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    What is the new 60-day rule in England?

    On 5th July 2023, the English parliament updated the temporary development rights to create new allowances for campsites in England (the new Class BC amendment). These include extending the duration permitted for camping to up to 60 days per calendar year.

    To open a campsite in the UK for more than 60 days, you need planning permission and a campsite licence. However, if you want to run a campsite for 60 days or less in any one year, you can take advantage of your permitted development rights.

    These rights allow you to run a short-term, or pop-up campsites and are an amendment of an existing, 28-day rule.

    Parliaments update of temporary development rights increased the number of days a pop-up campsite can operate from 28 days to 60 days.

    The new 60-day rule comes with some important updates:

    • You are not allowed more than 50 pitches.
    • You must provide toilet and waste disposal facilities.You are not allowed more than 50 pitches.
    • You can provide ‘any moveable structure reasonably necessary for the campsite use’ (for example, portable shower facilities).
    • You must notify your local planning authority in advance every year, including a copy of a site plan (featuring details of the toilet and waste disposal facilities), as well as the dates of operation.
    • If your campsite is within Flood Zone 2 or 3, you must submit a site-specific flood risk assessment every year to your local planning authority. This may involve a fee.

    Currently the amendment only applies to England. The 28-day rule still applies across other parts of the UK, apart from very specific areas that have been given added protection.

    Whether you plan to operate a 28-day or 60-day campsite, there are a few  other limitations to consider:

    • The 28-day permitted development rights excludes the running of a caravan site—the 28-day rights cover tents-only camping, while the new 60-day rights do extend to campervans and motorhomes, but caravans remain specifically excluded.
    • The 28-day rule does not allow you to operate a temporary campsite within the curtilage of a building. The new 60-day rule has been updated and this rule only applies to listed buildings.
    • You are not allowed to operate a 60-day temporary campsite if land is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are also exceptions for SACs, SPAs, and more.
    • You are not allowed to operate a temporary campsite if the land is the subject of an ‘Article 4’ direction, for example, in the New Forest National Park and certain parts of Cornwall. If you’re not sure whether you are impacted, we recommend checking with your local planning authority.
    • You might still be required to apply for a campsite licence.

    You do not need to run your campsite continuously.

    Within the 60-day rule, is the ability to pick the dates that work for you to run a site. For instance, if the midweek is quiet during the school term times, you can open for the weekend and close during the week.

    Each day your campsite equipment is on the campsite counts as a day towards your 60-day total and you’ll need to send your intended dates to your local authority.

    Consider this when deciding the specific dates you will open the site. If you clear the site, the clock stops ticking on your 60-days!

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