Man seeks law change to aid care of parents

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A COUPLE are asking for planning rules to be overturned so they can help care for their ageing parents.

In a long-running row, Clifford and Angela Arnold have been served with an enforcement notice by Fareham Borough Council, ordering them to leave the holiday chalet at Solent Breezes in Warsash they use as a permanent home.

Under rules they are only allowed to live there full-time from February to November.

But at a planning appeal, Mr Arnold told government inspector Colin Thompson that they needed to live there all year to care for his elderly parents who are suffering from poor health and live in the neighbouring chalet.

Only 22 of the 88 chalets at the park, including the one owned by Mr Arnold’s parents, have permission to be used all year.

The Arnolds have lived full-time at the park since 2002. Mr Arnold said: ‘I’m asking for a full-time occupation so I can look after my parents.

‘If I’m not there someone else would have to take them to the hospital, or they’d need several visits each week from social workers. Is that cost-effective?’

The council argues that living there all year is against numerous policies designed to protect the countryside.

Stephen Jupp, the council’s planning consultant said: ‘In our view, the circumstances are not strong enough to contradict the very strong countryside rules.’

The decision will be published at a later date.