Planning – Example Letters to Council

EXAMPLE Letter to council seeking confirmation on informal basis

[Date]

[Council address]

Dear Sir

[FULL ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY]

I am proposing to station a mobile home in the garden of my property above. A location plan is attached with the property edged red.  I understand I do not need planning permission to station a mobile home and would be grateful to receive your confirmation of this.

The mobile home would be stationed within the curtilage of my house.

The mobile home would be a [type of caravan proposed] which would come within the definition of a caravan in terms of its design, mobility, size and construction.

The mobile home would be placed on the land and would not be fixed to the ground.

The mobile home would be used for [an annexe by a family member(s) / additional bedrooms / guest accommodation / staff accommodation / hobbies] as an integral part of the overall use of the house as a single dwelling. It would share services, facilities and access with the house. I believe the proposed use would not be a material change of use or would be incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Otherwise, I look forward to receiving your confirmation.

Yours faithfully

[signature]

[your name]

 

EXAMPLE Letter to council to accompany an ldc application

Date]

[Council address]

 

Dear Sir

[FULL ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY]

LAWFUL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE APPLICATION

 

I attach an application for a certificate of lawfulness of proposed use in respect of stationing a mobile home at this property.

Enclosed are:

  • Application form
  • Location plan
  • Cheque payable to the council in respect of the application fee
    • [Statutory declaration]

The following constitute the grounds for making the application.

  1. The mobile home would be stationed within the curtilage of my house.
  2. The mobile home would be a [type of caravan proposed] which would come within the definition of a caravan in terms of its design, mobility, size and construction.
  3. The mobile home would be placed on the land and would not be fixed to the ground.
  4. The mobile home would be used for [an annexe by a family member(s) / additional bedrooms / guest accommodation / staff accommodation / hobbies] as an integral part of the overall use of the property as a single dwelling. It would share services, facilities and access with the house.
  5. The mobile home would not be used as a separate dwelling.
  6. The proposed use would not constitute development requiring planning permission because the property would remain a single planning unit and either:
    1. the use would be an integral part of the main use of the planning unit as a single dwelling house in single family occupation and, therefore, would not involve a material change of use of the land, or:
    2. the use would be a use of land within the curtilage of a dwelling house for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house as such.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Yours faithfully

[signature]

[your name]

 

EXAMPLE STATUTORY DECLARATION

I [your full name] of [your full address and postcode]

DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE as follows:-

1          [I / My wife/husband [full name of wife/husband] and I am/are] the [owner(s)] of [name/address of the house], shown edged red on the attached plan marked ‘[your initials]1’.

2          The property is used by [me/us] as a single dwelling house.

3          [I/We] are proposing to station a mobile home within the curtilage of [my/our] dwelling house.

4          The mobile home would be used by members of the household, guests or staff, only as an integral part of the use of the property as a single dwelling house and/or for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.

5          The mobile home would share services, facilities and access with the house.

6          The mobile home would not be used as a separate dwelling.

AND I make this solemn Declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835.

SIGNED AND DECLARED at

 

in the County of

this _________ day of ________________ 2012

Before me _____________________________

Solicitor/Commissioner for Oaths