Holiday and residential parks

Operating in the holiday and residential parks sector is not all sunshine. There are very specific challenges, and not all solicitors will be familiar with them.

Planning permission, site licensing, disputes with residents – established operators will know all about these problems, and anyone thinking of setting up a new business needs to learn quickly.

We see things from your point of view

As an Associate Member of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA), our holiday and residential park lawyers fully understand the issues you face, and how to resolve them.

Associate members of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association

And as one of the few law firms in the country with a specialist parks team, we can also provide you with the exact expertise you need to go forward and achieve your objectives. Most importantly, we can untangle legal complexities and present them clearly. You’ll find we’re very approachable, as well as knowledgeable, and speak with a passion for this all-important industry.

Advice across all areas

The beautiful South West is an irresistible draw for tourists and holiday parks abound. However we also act for holiday and residential park owners across England and Wales. Our expertise covers:

  • rights under a holiday licence agreement or lease
  • disputes under the Mobile Homes Act 1983
  • planning and site licensing matters including interpretation of planning permissions for caravan parks
  • consumer rights
  • business to business contracts
  • commercial disputes
  • actions in the County Court and in the Residential Property Tribunal
  • buying and selling caravan parks, including asset and share purchases
  • employment law advice
  • advice on brand protection and intellectual property law
  • inheritance and specialist tax advice
  • contentious probate
  • succession planning

Our recent experience includes:

  • acting for Wookey Hole on the purchase of a holiday park
  • obtaining trade marks for a holiday park client
  • representing a residential park operator in the Residential Property Tribunal on a pitch fee review
  • representing a park operator on an appeal from the imposition of site licence conditions by the licensing authority
  • obtaining Certificates of Lawfulness increasing the value of clients’ parks
  • dealing with litigation brought by family members contesting a will which involved a chalet park
  • defeating a Sale of Goods Act claim relating to a caravan sold prior to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and obtaining an order for costs
  • successfully represented Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park for an unfair dismissal claim against them

Our years of expertise allows us to provide a seamless service across park issues. For example, not only do we guide park operators through changes to their site licences but also how it may impact other things, like owner agreements.

Adding value to a multi-billion pound industry

Tourism is vital to the UK economy. In the South West alone, visitor spend is estimated to be around £10 billion. Park operators make a major contribution to this, creating local employment for over a quarter of a million people.

With an aging population and the need to build more houses, park homes are starting to be recognised as a more affordable option to home buyers.

The marketplace and demand for lodges and park homes is booming!

Talk to us, and see how we can add value to your business and grow your share of the marketplace.

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Cosawes Park Homes has no hesitation in recommending the professional service provided by Stephens & Scown. In our dealings with Kirstie Apps, she has always responded swiftly and thoroughly to any help we have required on legal matters. She has given advice in a clear and practical way which has enabled us to get on with efficiently running our business. Her experience and depth of knowledge in relation to the operation of Mobile Home Parks has been invaluable to us.

Cosawes Park Homes – Celia Fraser

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