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Smallholding => Buildings & planning => Topic started by: clairelindy on December 08, 2012, 10:43:40 pm

Title: living on land
Post by: clairelindy on December 08, 2012, 10:43:40 pm
hi me and my boyfriend want to buy some land to live on we dont want to build a house just live in a static carvan(the new versions) we want to try and live off the land what are the rules on living on accommation land? thanks
Title: Re: living on land
Post by: chrismahon on December 09, 2012, 01:45:04 am
As far as I am aware Clairelindy, you can only live on land that is designated as a dwelling site and has planning permission for a dwelling with permission for a residential caravan whilst building work is completed. Or has permission for a permanent static caravan.

There is loads of land available to work, but extremely difficult to be allowed to live on it.
Title: Re: living on land
Post by: lachlanandmarcus on December 09, 2012, 08:52:41 am
If you could cope without the buying bit then there are some exemptions for caravans where they house an agricultural worker on a farm, so if you were willing to work part time for a farmer you might find one willing to have the static and you, or some farms already have a static in place.
Title: Re: living on land
Post by: Rosemary on December 09, 2012, 05:32:25 pm
There's a book called "Field to Farm" which covers this. I haven't read it and I can't rememebr the author's name but I'm sure you'll be able to find it - it is often quoted as the reference work to read if you want to do what you want to do.
Title: Re: living on land
Post by: Ina on December 09, 2012, 05:37:36 pm
Just looked it up - there's a website, too. Very interesting. (
Title: Re: living on land
Post by: bazzais on December 09, 2012, 06:39:19 pm
I'm afraid if it was just as simple as buying a bit of land and putting a caravan on it - there would be no countryside left, as everybody from suburbia would have done it by now.

You either need to find somewhere totally off the radar with willing neighbours (the countryside may be sparse but you can see a car coming and going within ** miles if the land lays right) or be prepared to run the land as a viable business that needs a dwelling near to attend to it.