Roofless dwelling renovation

Roofless dwelling renovation

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert I have the opportunity to renovate an old ‘Salmon Bothy’, that was last inhabited as a shepherd’s accommodation. Until a few years ago it had a roof but that has now gone and what is left are the four external walls and chimney and remnants of an internal wall. There are no services. I would like to restore the building to provide occasional overnight accommodation for no more than a handful of weeks per year and for a few nights at a time. I would propose using oil lighting and or low voltage powered by photo voltaic panel or small turbine, a composting or chemical toilet (perhaps a bio-digester or reed bed treatment), and rainfall or adjacent spring water.
Would I need planning permission for this?
Question Posted By – Mark Lazzeri In Area – West Central Scotland
This question has been asked in a Scottish region any response below will be specific to Scottish Planning Permission or Building Regulation advice.

  1. Mike HydeMike Hyde09-09-2016

    Hello Mark, this is a really interesting question. Assuming that the original building was a dwelling (which it would have been even if it hadn’t been permanently occupied), the key question is, has its residential use now been “abandoned”. The Courts have held that there are 4 ‘tests’ that indicate abandonment; the length of time since the use last took place, whether there has been a different intervening use, the physical condition of the building and the owner’s intention. How long ago was the building last occupied for residential purposes? If the use has been abandoned, then you would have to apply for planning permission to re-instate the use, and this may or may not be able to be granted depending on the Council’s policies. If the residential use is still ‘lawful’ then you would probably only need to apply for planning permission for the physical alterations to the building, and any application should be relatively straightforward. Would love to discuss this in more detail!

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