We found a lovely little cottage with over 4 acres for sale a few weeks ago that would make the perfect starter smallholding for us. The problem is it's been used as an animal shed and now needs planning to turn it back into a house.
Have been going through all the documents for the last planning application to convert it back to a house which was refused in 2012 but went to see the house again today (went inside) and it really has a lot of potential and structurally it all seems reasonably sound.
The work doesnt phase me, in fact the fact that everything needs doing makes it easier than trying to modify and patch up. What is worrying me is
1. How to go about getting a mortgage on a place with no planning permission to be a dwelling.
2. Have there been any recent changes in planning laws that might help with a rural development as some of the reasons given were quite frankly stupid and as though someone had a personal agenda.