Log cabins and Shepherd Huts
What are the planning regulations?
Log cabins, shepherd huts and camping pods are becoming increasingly popular, but the big question is: do they need planning permission?
The answer is that it is not straightforward and depends on a number of factors such as the size of the unit; where you plan to station it; what it will be used for; how it is constructed; and whether it will remain mobile.
If a shepherd hut, log cabin or camping pod complies with the legal definition of a caravan as set out in the Caravan Sites Act, you may be able to station one in your garden provided its use is incidental to the main dwelling. In order to comply with the legal definition of a caravan, the unit must be:
Have been assembled from no more than 2 parts
Be no larger than 20m x 6.8m x 3.05m (internal ceiling height)
Provided the unit meets these criteria, you should be able to put one in your garden. Not all councils always agree or are clear on the legislation, however, and we would always recommend applying for a Lawful Development Certificate in order to protect your investment.
If you plan to station your unit on agricultural land or plan more than one unit, you will probably need to apply for planning permission. For example, you may want to set up a glamping business.
If you want to station your shepherd hut or log cabin on agricultural land this requires an application for a change of use of the land. In this case it is necessary to consider what planning policies might be applicable and other material considerations such as landscape and highways impact, etc.
Whatever your plans, location or situation we can help and are happy to advise you about what might be required for your project whether large or small.
Common projects include:
Shepherd huts for bed and breakfast
Log cabins in gardens to provide care and support for parents
Log cabins for agricultural workers