Living in a temporary dwelling on your own land

In most of Europe, it is currently perfectly legal to live in a caravan or camper or log cabin, any temporary dwelling in fact, without planning or other permissions on land which you own.

In this country it is not allowed.  What I would like to see is the abilty for those who wished to, to live full time on their own land, in a temporary dwelling.

Why is this idea important?

In most of Europe, it is currently perfectly legal to live in a caravan or camper or log cabin, any temporary dwelling in fact, without planning or other permissions on land which you own.

In this country it is not allowed.  What I would like to see is the abilty for those who wished to, to live full time on their own land, in a temporary dwelling.

Financial sustainability

It is imperative that any Third Sector/Civil Society/Big Society trust is sustainable.

Currently BW is acknowledged to be underfunded.

The Treasury are keen to relinquish responsibility for the inland waterways while ensuring the national assets are not put at ownership risk.

If the trust does not have sufficient income it will need to either close waterways or sell off what aspects of the non-operational assets they are gifted.

The cheaper solution is to think bigger. Take water as a resource and put that into the Third Sector. All aspects of water, currently within the Environment Agency, including flood defence, use and conservation, ecology (WFD), industry (OFWAT) and navigation can be set into a Water Trust.

This thinks way outside the box, but could capture the imagination of the public who would actively be involved in managing what is one of the country’s most precious resources.

Why is this idea important?

It is imperative that any Third Sector/Civil Society/Big Society trust is sustainable.

Currently BW is acknowledged to be underfunded.

The Treasury are keen to relinquish responsibility for the inland waterways while ensuring the national assets are not put at ownership risk.

If the trust does not have sufficient income it will need to either close waterways or sell off what aspects of the non-operational assets they are gifted.

The cheaper solution is to think bigger. Take water as a resource and put that into the Third Sector. All aspects of water, currently within the Environment Agency, including flood defence, use and conservation, ecology (WFD), industry (OFWAT) and navigation can be set into a Water Trust.

This thinks way outside the box, but could capture the imagination of the public who would actively be involved in managing what is one of the country’s most precious resources.

Update definition of forestry to include community and educational use

The current definition of forestry is limited and is inconsistent with DEFRA'S latest strategy for Trees, Woods and Forests which states that community and educational use of woodlands is core to it's aims.

Under current planning law, woodlands are only available for 'non forestry' use for 28 days a year. This means that community forest schools (which offer children opportunities to learn and connect with their environment), woodland playschemes and conservation groups using young people as volunteers may be required to apply for change of use. Current definitions of land use are also inflexible so that there are no sub groups; educational use is presumed to be a 'school' and a conservation project can find themselves being asked to supply car parking to the same specifications as a new build school in order to get change of use.

I would like the definition of forestry and agrigulture to be more flexible- to allow for sustainable community growing and conservation projects.

Why is this idea important?

The current definition of forestry is limited and is inconsistent with DEFRA'S latest strategy for Trees, Woods and Forests which states that community and educational use of woodlands is core to it's aims.

Under current planning law, woodlands are only available for 'non forestry' use for 28 days a year. This means that community forest schools (which offer children opportunities to learn and connect with their environment), woodland playschemes and conservation groups using young people as volunteers may be required to apply for change of use. Current definitions of land use are also inflexible so that there are no sub groups; educational use is presumed to be a 'school' and a conservation project can find themselves being asked to supply car parking to the same specifications as a new build school in order to get change of use.

I would like the definition of forestry and agrigulture to be more flexible- to allow for sustainable community growing and conservation projects.

Moratorium on Building Regulation part L

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken. 

Why is this idea important?

Have a moratorium on thermal insulation requirements. The CLG have acknowledged only 10% of new dwellings comply. In October the requirements are tightened up again. These rules are written by academics & passed to lawyers. They bear no relationship to reality – hence they are  universally  broken.