Planning Permission and the NestHouse™
There are no simple answers here (!) – all situations are different and require careful consideration of the site and the intended use of the NestHouse on the land.
- The NestHouse can conform to the definition of a caravan – “any structure designed or adapted for human habitation which is capable of being moved from one place to another” (whether by being towed, or by being transported on a motor vehicle or trailer) provided they retain the element of mobility. In addition – for permanent living – the NestHouse can be built to BS3632:2015 – thereby conforming to the British Standard for Residential Park Homes (static caravans).
- The NestHouse has also been designed to fit within the parameters of Permitted Development. So in the correct situation can be classed as an allowable outbuilding.
The NestHouse can be configured to fit either of these strategies without needing Planning Permission but please be aware that if you intend to live in a NestHouse as your primary permanent residence, then you will have to apply for Planning Permission without question!
For a preliminary survey of your land see: Tiny House Scotland Site Survey
If you are are a householder and wish to put a NestHouse in your garden then this can probably be done under Permitted Development without planning permission – but it must be within the curtilage of the dwelling ie. the drive or garden – not an adjoining paddock or field. It must be for domestic use only by the family or as guest accomodation and not rented as a private dwelling or separate business premises. It is therefore incidental to the enjoyment of the house and not to be seen as development; it is a chattel an article of moveable personal property. So for example this would cover use as a summerhouse, granny annexe, hobby room or studio, spare room/extra accommodation. Note that Building Control may still need to be involved eg. for provision of services etc.
For guidance on Scottish Permitted Development see Gov.Scot.
NB. All the above depend upon local conditions – for example – if your house or land is a listed property or in a conservation area, green belt etc. There is no substitute for checking with your local planning office at the earliest opportunity; most of them run drop-in surgeries for such a purpose. Alternatively you could engage a local Planning Consultant for advice.
It should also be noted that although there are some very black and white areas, there are also many grey areas! So there are various possible strategic approaches available depending on the site situation and the use of the NestHouse. The design ethos of the NestHouse should be well received by most Planning Authorities for its highly Eco sustainability, low energy requirement, low impact on the land and removeable without a trace credentials. Certain elements like the prototype’s sleeping loft may be problematic with Building Control but there are plenty of alternative solutions to overcome this.
Note also that in the UK – regulations tend to have minor variations between England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland etc.