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Posted By: TriassicAlternatively you could build the garage first and live in there
Posted By: djhGet a container to act as storage - especially of a couple of tons of sand or similar. Then get a caravan to live in and park it in the lee; also tied down with a bunch of ground anchors? Would the council let you do that?
Posted By: skyewrightBeing a refurb however does at least mean that potable water is available on tap and there are 'facilities' (albeit very basic, and a 30m walk from the shed).
Posted By: Ed DaviesIf I can avoid it I'd rather not rent a new place on Orkney - I've already sent enough money down the drain renting.Any thoughts on the legal and practical aspects of this idea?
Posted By: Otterbankmy understanding from the Council was that they wanted the caravan removed from site as soon as you moved into the house because too many people were then renting them out.
OIC3.7.1 Caravans are a temporary and insubstantial form of accommodation, which are not suited to the Orkney climate. They are a very poor substitute for a permanent dwelling house both in terms of their amenities and impact on the landscape. Residential caravans are not considered satisfactory as a means of permanent habitation, especially for families with children. However, residential caravans are still used as permanent residential accommodation in Orkney, with the main site being located in Kirkwall.
on sites which have received full planning permission for a new dwelling house or complete renovation within the last two years. Such consents will be for a temporary period not exceeding 3 years while development is actively taking place. The caravan will not be permitted more than 1 month in advance ofdevelopment and must be removed within 3 months of completion of the development. The caravan should not exceed 10 feet in width; or,
where the proposal is in connection with the rural housing location policy for a new house (Policy LP/H2) and where it is the intention of the developer to undertake a proportion of the building work themselves, where a temporary one-off 3 year permission would be granted with no grounds for renewal of thispermission.
Posted By: willie.macleod£6k for two good shipping containers, maybe £2k to insulate/windows&doors/bathroom/kitchen areas - lot of money compared to £4-5k rent for a year till you get house habitable and more importantly effort kind of wasted.
Posted By: Nick Parsons....'' installation of the sceptic tank''. Oh, please, please can I have one of those? And perhaps a sinecure, too
Posted By: Ed DaviesAlso, I'm very keen to avoid time pressure as that's (in my limited experience of watching other people build) the way to get panicked into spending more money than you first thought (cue Kevin Macloud's little speech just before the second advert break).
Posted By: Ed DaviesHowever, the way she spoke seemed to me to indicate that working out those details could be a bit of an iterative process (e.g., she wouldn't give any guidance on what might be suitable for the finish to the gable ends - it's up to me to guess and then they'd express an opinion).
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