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Old 22-07-2017, 09:35
Jungleboogy Jungleboogy is offline
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Hi everyone,

New to the forum. In the short term I plan to buy a static on a holiday park and stay there for the season. However, longer term I want to explore the possibility of buying land and pitching a Willerby style lodge on it as a permanent residence. They have brand new 2 beds starting from around 65k.

Has anyone in Scotland specifically had experience of doing this successfully (or elsewhere.... but keen to hear from those in Scotland and specific councils. Likely to be West Dunbartonshire or Stirlingshire).


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Old 22-07-2017, 11:38
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to the forum David. I can't advise directly, but I am sure you will get plenty of advice coming along shortly.
One thing to be aware of though is, some parks have a limit to the number of consecutive weeks you can stay on the park without a break.
Good luck with your research.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:53
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Hello and welcome.
I have no experience of your proposal, but it may be an idea to compare the cost of buying and siting a pre-built lodge with the cost of a flatpack build-on-site lodge.There will be more scope to have you own design and layout in a flatpack than in a pre-built.
For a pre-built lodge, once you have planning permission for your own land, the pad has to be prepared, the utilities run to it, the lodge transported and sited (including joining the two halves together), then the professionals called in to connect and commission the utilities.
Also bear in mind that if you are a private buyer as opposed to a Park, the manufacturers will almost certainly insist on full payment for the lodge clearing through their bank before you can collect it from the factory.
As far as using a holiday static for the full season, as Rainbow says some site limit how many consecutive weeks you can stay, and even the ones that don't will ask for proof of a residential address elsewhere. Though if you are able to stay through the winter, it will give you an idea of what insulation and heating you need.
bear in mind that the list price is the ex-works price, NOT the delivered/sited price, and does not include residential specification. You will need the residential spec for the insulation, and quite possibly in order to get planning permission to use it as your home.

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Old 11-08-2017, 08:08
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Hi David, to the forum.

If you have any relatives with large gardens, you may be able to site it on their land, with their permission of course. You would have to check with the council but in England, it is quite possible to do that.

Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:23
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The legislation is different depending on planned use. If it is intended to be used as a separate dwelling place with it's own postal address, then planning permission is needed exactly as it would be for any piece of land.
If intended to be used as ancillary to the existing home then planning is not usually needed. But, of course, this means that the land under the van would still belong to the existing house, not the caravan.
And, regardless of whether planning is needed, the costs of delivery and siting would still be the same. Plus if the land already has a house on it, you need either a very large side entrance, or access from the rear. Or a huge crane..

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