Holiday park in caravan dispute

A busy holiday park in Co Waterford has been informed that it requires planning permission for the caravans it keeps on its large camping site.

Holiday park in caravan dispute

An Bord Pleanála has ruled that the use of fixed caravans on motorhome pitches at Dunmore East Holiday Park is not an exempted development under existing planning legislation.

Waterford City and County Council had sought direction from the planning authority on the issue after officials became aware that static caravans were located on the site of pitches for mobile homes.

Planning permission was granted in August 2012 for a motorhome development on the site with space for 41 serviced pitches.

A condition of the planning permission was there must be only one motorhome sited on each of the pitches. Other forms of structures such as mobile homes were not permitted.

However, the council pointed out that the owners of the holiday park had subsequently included a number of static caravans on a number of plots within the park.

The council wrote to Dunmore East Holiday Park in March 2014 requesting the owners to remove the static caravans.

It warned them planning permission was needed for the location of the mobile homes at the site and enforcement proceedings would be taken if no measures to regulate the position were taken.

However, the owners told An Bord Pleanála that they were informed by the acting county manager in a letter dated October 3, 2012, that the council would not object to the phased development of the site to include 14 mobile homes.

They also said that they had always endeavoured to be open and forthright with council officials at all times and that the issue had indeed caused them, “a great deal of distress and considerable expense.”

A submission by the Dunmore East Woods and Parks Trust, who are trustees of woodland adjoining the holiday park, said they had no objection to the development.

However, they claimed that it had resulted in damage been done to the boundaries and integrity of the woodland.

They also expressed concern about the possible provision of static mobile homes which they believed would require planning permission.

In a report, An Bord Pleanála inspector Derek Daly said the condition in the original planning permission for the park limiting its use to motor homes and specifically banning other structures like mobile homes was “unambiguous.”

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