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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION ?
Most private householders in the UK have Permitted Development rights, which allow them to erect or install structures in their gardens for uses ancillary to the house. The conditions vary between the different countries of the UK and there are specific requirements about where they can be located. We have a number of models that are designed to meet the definition of Permitted Development, where such rights apply. Our in-house architects can advise you on whether such rights apply to your property and intended location. If planning consent is required, we will research the options and agree with you a cost-effective way to progress with obtaining approval.
ARE ALL THE DESIGNS CONNECTED TO SERVICES ?
All of our standard models require a standard single phase electricity supply. This can be supplied via an existing electricity connections. Alternatively, all our models can accommodate inverters and batteries to allow connection to local electricity generation such as PVs to allow them to be fully off-grid. Some of our models include integrated washing and toilet facilities. These will require a water supply and connection to sewer or septic tank. Alternatively, some models are able to accommodate compost toilets.
WHERE DO YOU DELIVER TO ?
We deliver to all parts of the UK that are accessible by road as standard, but would be pleased to consider enquiries from elsewhere in the British Isles or Europe. For orders remote from our workshop, we can provide detailed installation requirements to local contractors to ensure costs are kept to a minimum.
DO I NEED FOUNDATIONS ?
You will need to provide the foundations for the cabin to sit on, but we can provide you with advice on this. You can use screw-piles, or a local builder may be able to propose an alternative solution.
CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN FINISHES ?
All our models have finishes and fittings specified as standard. This allows us to deliver a high quality spec for excellent value for money, whilst also ensuring that the materials palette works aesthetically. However, we would be delighted to discuss with you any specific requests you may have that would allow you to tailor your purchase to your specific tastes or needs.
WHAT IS OPD ?
One Planet Development, also known as OPD is a forward-thinking planning policy that provides a genuinely affordable and sustainable way for people to live and work on their own land, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits. It was adopted by the Welsh government in 2011 as part of its One Wales: One Planet scheme. One Planet Development is quantified by ecological footprinting, which reveals how much of the Earth’s resources people are consuming. When households reduce their own ecological footprints this helps their country reduce its overall footprint.
For more information about OPD, visit the website of the One Planet Council: oneplanetcouncil.org.uk
DO YOU BUILD ON SITE OR ARE THE CABINS ASSEMBLED IN A FACTORY ?
Our models are usually built at our workshop in south west Wales and transported to site by lorry for installation. Sometimes access constraints require a degree of site construction or assembly. In such cases, we will work with you to establish the most cost-effective way to deliver the project.
CAN YOU DESIGN A BESPOKE SOLUTION FOR ME ?
We always relish the opportunity to come up with an entirely unique design to meet a customer’s brief. After all, this is the way that architects usually work.
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