Archive for: January, 2016

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.

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.


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

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
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