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Travellers on their own land

This content applies to England

When Travellers use their own land as a caravan site .

Some Travellers buy their own land to use as a caravan site. To do this Travellers will normally need to gain planning permission (see the page on Planning law) and then a site licence.

For more information on site licences see the section on Mobile homes.

A site licence is not required if the land is not being used for more than two nights. Site licences can be granted indefinitely or for a specific period of time and can have conditions attached (eg limiting the number of caravans allowed on the site).

Travellers occupying their own land without planning permission risk being removed from that land. Where an enforcement notice to remove Gypsies who had been occupying a site they owned for three and a half years without planning permission was not complied with, the High Court held that it was appropriate to grant an injunction to remove them from the site, and that to consider such an injunction a disproportionate interference with their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights would risk undermining the planning system and criminal law.[1]

The information on this page applies only to England. Go to Shelter Cymru for information relating to Wales.

[1] Doncaster MBC v AC and others [2013] EWHC 45 (QBD).

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