There has been lots of discussion and questions about the 28 day ‘rule ‘ of late, and so to clarify a little, here it is in a nutshell…
Landowners/ tenants can use their land for up to 28 days/nights as a campsite for tents without needing planning permission*, and this is how the trial campsites will run this summer.
Generally the 28 days does not need to be consecutive, these dates can be ad-hoc throughout the year, however we are aiming for these days to be grouped together so that the trial period can be easily advertised, managed and monitored.
Some campsites have attracted campers outside of their trial dates, and have allowed campers to stay at their sites; this is permitted and legal however we have asked our trial campsites to notify us of any changes to the 28 days in which they will operate their trial. Therefore, you may notice that some campsites advertise their open days which span a period of more than 28 days, but have some closed days in between, therefore still only trading for 28 days in total. (We aim to keep the website as up to date as possible so that visitors and residents alike are clear about the open days.)
We have encouraged the trial campsites to stick to their proposed trial dates where possible, but also we do not want stifle their opportunities to trial campers at their sites. However, we have reminded all the sites that they have committed to running sites that meet our minimum standards during the trial period.
We hope this helps, and are happy to answer any specific questions that you may have about any of the sites.
*There are further restrictions to the 28 day rule depending on the type of land, where you live in the country and proximity to the house etc, if you are planning to set up your own site, we would advise that you seek further clarity from your local authority