobile home would be located in the garden of a residence in Salford City Council.


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The primary residence was not subject to any planning restrictions, allowing the applicant to promptly build an annexe for their ageing parent. This constructive solution enabled them to address their needs promptly.

Lawful Development Certificate – Our Approach

We advised our client to seek a Certificate of Lawfulness for the siting of an ancillary mobile home on their land.  Thus enabling our client to receive formal confirmation that the proposed mobile home was lawful and satisfied the definition of a mobile home.

We used our extensive knowledge of the Caravan Act to write the application.  Working with the appointed architect, we produced a mobile home-compliant scheme which embodied what the applicant wanted to achieve.

Our planners assembled a robust planning application comprising a comprehensive Planning Statement.  This statement set out reasons why the proposed mobile home fulfilled the definition of a caravan. This referred to relevant case law and appeal precedents to strengthen our client’s argument.

The Caravan Act

The Caravan Act of 1968 explicitly defines a mobile home as a Chattel, and must meet several tests to achieve this certification. For a full definition of the Caravan Act, click here.

The Lawful Development Certificate Outcome – Success!!

The Lawful Development Certificate was promptly approved. This allowed them to lawfully place a mobile home measuring over 35 sq.m within the limits of the dwelling. The mobile home includes a bedroom, bathroom, shower room, kitchenette, and an open-plan living area.

Further support

Contact NAPC for advice regarding your Certificate of Lawfulness application. Our planning team specialises in mobile homes and annexe planning applications and can guide you through the legislation.

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Learn about annexe planning and the key considerations for making an application on our blog page.

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