Annexe Knowledgebase & FAQ's

Your Annexe questions, answered

How Much Value does a Granny Annex Add to a Property?

Adding a Granny Annex to you property is a good investment, a significant increase can be added onto the value of a property with one our annexes. Added value depends entirely on the size and finish of the annexe though; here we are taking about fully self-contained units, connected to utilities and suitable for living […]

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Does the Council Planning Department Need Contacting?

The answer is No. If the proposed mobile home falls within the criteria of use, conformity and location, then the situation is outside of planning control and approval from the Authorities is not needed. We do, however, advise that in all cases a Lawful development Certificate is obtained for peace of mind. A lawful development […]

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Building a Granny Annexe in Orchards, Paddocks and Woodland

If there is a lack of distinction between the boundary and use of the garden and other areas of your property, for example an orchard area or field used to keep horses that are used by members of the household, then planning permission will usually be required, as the Council will often not conclude such […]

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Restrictive Building Covenants

Restrictive covenants are basically a form of private planning control. They place restrictions on the development or use of land, for the benefit of another piece of land, and are enforceable by one landowner against another. In some cases, particularly modern housing estates, the developer may have placed a restricted covenant that states that caravans […]

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Article 4 Restrictions

The local planning authority may have removed the permitted development rights of an area by issuing an Article 4 direction. This is common in new housing estates. Unless specifically used to restrict the use of caravans the restriction will normally be upon ‘permitted development’, which does not include caravans, as caravans are not development.

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Siting an Granny Annex in a Greenbelt or Conservation Areas

Many homeowners are familiar with ‘permitted development rights’. This is the allowance to construct outbuildings, extensions, sheds etc. without the need for planning approval. However, these rights are often restricted to properties within greenbelt and conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty or scientific interest. This does NOT restrict having an annexes. The crucial fact […]

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Can a Garden Annexe Contain a Bathroom and Kitchen?

Practically every caravan commercially available has all the facilities that would allow it to be lived in. A mobile home caravan sited in a garden with all facilities is capable of being used completely independently. If it were actually to be used in that way, a separate occupation would be created and planning approval would […]

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Why Not Just Apply for Planning Permission for an Granny Annexe?

Statistically there will be a high chance of refusal. Mobile homes can be 20 x 6.8 metres and have over 5 bedrooms, significantly larger than a building likely to be granted conventional planning approval. Additionally there is no restriction on style. Planning permission will often require that the style and finish is ‘in keeping’ with […]

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How Would a Large 20m x 6.8m, 5 Bedroom Granny Annex be Transported?

Our annexes are built onsite from scratch and the mobility off-site and down a non-specific road is hypothetical. This is best answered in ‘The Appeal Decision; Brightlingsea Haven Limited v. Morris 2008’ where it stated ‘It is the structure that must conform to the law not the means of access to where the structure actually […]

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How Big can a ‘Caravan’ or Granny Annex be?

Although the maximum size of a caravan is limited to 20 x 6.8m (65ft x 22ft) in the Caravan Sites Acts, it is still considerably large, with enough space for over five bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and living spaces. A caravan can be significantly larger than most buildings capable of obtaining planning approval as annexes.

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Why Would I Want to Live in a Caravan? They Look Horrible and are Freezing Cold in the Winter!

Many people think of mobile homes and static caravans as having substandard comfort, dreary designs and paper-thin walls. However, they are not all like this. Our Granny Annexes offer all the luxury of conventional residential living. They are built to the same insulation values as a normal house, adhere to all building regulations and are […]

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Siting of an Granny Annexe your Garden

A caravan, be it a touring or static caravan or granny annexe, is regarded as an article of movable personal property known as a ‘chattel’ and there is no public law preventing one being kept in someone’s garden, but there are Laws that regulate the ‘Use’ of land. Our Granny Annexes are classed as caravans […]

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