Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I LIVE AT THE PARK OR IS IT FOR HOLIDAY USE ONLY?
We have a fully residential License; this means you can use Gateforth as your main place of residence. The park cannot be used as a holiday retreat and the property has to be your main residence.
DO I PAY COUNCIL TAX AND IF SO, HOW MUCH?
You will be registered at the council and you will have all the benefits from your usual council services. We are under the Selby District council and the tax band for all the homes are Band A which as of 2020/2021 amounts to £1290.00 per annum.
ARE YOU PET FRIENDLY?
Yes, here at Gateforth dogs and cats are welcome subject to conditions. We do however insist that all dogs are always kept on leads when walking around the Park and that any fouling is immediately cleared up by the person with the dog.
WHAT IS THE SITE FEE CHARGE?
The site fees charge amounts to £200 per month. This amount is revised annually in line with the Retail Price Index.
Site fees cover a charge for the plot upon which your home is situated, upkeep of all services, such as sewerage, drains, Park lighting, roads, pathways and maintenance of all communal areas. Gateforth park will be a high-quality new build development offering above average space between homes. Once complete there will be a community centre, fishing lake and communal area all within the site fee.
HOW DO UTILITIES WORK?
All Utilities are distributed to each home via meters. Water, sewerage and electric are to be billed and paid directly to the park. There will be LPG Gas on site, and this will be suppled and billed direct from Calor Gas.
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
Yes, you need to be 50 and over to live on site as full time resident. You may have guests under the age of 50 to stay with you from time to time, however, they must abide by the park rules and must not live with you permanently.
CAN I GET A LANDLINE AND INTERNET TO THE HOME?
Yes, there will be a high speed fibre connection to each home and as with any new home the new owner will have to contact the supplier of their choosing for connection to their lines.
CAN I GET A MORTGAGE?
No, mortgages are not available for the purchase of a park homes. However, funding can be available through 3rd parties.
DOES EACH HOME HAVE A WARRANTY?
The home comes with a 2-year manufactures warranty and a 10-year gold shield platinum seal which covers a wide range of faults relating to the structure of the property. Both warranties commence from the home being delivered on site.
DOES THE PURCHASE PROCESS REQUIRE A SOLICITOR?
This is optional but the service of a solicitor is not required if buying directly from the Company.
IS THERE ANY PROVISION FOR STORAGE OF MOTOR HOMES OR TOURING CARAVANS? CAN I PARK MY TOURING CARAVAN OR MOTORHOME ON MY DRIVEWAY??
Provision has been made on the park for a separate storage area as unfortunately, you cannot store your caravan or motorhome on the driveway, you can load and unload for short periods of time. There will be a small charge for storage.
DO I PAY STAMP DUTY?
No, there is no stamp duty to pay.
DO I NEED TO INSURE MY HOME?
It is essential that you insure your home. Homes have to be insured through a Park Home insurance specialist and Gateforth Park can supply a quote.
DOES THE PARK FLOOD?
To our knowledge the park does not flood. It is a new build site and this was investigated at the planning stage. The ground is a soil sand base which drains away very easily.
IS RENTING OR SUBLETTING MY HOME ALLOWED?
Subletting is not allowed.
DOES MY HOME NEED TO BE CHECKED e.g. GAS & ELECTRICS?
Upon handover all gas, electrics and water connections are checked and signed off, it is then the responsibility of the owner to continue with this in the same way as a bricks and mortar ownership. It is important to ensure annual checks are carried out in line with the warranty in order to ensure its continued validity.
WHAT ARE THE GUARANTEES ON SECURITY OF TENURE IN THE EVENT OF THE PARK BEING SOLD?
All owners sign the Written Statement of the Mobile Homes Act, which includes both express and implied terms. The Written Statement gives full security of tenure irrespective of the park ownership.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR RESALE OF A PROPERTY?
Buying a private sale involves a 10% transfer fee to the park, which is made clear in the written statement and purchase contract.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE INSTALLATION?
The properties will include 2 car driveways, steps, turfing or gravel, connections to electric, LPG Gas and water.
There is also fibre optic broadband available to the park. A shed is also included in the price, balconies can be installed where appropriate, with the type of construction being covered within the Park Rules and Conditions.
HOW WILL THE PHASE 2 & 3 SITE WORKS AFFECT THE PHASE 1 OCCUPANTS?
As with any ongoing development there will be some noise from machinery and ongoing work, however the major groundworks in terms of remediation, demolition and recycling of the current concrete bases in situ has already been carried out so that when phase 2 and 3 are in operation this will only involve laying of bases, landscaping and connection to services. A service road will be running to the western boundary of phase 1 allowing works traffic to access phase 2 without the requirement to use the main access roads on the park, this will be repeated for phase 3.
WILL THE AREA ROUND THE PHASE 2 LAKE BE ACCESSIBLE TO OTHER SITE RESIDENTS?
The Phase 2 lake will be private for the owners of the lakeside properties, another lake to the North will be in situ at the end of Phase 1 and during phase 2 for all owners to use.
WHEN WILL THE COMMON AREA NORTH OF THE HOUSES BE COMPLETE, e.g. LAKE AND FOOTPATHS?
There is already a temporary footpath in situ which leads to the northern area of Gateforth park and woodland. The development of this area will be ongoing.
WILL THE PROPERTIES AROUND THE LAKE BE MORE EXPENSIVE IN TERMS OF INITIAL COST AND SITE FEES?
The homes around the lake on Phase 2 will be more expensive due to their size (they will be bigger on average) and the uplift in price for location, it is difficult at this time to put an exact figure on the price as it will depend on size and specification. Site fee will be at a premium of circa 10%
AM I ALLOWED A COMMERCIAL VAN?
Commercial vehicles are not allowed. Mini/Car Derived Vans to the size of a Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or Renault Clio are permitted