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tallyr1978
Jul-02-2017 @ 2:56 PM                           Permalink
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Hi everyone, this may be a silly question but it is my first post so please be kind lol

My husband and I are looking at buy a boat and a mooring when we come into an inheritance later this year.

Also currently 2 of our children go to school in Bungay and one in lowestoft. In 2 years time all 3 will be in school in Bungay and we were wondering about living on the boat during term time as the mooring would be closer to their school.

So my question is. If you buy a plot of land is this automatically a residential mooring? I was assuming as it was your land you could live on it but then I started questioning this as maybe you need a particular license etc

Does anyone know or point me in the right direction to find out

Thanks

Natalie Rigg

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Hi Natalie

You need to speak to the planners at the broads authority  to get an idea if what you plan is feasible.

Simply put you can't just buy a plot of land and live on it or a boat at the end of the garden. Most plots that come up are described as amenity land where you might get away with a tent for a couple of weeks but befinately no sort of permanent structure.

Residential mooring plots are few and far between and the BA is not very keen on increasing the number.

I think your best bet will be to look for a boat that is already on a residential mooring. You will have to pay a premium on the price but it will save a lot of hassle.

Only one or two come up each year , the last one I saw was at brundall .

I suspect you other difficulty will be the location you are wanting to move to unless st olaves is within range.

Good luck

Graham

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Try Waveney River Centre who certainly had availability.

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You need seperate planning consent for a residential mooring but if as I understand it you are intending to live on the boat during term time and maintain a main residence elsewhere then I don't believe you would be classed as a residential moorer particularly if you took your boat out on the odd weekend. Many people do this in Marinas all over the Broads, maybe not for quite as long as you intend to but certainly for several months at a time.

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If you live on the boat during term times, you will be spending more time on it in any year than in any other accommodation you may have elsewhere, and the Broads Authority could well regard it as your 'main residence', in which case planning consent will be required (see Development Plan 25, with particular reference to paragraph 5.49).

If you wish to stay within the law, discuss your plans with the BA, as has already been suggested. If you wish to take the risk of flouting the law and not getting found out, that is entirely a matter for yourself. While that is a risk some are prepared to take, I don't think that any members here would recommend it.


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And more to the point it would be wrong of this forum to do so.

I should imagine that for a family of four or five there will be quite a few challenges to living on board a Broads boat for long periods. There have been other threads on the subject of liveaboards and the various matters associated with that, so you may want to search them out and take a look to get a feel for some of those issues and the varying views you may encounter. As has been said however, the proper advice should be sought from the Broads Authority.

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This message was edited by Karen&Mike on Jul-4-17 @ 10:25 AM


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