this is my first posting to this forum, although i've been reading the posts, and loving them, for years.
I live in the UK and have made the decision to buy some acres (anything between 3 to 10) and get permitted rural development planning permission for them to build a home.
My question is, has anyone else reading this forum done this? Planning permission for a dwelling in the UK is almost impossible to get on agricultural land, but if you present a decent business plan for an agriculture business and a sound explanation of why you need to live on the land, the planning permission is often granted.
I want to start an organic, permaculture-based market garden, growing vegetables to sell at farmers markets in North London and Cambridgeshire. I would use livestock in a permaculture sense to help manage the land, and keep the by-products for my family. I'd love any advice on how i can present the best case for needing to live on the land - i.e. be there for frost protection, growing plants from modules, hardening them off etc. I'd also love to hear from anyone in the UK who might have been through this process, who could maybe give some advice?
To buy a smallholding here costs upwards of £500,000. I can buy five acres of land in the region of £100,000 and put a caravan on it, and with two small children and little money this is my only option to make the dream happen!