End of the road for a caravan

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PLANNERS have called time on a chalet-style caravan parked in the countryside for 15 years without permission.

They have refused Raymond Newhouse a lawful development certificate for the vehicle at South Shields Farm, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge, because it has not been lived in continuously.

Calderdale Council’s head of planning, Geoff Willerton, said: “We have not been satisfied on the balance of probability that evidence shows a continuous use of the caravan for 10 years.”

The application for a certificate was further undermined by evidence that showed that while the same site had been in use for 15 years, it was not actually by the same vehicle.

Wadsworth Parish Council had complained about the caravan many times and was concerned about the disposal of sewage .

Several council tax bills were sent to the occupiers over the years and a 50 per cent discount was applied in 2006 because the vehicle was empty.

It was later taken out of council tax banding because it was considered no longer fit to live in.

Since 2008, the council has been taking enforcement action to get the caravan and related buildings demolished.

Mr and Mrs Newhouse claim they were out of the country when the enforcement notice was served and say they applied for a lawful development certificate on the advice of the council.