I wonder if you can give me some advice. I’m a 58 year old disable man and live in a mobile home with my wife. Our mobile home site is owned by our local council, at the moment I get around with 2 walking stick but as my disability is progressing I will need to use a wheel-chair, but I couldn’t get around my home due to the small rooms, so I had the inside walls taken out believing we would be abled to put an extension on the back of our mobile home, we were told we could do this by the council officer who was dealing with our site, but now our site has been given to another officer who is saying we can’t do this now, as we would make our mobile home a building and not a mobile home but most of the other mobiles have extension’s on them, and one owner is still doing an extension. The definition of a double mobile home is that you can move it off site in 2 pieces and a single in 1 piece it has to have wheels and a steel frame , we had a meeting with the council and ask them if they are going to stop everyone from building an extension on they mobile home from now on, and the answer was no the single ones would be able to build, but to my mind this would then make it a building and not a mobile home, as the extension would not have wheels and a steel frame on it, this would mean before moving it off the site the new extension would have to be dismantled . we want to stay here as I can’t work so we only have my wife’s income coming in. They said I could have an OT assessment done to see if they could rearrange my home, but I told them this wouldn’t help as the reason we took down the walls was to make it open plan for me to get around and needed the extension to put a bedroom on for me to access the whole of my home without needing too much help, at the moment our bed is in the living room and when my wife goes to work she stays at her parents house over night so she can get some sleep ,(she works two 15 hour shifts) as I get up a lot during the night and I keep her awake, then this leaves me on my own over night, which worries my wife as I have fallen in the passed and not been able to get up off the floor.
Province/Country relating to question : uk
had meetings and wrote letters
The council's position on this does not seem to have any sense at all.
There are 2 ways to go with this and I would do them together.
The first is to appeal their decision on the basis that if extensions are allowed and if your proposed extension will mean the van can be moved in 2 moves as required how does yours suddenly become a building when everyone's else's does not
The second thing I would do is turn this around.It is easy for the council to say no but I would ask them given the above what is their answer to the problem and can they help think of a solution.If they cannot them can they help provide suitable accomodation for you and your wife given that the van will then be inappropriate.Once you make them realise that this could actually be as much their problem as yours I suspect they may become more amenable
I hope this helps.If I have missed something or you have further questions kindly reply
BA honours degree in law, over 20 years experience in litigation, contract and property matters
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