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temporary agricultural workers dwelling

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In our search for information about possibly building a home, we have come across your website.
We have a few questions, but let us first explain the situation. Chris currently works as Nursery manager at Valley Grown Nursery. They would like to look into the option to get us to live on site and they have asked us to get some more information about the building process, costs and time frame. Is it possible to sit down with someone and discuss the options?
We are looking for a 3-4 bedroom house, with one bathroom. Ideally the build is to be finished at the end of June this year. There is a piece of unused land available at the nursery site (approximately 20-40 meters).
We have had a look at your portfolio and floor plans on your site and that’s given us a rough idea of what we would like. Also if it’s possible we would like to have a look at one of your show homes.

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Thank-you for your enquiry… Have you spoken with a planning consultant? You need to apply for a temporary agricultural workers dwelling…. it used to be called PPS7 application. Viewing are booked online where are you based?

The idea is that this will be built in the garden of my mothers property

The idea is that this will be built in the garden of my mothers property – it will be used as accommodation for my  family – services linked direct and fed off main house and therefore we are of the understanding that no planning will be required so long as we meet the ‘mobile’ criteria and size. The garden includes an extremely large concrete area that this can be sited on ( it used to be a farm yard but not been farmed for 30 years and is deemed part of garden) – we have read the various criteria   and understand a bit about it but believe that we do fall into not requiring permission – I have discussed it with the chairman of our local  parish council and he is in agreement that it falls outside of a need for planning based on what I have told him . WE are going to be using it as accommodation whilst we are building 4 houses  in the adjacent field which has outline planning already granted – but the building works will be over a 5 year period as we are proposing   to self build ( and fund – hence why its going to be a long project !! ) –  and then sell each one once completed. Long term I see that this mobile home may remain after we move into the last  house we build andthen  become my daughters residence ( alternatively it may be re sited in what will be our new house garden- but that a long way off yet !. There is so much so up in the air as I am sure you can imagine, but my first priority is  to sort the immediate living needs of the family !

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Yes you don’t need planning but we do advise you get a lawful development certificate… did you see our planning guide?
Ok as above… you don’t need planning it just about peace of mind really…

 

We are in the process of researching homes that fall within the “caravan act”

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Hello,
We are in the process of researching homes that fall within the “caravan act” as we are looking to erect one on the family farm. We are in the early stages and are soon to apply for planning permission. Your homes look very high quality and I find them much more attractive than the alternative log cabins. We would be looking for one of the larger homes as it would be a family home (kids plus dogs!) and probably used for long term living accommodation.
I would need a little help with arranging the layout as we would require 3 bedrooms but we would also require a utility room with a back door onto garden – I have a layout in mind and would like to know at what stage is best to ask you to create a floor plan and start costing the build? Like everyone we want the best available space (within the restricted space allowed under the caravans act)
Kind regards
Jo

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 Thank-you for your enquiry…
For your interest I’ve attached an example quote for a 65 x 22 ft mobile home. You will see different prices that represent various finishes… I hope it’s not too confusing we just need to show all the different materials options because the same floorplan can have a price variation of 40%.
I will post a catalogue today…
Have you seen the example floorplans on our website?

I understand I will need formal permission to site a mobile home / certificate of lawful use as this will not be within my permitted development rights.

I have been looking at a timber / log cabin mobile home lodge to be located on my family farm, and I am very interested in your products – a 2 or 3 bedroom lodge, fully winterised.

However, key to making any progress is to address the issue of planning permission.

is the location in one of the fields then? it will much easier if you can locate it in the garden 

I fully recognise that planning permission would be my responsibility rather than yours, but maybe you might have guidance / advice, or alternatively can suggest how others have approached the planning dilemma.

yes we can guide you in the right direction

 

I understand I will need formal permission to site a mobile home / certificate of lawful use as this will not be within my permitted development rights.

a certificate of lawful use is for something that is also legal like a permitted development… if it’s in the garden and legal not needing planning then you can have that confirmed by applying for a certificate… in the instance where a certificate will not be granted you will need to apply for planning permission. 

The farm is just outside Henley in Oxfordshire. The farm is 80 acres, with a farmhouse in one corner and a farmyard in the middle. The farm is in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which will probably complicate planning.

nice 🙂

The idea is to site the lodge in the farmyard. In terms of precedent, there is currently a disused Portakabin alongside some other barns; we had a large static caravan sited on the farmyard some years ago; and a small touring caravan has been on site for many years.

ok that could be critical… how long has the caravan been on-site? is it in the general location you want the new one?

 

The farmyard itself is secluded in the middle of the farm, is more than 100 metres from a public road, is not overlooked by any houses – so a lodge will not be visible to anyone else. Additional screening by trees is perfectly possible.

sounds lovely… but in terms of planning it offers no protection… you need to sort these things at the start if you want to invest in a proper home… although it fine for static caravans etc… I sure you want the security of knowing it’s all legal.

 

The intended usage for the lodge would be as follows:

• Occasional overnight visits for friends / family
• Toilet / washing facilities for those working on the farm / visiting
• Potential use for agricultural tourism

has the exiting caravan been onsite for over 10 years? not the specific one… but the one before and this one.. does it tally over 10 years?

 

The justification for the lodge can be built out further if necessary (seasonal accommodation for farmworkers, etc).

ok it might come to that

 

The lodge is not intended to be a full-time residence and would be ancillary to the main farmhouse (though 300 metres from the actual farmhouse).

you normally always site a mobile home with no problem.. so don’t worry you plans are solid… it’s really the use that is regulated… you will be fine… will you be keeping you london address?

How do you suggest progressing? Do you have any advice you can give, or do you have any Planning Consultants you recommend?

Yes our consultants ’Tozers’ are linked below… 

Happy to chat through by phone or email.

I have spend days and days looking at cabins/lodges/mobile homes

I have spend days and days looking at cabins/lodges/mobile homes and a lot seem to be the same but resold by different companies. On a low budget I want to be sure I am going to source as I do not need to pay for a park siting or commercial price.
Basically the situation has arisen such that elderly in-laws need care. We have a big enough garden to site a home on but are new to this and there are so so many different companies on the market that it is a bit of a minefield for us. We want a home that they will be comfortable all year round and for it to feel enough like a real house that they welcome the idea of living in it. They love their own home but we live 4 hours away and they need care.
We want a home with big windows, 3/4 bed I think so they can carry on with their hobbies and so there is a spare room should one of us/ a carer need to sleep there. I think one bathroom and then an ensuite loo to 1 bedroom will be ok.
I very much like your pictures and realise a lot of designs are bespoke but can you let me know if possible the exact prices of examples you show so we know if we are looking in the right place. Also what is included and if one can leave anything out to reduce prices.

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Have you made a application for a certificate of lawfulness yet?

We are looking for a twin home as a permanent residence for my parents in law on our farm.

Hello! I live on Anglesey, North Wales and are looking for a twin home as a permanent residence for my parents in law on our farm. There is already a static caravan but we need something bigger and better. We are looking for something with 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, central heating, double glazing and possible wheelchair access. I am very impressed with your amazing builds and hope that you can help us. I note that your prices start from £80,000 but unfortunately our top budget at the moment is around £65,000. Despite this I thought that there was no harm in contacting just in case you could help us in any way. ( We are going to do this as my father in law is in ill health – if something could be done, how soon can they be built?) I would greatly appreciate any advice.

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How long has the existing static been onsite?

What size build are you looking at… I’ve attached an example quotation…

You can but the frame and erect plus cladding window and roof… if you project manage the internal trades locally you will save some funds

Have you applied for planning?

park home manufacturers

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We have elderly relatives who we need to move in with us or close to us as they need looking after.
We have a large enough garden to site a home on, but two major concerns are the cost, and making it nice enough for them as they are having to give up their own home which they love.
I have read through your site at length and have just a couple of questions.
Do the homes have to have any soft of foundations or hard-standing?
Also through your site I came to a list of other suppliers under “sitemap”  park home manufacturers. Some of these companies are in fact on my list to look into. Are you all part of the same company?
Thank you
Suzy
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Thank-you for your enquiry… yes I’m sorry we have 12 websites to cover the industry which can be confusing… can you look at our main site including planning guide for gardens… any email any further questions… thanks

quote for a mobile home to be located at the end of our garden

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I have recently discovered your website and should be very pleased if you would kindly quote for a mobile home to be located at the end of our garden.

The proposed cabin size is 6m wide by 7.85m long, one bedroom plus bathroom kitchenette and shed/storeroom.

Please find attached my initial drawing giving dimensions and proposed layout I will send in my next email a copy of our brief.

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Thank-you for your enquiry…
For your interest I’ve attached an example quote for a similar size mobile home. You will see different prices that represent various finishes… I hope it’s not too confusing we just need to show all the different materials options because the same floorplan can have a price variation of 40%.
We offer a fixed price for delivery and assembly of the structural frame, all finishing is charged at cost +10-% on pay-as-go contracts.
What’s your planning situation?
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Thank you for your prompt response.  I shall read through everything and discuss with my husband.
We have appointed an agent to handle the planning application.  Given the size and the fact that we plan to have a bedroom in the cabin the council have said we need full planning permission however our agent believes it should come under permitted development and a certificate of lawfulness is all that is required.
Do you have any guidance to offer? Or dealings with Richmond Upon Thames?
I would be interested to arrange a viewing of your Guildford building or any other comparable building nearby (TW11).
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Thank you for your prompt response.  I shall read through everything and discuss with my husband.We have appointed an agent to handle the planning application.

Ok I’ve linked Tozers below.. they have a specialist service for caravans in garden (around £600)… Unless your agent regally does mobile I suggest you use Tozers.

Given the size and the fact that we plan to have a bedroom in the cabin the council have said we need full planning permission

That’s correct if it wasn’t a mobile homes just an annexe… mobiles can have facilities

however our agent believes it should come under permitted development and a certificate of lawfulness is all that is required.

you need a certificate yes… take a look at our planning guide online please… it won’t fall under permitted development because a caravan is not development (permitted or not)… it’s just lawful in its own right not because of PD

Do you have any guidance to offer? Or dealings with Richmond Upon Thames?

I have to recommend you use Tozers… or just put your application is… if it is 100% garden and not attached land… you will be able to get a certificate.

I would be interested to arrange a viewing of your Guildford building or any other comparable building nearby (TW11).

Guildford if the closest and is also a small’isj garden mobile… can I ask the owners to contact you to arrange a viewing?

Best Regards,

Guy Little

Value Mobile Homes Ltd

TEL: 01202  760 115

FAX: 01202  937 719

MOB: 07885  503 080

info@valuemobilehomes.com

www.valuemobilehomes.com

 

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If you would like to enquire about making an application for a Lawful Development Certificate to site a mobile home in your garden please feel free to give me a call or send me an email.  My contact details are as follows:
Amy Cater
Associate Solicitor

Email: a.cater@tozers.co.uk
Direct: +44 (0)1392 204511
Office: +44 (0)1392 207020 | Fax: +44 (0)1392 207019
Addr: Broadwalk House, Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon EX1 1UA
Web: www.tozers.co.uk

We’re looking at putting a property in my partners parents garden.

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We’re looking at putting a property in my partners parents garden. We have been looking at your properties and website in great detail. The property will be in Street, Somerset.

We’d like some advice regarding planning etc. We “think” we would need to put a 2nd sceptic tank in (again, this is something we could also do with advice on do we or don’t we?) and know we would need to lay hardstanding ground where the property would be sited. Does this mean we need to apply for Planning Permission or Certificate of Lawfullness?

Would you have anyone that could come and view the site to help us with recommendations.

We have started to get costs from builders and electricians etc but reading your site it seems you can provide all that within the build.

We have drawn up plans using the template from your site, I guess we can send that to you for a quote?

It would be great it you could call back so we can start conversations. We ideally would like to be in the property at the beginning of April which is when our current tenancy agreement runs out.

 

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Thank-you for your enquiry…

We’re looking at putting a property in my partners parents garden. We have been looking at your properties and website in great detail. The property will be in Street, Somerset.

Thanks we’ve just finished a home in Tintinhull nr. Yeovil you can view.

Forward you address for a catalogue. 

We’d like some advice regarding planning etc. We “think” we would need to put a 2nd sceptic tank in (again, this is something we could also do with advice on do we or don’t we?) and know we would need to lay hardstanding ground where the property would be sited. Does this mean we need to apply for Planning Permission or Certificate of Lawfullness?
It should fall under your certificate


Would you have anyone that could come and view the site to help us with recommendations.
We don’t have sales reps. We’re here to help but remotely at first thanks.


We have started to get costs from builders and electricians etc but reading your site it seems you can provide all that within the build.

Yes we do kit builds or turnkey


We have drawn up plans using the template from your site, I guess we can send that to you for a quote?

Yes send your plans for a detailed quote.


It would be great it you could call back so we can start conversations. We ideally would like to be in the property at the beginning of April which is when our current tenancy agreement runs out.

Ok you need to get started on planning… We recommend Tozers solicitors, they are leaders in Mobile Home Planning and have a service for caravans in garden… details below can you contact Amy please… are you 100% sure is garden and not land attached to a house?


Best Regards,
Guy Little
Value Mobile Homes Ltd
TEL: 01202  760 115
FAX: 01202  937 719
MOB: 07885  503 080