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Posted By: contadinoI keep hearing that there is a law in the UK that allows you to build on a site if your job is the on-site production of charcoal. Couple this with a permaculture/coppiced woodland gardening/biochar production/self-sufficiency, and you're looking at an ideal loophole in the law to exploit in order to live sustainably without the ridiculous hurdle of planning laws/land costs. I'm not sure how true this is, but it's maybe worth researching a bit.
Residential useYou will not be surprised to hear it is extremely unusual to get planning permission for a dwelling in a wood. There have been a few successful cases, for instance involving charcoal burners in West Sussex and Hertfordshire, where a full-time forester has been allowed to build a cabin or site a caravan. In such cases, there are stringent test of business viability and functional need applied to an enterprise, so if you are managing your woodland for primarily recreational or conservation reasons, permission would almost certainly be denied.
Posted By: renewablejohnI have the opportunity of purchasing a redundant reservoir. Would I need planning permission to moor my canal boat on my own land. The comment from the council has been to get permission from British Waterways but I cannot see why I would need their permission.
It is possible to moor a houseboat on your own land, but you will need to obtain planning permission if you are changing the use from a cruising mooring to a residential mooring. If the site is on a canal or waterway you will also need permission from British Waterways, while the Crown Estate grants consent if the mooring is on the coast.
Houseboats fall outside of planning control unless moored for so long in the same place that they can be regarded as bringing about a material change of use of land. The permanent mooring of a boat for residential purposes where there was not one previously is likely to be a material change of use of land and planning permission would, therefore, generally be required. Similarly, works associated with the mooring of the boat might require planning permission if they amount to operational development. Ultimately, it is for the local planning authority to decide whether planning permission is required.There are no specific permitted development rights for houseboats. No specific national planning policy guidance has been published in respect of houseboats or riverside development.
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