One question that we always get regarding our lodges and garden rooms is around planning permission. Do you need it? The simple answer is that it depends on where you are going to use your building and what's its intended use? For example, a lived in annex with all mod cons could be treated differently from a standard, unoccupied garden building. We always recommend seeking professional advice when applying for planning permission, this is purely a guide to give you an idea for the criteria for permitted developments.
Good news! Usually, garden offices and the like are considered "Permitted Development" on your property. Size is often a big dependent, so we make sure we state clearly our dimensions.
If you can say 'Yes' to all of these questions, you won't need planning permission:
As mentioned, if all of the above are answered yes, in most cases you won't need planning permission for your garden office. Of course, there are some special situations though. Answer these questions to check:
Still yes? You won't need planning permission!
If you are thinking of accommodating agricultural workers and/or family members, or fulfilling the requirements of an agricultural tie - you may think you can just go ahead and buy a lodge from us. However, planning laws are rigorous, with multiple restrictions on building new homes in the countryside as part of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 55. For example, 7 and a half acres is considered the minimum size for a smallholding, which would make it more difficult to obtain planning permission for smaller acreages.
Obviously, we can only offer general advice. As an example, if you currently reside elsewhere, you would need to demonstrate a proven requirement to live on the land to look after your livestock.
Your application has to be accompanied by a business plan showing that within 3 years your business will be profitable, sustainable and earning you the equivalent of an agricultural wage.
Employing a specialist agricultural planning consultant is our best advice here. And we must stress that unless you have a rigorous business plan, your application is unlikely to be considered any further.
Obtaining planning permission for holiday homes is more likely if you are intending to sit them in an area where the Local Development Plan encourages tourism. Our advice on this is to research carefully. Does the area have a shortage of holiday accommodation? Are you able to show the need for more? If you can, show how you can contribute to the local economy by adding employment and income to the area through tourism.
The cost of the Building and all associated works and any Optional Extras (which excludes VAT) will be the price indicated on the Order.
Unless otherwise stated in the Order, payments of the price of the Order (plus VAT) shall be due and payable by you as follows:
You would have the right to cancel the contract within 14 days of the contract being entered into without giving any reason. Such cancellation period will expire after 14 days of the contract being entered into.
If work begins as requested within the 14 day period, you can still cancel the order, however, you would be charged for the cost of the works carried out by us and any materials bought until the time when you tell us that you want to cancel the contract.
For our full terms and conditions, please contact us here.
Our lodges can be regularly moved and therefore do not occupy a fixed site. This means that they fall under 'Plant and Machinery' within the Captial Allowances Manual. Our lodges are a perfect, cost effective solution for farmers looking to provide temporary accommodation for their workers.
For more information on this, please see the following link: www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/capital-allowances-manual
All of our lodges are built to BS 3632 Standard, using both traditional methods and state-of-the-art technologies to produce high quality, trend-setting lodges.
Upgraded features in a BS 3632 model residential lodge/park home include:
BS 3632 simply opens up a new world of residential living options. While before you may have been staying in a home that was only suitable for seasonal stays, the BS 3632 has improved quality and security of the structure significantly, meaning that residential park homes can be of the same standards as more traditional housing - for substantially less money.
Our team works tirelessly to create your designed lodge, ensuring all regulations and such are taken into account during the build.
You can see more about the construction of our lodges on the Production Process page.
You may be asking yourself why you are seeing mentions of The Caravan Act on a lodge and garden room website. The Caravan Act in this context is that it's not about caravans, but effectively the definition of a mobile home in general. A caravan (mobile home) is a structure designed or adapted for human habitation that can be moved in one or two sections.
In everyday terms, if it's a building fixed to the ground and can't be moved, it can't be a mobile home.
The importance of a mobile home status? Well mobile homes benefit from some what relaxed requirements for planning permission. For example, you would need planning permission for a brick-built annex in your garden, but not for our of Preseli Lodges and Garden Rooms' transportable lodges in the majority of situations. You can read further into this via our Planning Permission Information tab.
According to the Act's full title - The Caravan Sites Act 1968, as amended in England 2006 and Wales 2007, there are several criteria for what constitutes a mobile home. The definition of this in Section 29 of the Caravan Act is crucial. The dimensions should be:
As well as the dimensions, it must also be: