Selling piece of land

Puzzled.com

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I looking into selling a small portion of my land to my brother to build a log cabin on it or some sort of 1-2 bed small residential building. I live on a country road on .5 acre of land, not much but no mortgage. The house is set back and is on mains water and sewer. There are neighbours on both sides. I wanted to sell him a piece to the front left that he could build on. I don't care if he sells it on again. I'm just wondering where in the world would I start? Are there laws prohibiting this? I'm located just outside Kildare Town, Co. Kildare. With the current market he can't afford to buy and he can't find any rentals. Maybe I don't have enough land to section some off, I really don't know. I've googled but I can't find anything online.
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It will be nigh on impossible get planning permission for almost any log cabin on the Irish market, they just can't meet the minimum standards required.

Your starting point should be someone familiar with local planning, have them take a look at the proposed site and see if it is suitable for your proposal.
 

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Selling the piece of land to your brother, which was the original question, should be reasonably straightforward. Your solicitor will have a little more work to do than in a normal sale, the folio will need to be split, but unless some issue arises, that is straightforward.

If your brother buys the piece of land, getting planning permission may well be difficult, if not impossible.
 

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Taken from Kildare County Development Plan 2017-2023

"Log Cabins (completely finished timber buildings) are not vernacular typologies of the Kildare countryside and are therefore not generally considered appropriate, save in suitable settings where other criteria in relation to the design and siting of the structure are met".
 

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Taken from Kildare County Development Plan 2017-2023

"Log Cabins (completely finished timber buildings) are not vernacular typologies of the Kildare countryside and are therefore not generally considered appropriate, save in suitable settings where other criteria in relation to the design and siting of the structure are met".
Yep, and even where an authority might consider one, I'm not aware of a single supplier operating in Ireland who can certify such a cabin to be in compliance with building regs.
 

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At least one company claims that there has been progress on this front - http://theloghousecompany.ie/planning/ "An Bord Pleanala recently overturned a refusal by Carlow Planning Authority. Their report stated ” I consider that the Planning Authority’s decision in this case represents an undue bias against log house construction and versatility and innovation in the evolution of ‘new’ construction materials in the Irish context."

What regulations can they not meet?
 

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"An Bord Pleanala recently overturned a refusal by Carlow Planning Authority. Their report stated ” I consider that the Planning Authority’s decision in this case represents an undue bias against log house construction and versatility and innovation in the evolution of ‘new’ construction materials in the Irish context."
Do you have a link to that? I'd be interested in reading the details of the proposal and planning process output.

Some authorities have rejected log clad buildings because they don't fit with the vernacular they want to maintain. Sounds like ABP might be looking to change that outlook.

What regulations can they not meet?
To be clear, a properly constructed log-cabin style house can meet building regulations, but these cost the same or in some cases more than traditional build methods.

Pretty much all of the cheap log cabins being advertised here are glorified sheds. They struggle with heat loss and air-tightness, but more particularly meeting fire safety requirements. Manufacturers generally haven't had their systems tested to obtain IAB certification.

Several on here and other construction forums have contacted many of the operators in the Irish market about supplying and certifying a log build and to date, the only ones that entertain the idea have build costs that exceed traditional methods. There are log cabins dotted around the country that have obtained planning, but these have usually been custom builds.
 

Puzzled.com

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Hi
Thanks for the information. I did find out that for my brother to get planning permission for a single story dwelling he has to prove he has been living in the area for 12 years. I have been told it is extremely difficult to get approval even if it is a brick structure as the KCC want people living in towns rather than on the outskirts in rural areas. 60% refusal rate, Madness. I'm beside a town that has schools over capacity, you can't even become a new patient at the local medical centre and there is nothing for kids to do. But they have approved 2500 new builds. Something is wrong with this picture. I'm just trying to help my brother out.
Maybe it's time to put an ugly mobile home on the site! Really piss em off.
 
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