Certificated Sites popularity rises

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Friday 03 April 2009

Privately-owned Certificated Sites (CSs) are becoming ever more popular, with over 260,000 Camping and Caravanning Club members planning to visit one in the next 12 months, according to recent research.

Based across the UK, these sites offer land-owners the opportunity to make use of their spare land and turn it into a profitable diversification without the need for planning permission.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has over 1,350 of these hidden gems, each providing a great service, new views and the chance to become at one with nature.

Bob White, Chairman of the Exempted Camping Committee, said: “Certificated Sites are a great way to make use of your land, without losing the ‘green’ credentials. Now, more than ever, people are looking for cost-effective ways to holiday, a gap that is certainly filled by opening a CS with the Club.

“If you have at least half an acre of land and are interested in increasing your profits and joining this friendly organisation, then get in touch!”

All that is needed to become a Certificated Site is: safe access from the public highway, a level and well drained camping area of at least half an acre, safe drinking water and a chemical disposal point with separate water supply as standard. To encourage more visits, many sites add toilet and shower facilities and electric, some have even given members the options of tepees and saunas!

If you are interested in using your land to become a Certificated Site, please call 024 76 475198 or visit the Certificated Sites web page. To view the Club’s existing site network, visit SiteSeeker

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Editorial Notes:

  1. 5-Van Site Certification - The Law: Under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977, sites accommodating no more than five caravans can be granted an exemption certificate which exempts them from the provisions of the Public Health Act 1936 and the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland