Essex Caravan Centre Ltd.
Company No. 665769
Directors: S.Derham, P.J. Derham, D. Harris, C. Harris
Residential Park Home Estate near Chelmsford, Essex
frequently asked questions
What sizes are park homes and how much do they cost?
Park homes can come in a wide variety of sizes. However, as a general rule they are either 'singles' (10' or 12' wide) or doubles (20' wide). Lengths can vary between 26' and 52', although we are unable to site anything longer than 40' at Templeton Park.
Prices vary considerably depending upon size and age. An older, small single may be worth £20,000,a new, large double may cost upwards of £150,000.
What are the differences between park homes and conventional housing?
The only difference is the method of construction. Once inside, there’s no difference at all – they are every bit as comfortable and spacious as a modern bungalow. Park homes are built to their own British Standard 3632 and are designed for year round occupation.
Does a park home keep its value?
Values follow closely those of the conventional housing market at any time. They will usually increase in value in the same way as a well kept home of similar size in the same part of the country. However, as they get older, they can begin to depreciate at a fast rate, especially if they are not looked after properly.
How long does a park home last?
There are some homes at Templeton Park more than 40 years old. Park homes built nowadays use greatly improved materials designed for better performance, durability and minimum maintenance. These modern homes also have the benefit of improved timber treatments, uPVC windows, better roof tiles and exterior render, so there is every reason to suppose they will last for a long time.
Can I site my own home at Templeton Park?
Theoretically, yes you can. However, we currently have no empty pitches available, and this has been the case for many years.
What will my expenses be?
Ground rent is payable to the park. This is approximately £1,700 per annum, depending on the size of the pitch and includes water rates. Gas and Electricity is supplied by the park and charged according to amount used.
Are park homes liable for Council Tax?
Yes. However, the majority of homes fall into the lower Council Tax bands.
What are the rules of the park?
As a Park we try not to be too restrictive, but for the good of the park and all the residents, we do have a number of common sense rules all residents are asked to comply with.
I have found a home on the park, what should I do next?
You and the vendor should contact the Park owners. All prospective purchasers must be approved by management. Failure to do so will mean you have no right to occupy the pitch and the home would have to be removed from the park.
Once I have purchased a park home, what rights do I have to the pitch on which it is occupied?
When you first occupy a home, all residents enter into an agreement with the park owner. This sets out the rights of each party going forward. The government has published a number of guides which explain these rights in detail. These can be found here.