From 28 days to 60!

Published: 07/08/2023 By Sam Haskell

A recent update on planning law has seen a significant increase in the number of days farmers and landowners can provide camping pitches under a new 'Class BC' permitted development right. As of 26th July this year, farmers and landowners can now run pop-up sites for campervans, motorhomes and tents for up to 50 pitches over 60 days per year, without the need for full planning permission or a camping licence.

Prior notice is however required to the Local Planning Authority each year, setting out the dates, provisions for waste, and a site plan showing the proposed area and toilets. A maximum of 42 days of consecutive use is permitted, but there is no requirement to remove portable structures during ‘closed’ periods.

The location of a proposed campsite must not be within the curtilage of a listed building, within an SSSI, on a scheduled monument, or in a safety hazardous area. The issue of phosphates and the Poole Harbour catchment area also needs to be taken into consideration. It should also be noted that this permitted development right specifically excludes caravans.

Sam Haskell, Rural Surveyor in our Sturminster Newton office welcomes the update. ‘The extension of permitted development rights from the previous 28 days to 60 provides a greater opportunity for rural areas to take advantage of the staycation, general tourism and the UK festival markets.  With diminishing BPS payments, income generation through diversification is widely sought-after, and it’s not too late to benefit from this summer season!

Symonds & Sampson’s Rural Agents can offer advice on all matters relating to diversification, permitted development and a wide range of matters relating to farms and rural property. Please contact Sam or Edward Dyke in our Sturminster Newton office on 01258 472244, or one of our Planning and Diversification experts (below) in your nearest Symonds & Sampson office.