As long as your building is deemed as permitted development then planning permission is not normally required, although you would have to adhere to conditions as laid out below:
Planning Permission for small garden buildings, garages, offices etc
- No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
- Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
- Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
- No more than half the area of land around the “original house” would be covered by additions or other buildings.
- In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites (designated land*) the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.
- On designated land* buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
- Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.
Planning Permission for transportable log homes and the Caravans Act
A ‘caravan’ is defined in s.29 of the Caravan Sites & Control of Development Act 1960 as “any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another..”. The Mobile Homes Act 1968 establishes that a ‘Twin Unit’ mobile home must also conform to certain dimensional and structural requirements.
- To conform to the Caravans Act a caravan must fall within 6.8 x 20m externally and an internal height of no more than 3.05m.
- A twin unit must have two separately constructed sections, each section must be capable of being transported.
- A caravan can be sited within the curtilage (garden) to the main dwellinghouse as long as its use is ‘incidental to the enjoyment of the main dwellinghouse’. So if use is exclusively for family members, is ancillary to the main house and cannot be deemed as separate self-contained accommodation then planning permission is not required.
If you wish to use your transportable building for any other purpose than laid out above then you will be required to apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development.
We would always recommend our clients to consult a local planning consultant or their local planning authority when thinking of investing in a transportable log house.
Yes. We are a custom build company so any buildings on our website are fully customisable or we can design a building from scratch with you. We also offer the option of a traditional timber framed buildings which are again designed to your requirements. We are happy to guide and advise you but we like our builds to be led by your ideas and requirements.
We can supply and build our larger log or timber framed buildings anywhere within the UK.
Our buildings can all be designed to allow for the inclusion of a full winter pack. Fully wrapped and insulated to allow for year round occupation. A log house is particularly efficient. The logs themselves naturally have a great insulation value keeping the building warm in the winter and cool in summer.
Yes. We always recommend that a qualified hetas installer carries out the installation of your log burner. If you discuss your requirement of a log burner with us we can design your building to accommodate this. We too would recommend that you install a log burner with a low output, our buildings are very well insulated and energy efficient and as such need little heating.
Yes of course. We would require you to discuss this during the design stage of your project.
Yes, there are insurers that will insure your log or timber framed house.
We collectively have over 30 years experience within both the timber framing and log building industry. We are a small family business and pride ourselves on keeping close contact with our clients at all times during the design and build process. Also we live in our own log home, so have first hand experience of log house living!