Residents to Pay for Processing Local Authority 'Fit & Proper Person' Applications

The Government has said that each local authority will have the freedom to set their own annual fees and that the primary legislation giving the Government power to introduce a fit and proper person test does NOT include a power to prevent site owners from passing on annual or application fees to residents via the pitch fee. 

We do NOT agree that the costs incurred by LA’s should be passed on to the occupying residents. The costs of administration should be borne by the industry or by central Government where its predecessors failed to ensure that the rogue operators were not afforded licences. The administration costs of those failings should not be permitted to be passed on by site owners, where, when added to the pitch fee, they will then be subject to future annual index linking pitch fee increases thereby increasing the cost of park home living.

We have raised a petition to Government seeking to prevent the passing on of such costs and need your maximum support.  

My petition:

  • Prevent costs of the Park owner Fitness criteria being passed on to residents.
  • To investigate whether prevention can be undertaken other than by primary legislation or by advice to Local Authorities that they absorb the costs.

Dated July 2020, The MHCLG published it summary of consultations and the Government’s response. Primary legislation does not include a power to prevent site owners from passing on annual or application fees to park home residents via the pitch fee. These costs should be borne by the industry or by central Government, where its predecessors failed to ensure that rogue and criminal park owners were not afforded licenses and therefore facilitated their expansion. Collaterally, the planned change in England from the use of PRI to CPI will likely cancel the benefit of that intended shift.

Click this link to sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/331180/sponsors/new?token=1iB3EPDBYLY_8-umxAZ3