Hi, I’m hoping to move to the Totnes area in a couple of years and will need somewhere to live while I look at properties. I can’t afford to rent somewhere (money down the drain) so had come up with the seemingly bright idea of buying a static caravan as a temporary measure. I’m gutted to discover on further reading that you can’t live in these things permanently and have to vacate them for three or so months a year. I currently live on a canal boat so would have had no problem adjusting to such an abode. Does anybody have any ideas how you get over this problem without renting?
Cathy, yes most static caravans here in the South West are designated for holiday occupation only under planning rules. Some are designated for permanent occupancy, usually called “Park Homes” and located on trailer parks. They can be bought and sold but the pitch fees are quite high. Some are also designated for seasonal agricultural workers and a few are permitted as a precursor to the construction of an Agricultural Occupancy Restricted Dwelling.
If you are used to living on a boat, why not buy a second hand touring caravan or motor-home and find a friendly farmer who for a few £s or some chores is willing to turn a blind eye to the planning rules and let you park up in his yard?
Hi Gideon, thanks for that. I don’t drive so that’s not really an option for me. Plus, I have a large dog and a cat, so need a reasonable amount of space. Yes I looked at the caravan parks and, apart from looking horribly clinical, they were pretty expensive and had waiting lists. I might have to get some help from the Life After London people selecting eligible places and just get a train down there and look at a whole bunch. Not ideal. I bought my boat without physically seeing it, so maybe I’ll get lucky again.