Following lobbying from the CLA, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has extended permitted development rights for temporary recreational campsites, from 28 to 60 days (for up to 50 pitches).
In response, CLA President Mark Tufnell said:
"This announcement will provide a much-needed boost to the rural economy. During a cost-of-living-crisis, many people want to find more affordable ways of going on holiday. This change makes it easier for farmers and land managers to diversify their businesses by creating a campsite, not just for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of other local businesses such as pubs and restaurants, and the holidaymaker themselves.”
Additional changes, such as increasing the period of time the film industry is allowed to use a site from 9 months to 12 months in a 27 month period, will help retain the UK’s leading position in the entertainment sector. Given our countryside has such a rich diversity of landscapes and buildings, I have no doubt filmmakers from across the world will want to make use of these changes."
What matters now is that government continues to explore how permitted development rights can be further enhanced, allowing for different types of business activity, and ensuring appropriate infrastructure can be installed to cater for these businesses to a sufficient standard
Stay tuned for further CLA analysis on the announcement, explaining how the development might impact your rural business.