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    • Lollobrigida
    • By Lollobrigida 12th Jun 17, 10:08 PM
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    Park homes
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    • 12th Jun 17, 10:08 PM
    Park homes 12th Jun 17 at 10:08 PM
    Any advice about park homes? Apart from that they are very remote usually, are there any problems with buying/living in a park home? Does the mail get there, do you pay additional fees, is it easy to resell it, etc?
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    • Brock_and_Roll
    • By Brock_and_Roll 13th Jun 17, 1:35 PM
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    Indeed.


    As a New Forest resident I know at first hand it is the nice bit of freehold land that the park home is sitting on that is relevant here. I suspect that in this case is may be possible (as hinted at by the EA) to build a replacement "small dwelling" (<80sq.m) as defined by the NFNPA.


    If this were built, I see nom reason why the property might not be worth circa £400k.


    Complete opposite of a park home on a site - here you normally own the shed, but not the land it sits on.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 13th Jun 17, 2:02 PM
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    True park home parks are for permanent occupation, 365 days a year. Most are aimed at retired/semi-retired, with a minimum age of 55, although there some as low as 50.
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 13th Jun 17, 2:21 PM
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    Indeed.


    As a New Forest resident I know at first hand it is the nice bit of freehold land that the park home is sitting on that is relevant here. I suspect that in this case is may be possible (as hinted at by the EA) to build a replacement "small dwelling" (<80sq.m) as defined by the NFNPA.


    If this were built, I see nom reason why the property might not be worth circa £400k.


    Complete opposite of a park home on a site - here you normally own the shed, but not the land it sits on.
    Originally posted by Brock_and_Roll
    You might get permission to replace that with a proper house.

    If not, it still has planning permission (or established use) for a "caravan". There is nothing to stop you just replacing the existing "caravan" with a new "caravan". It is quite possible to build a very well insulated timber framed bungalow that to all intents and purposes is like any other bungalow, but by sticking within the maximum dimensions of a "caravan" as written into the caravans act, and making it so it can be moved it will still legally be a "caravan". Our local council has published a policy note describing what constitutes a "caravan" and they make it clear it does not have to be on wheels. Lifting the structure with a crane onto one or more low loaders makes it portable enough to be considered a "caravan"

    There was one such building featured on Grand Designs a year or two back.
    • Lollobrigida
    • By Lollobrigida 13th Jun 17, 11:40 PM
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    I'd qualify that too, as renting from a social landlord is often much the better option, especially if one is older.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Can anyone rent from social landlord?
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 14th Jun 17, 7:36 AM
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    Can anyone rent from social landlord?
    Originally posted by Lollobrigida
    Anyone can apply to rent from a housing association, council etc.

    For some, there would be no hope of receiving an offer, because people's financial means and other factors, like their age and health will be considered.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
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