Policy RUR 9: Caravan and camping sites

  1. Under LPS Policy PG 6 'Open countryside', development that is essential for uses appropriate to a rural area will be permitted in the open countryside. Where their scale is appropriate to the location and setting, sites for touring caravans and camping (where visitors pitch their own tents) are considered to be uses appropriate to a rural area, provided it can be demonstrated that a countryside location is necessary for the proposal.
  2. In the open countryside, proposals for touring caravan and camping sites that are demonstrated to be appropriate to a rural area under Criterion 1 will be supported where they accord with other policies in the development plan and:
    1. the proposals make the best use of existing infrastructure such as existing buildings, utilities, parking and vehicular access;
    2. additional buildings, structures and ancillary development are restricted to the minimum level reasonably required for the existing or planned operation of the facility; are well-related to each other and existing buildings and do not form isolated or scattered development;
    3. the proposal does not unacceptably affect the amenity and character of the surrounding area or landscape (including visual impacts, noise and odour) either on its own or cumulatively with other developments;
    4. appropriate landscaping and screening is provided;
    5. the site is capable of being connected to existing services;
    6. the site is capable of providing essential facilities (for sanitary and basic domestic uses) for users of the site; and
    7. the highway network is suitable for the types of vehicles and caravans that are likely to use the site.
  3. In the Green Belt, LPS Policy PG 3 ‘Green Belt’ will also apply and the relevant paragraphs of the NPPF will be a material consideration.

Supporting information

6.36 By their nature, touring caravan and camping sites often need to be located outside of settlements and they contribute to the rural and visitor economy.

6.37 This policy is limited to proposals where visitors bring their own accommodation. It does not apply to proposals for any form of static accommodation (whether temporary or permanent in nature) including (but not limited to) static caravans, chalets, pods, yurts, tepees or glamping structures.

Policy information


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