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Kevin Mcclouds Eco Cabin


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#1 DavesWife

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:42 PM

We have watched this programme and enjoyed it because we like to re-cycle, etc. BUT - I still do not understand how Mendip Council were not knocking on Kevin's door.

We have 9 acres, that included a farm yard and pole barnes, just outside of the building line and had a craft workshop on it. Wanted a mobile home as a food hut, etc. Several nights our son slept over instead of driving back to his own home after he finished work.

He was reported! We had letters from PC they had a meeting and environmental officers were called out. When we met them they were quite nasty. They even spied some hay stacked up and asked us if it was for our own animals. We told the truth and said it was a friend's and the cows in the field were the local farmers. They told us the bales had to be removed.

They said they also wanted a pile of builders rubble (we had dug some out of the farmyard that was part of the land) as we were not allowed to store that there. It left us feeling we had this land but we were not allowed to do anything on it. In fact it was not visible from the road what we were doing there - but - someone didn't like it.

We then paid for a land agent to advise us what we could and could not do on our land. He said as the Mobile Home was only for protection and making refreshments whilst visiting the land they couldn't stop us, Sleeping over was a deffinate 'No'.

So looks like if we built one like Kevin we would have been OK.

http://www.telegraph...-the-woods.html

Edited by DavesWife, 08 October 2012 - 08:43 PM.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:41 AM

http://logcabinadvic...mcclouds-cabin/

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To circumvent planning laws, the cabin had to be mobile. Hence, Kevin’s cabin was constructed on oak plates bolted to the chassis of an old army trailer.

However I think he may need planning permission for "change of use" for the land if he keeps it on there more than 28 days.

Travellers aren't allowed to pitch up anywhere they like even if their cars and vans are "mobile".

Edited by temp, 09 October 2012 - 06:48 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 07:17 AM

or perhaps not....

http://www.woods4sal...legislation.htm

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Using a caravan for forestry purposes, such as storage, shelter for workers or as an office, is another matter. Provided the caravan is not for residential use, it falls completely outside planning controls, and you do not need to ask the planning authority in advance. According to the Caravan Sites Act 1968, the legal definition of a caravan includes mobile homes and self-built structures. Under this definition, there is no necessity for the caravan to have wheels, as long as it is under the size limit (60 feet long, 20 feet wide and 10 feet high), can be delivered in no more than two sections by lorry, and is capable of being moved in one piece along a road when assembled.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:27 AM

Interesting one this. A local 'park homes' site got into trouble for planning breaches and found itself subject to an enforcement notice to remove a number of them.

I'll try and get some more details on this case. It was a couple of years ago and I didn't really follow it through.

#5 DavesWife

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

It is interesting isn't it? So we agree sleeping in your 'hut/caravan' is another matter. Kevin was quite happy to boast he had his bed, could do his cooking, had his loo, had his friends over, etc.

All I know we certainly felt victimised by the enforcement officers and felt that we may own the land but we certainly could not use it without restrictions placed upon us. (We do not even have any Right of Way over our land - so public can't be in danger.)

What annoyed us more was the fact we all own our own homes (we had to prove that to them) so it was not as though we wanted to 'move in'. But when they were looking around with their note pad, and we answered honestly about the hay, to be told to remove it as we could not store someone else's hay in our pole barn was just about the final straw! :angry: Oh! I asked if it was OK to store our caravan that we had just bought to take grandchildren on holiday in one of the pole barns so that it was under cover? They said 'No! You do not have a house here so take it to your own property with a house.' So did as we were told.

What does seem wrong is the enforcement officers read us the rule book! We then decided to pay to find out to find out just what we could and could not do. So we challenged the council and the mobile home has stayed but we know the PC are watching us closely. (We have been asked several times would we like to sell.) So it could be 'it is not what you know but who you know' and we don't know.......

Edited by DavesWife, 09 October 2012 - 03:35 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 10:40 PM

Sounds insane! Seems these people are paid to waste other people's time. What a waste of time and money! You sure can understand about Romany people parking up and making a total nuisance of themselves - that obviously should be forbidden. And if you want to change the land that belongs to you in some radical way, then sure - you ought to go through the right channels. But for really small issues such as you are doing, it's sanity gone mad!