We had a “Non” in the post on Saturday. From Planning.

At first glance, this means our request for permission to build a small-but-beautiful family friendly campsite, with five yurts and all the latest green technology – compost toilets, solar showers, reed-bed grey water recycling system, solar lighting etc. (“all that fun stuff” as they actually do say in America) has been denied.

It also means this at second and subsequent glances.

With the papers returned to us, I got to read the note from the outgoing mayor, who we assumed (partly due to his support for the project a year ago) supported the project. He wrote: “This zone is non-constructible.”

I will write separately about how land we bought with planning permission for a three-bedroom home became non-constructible, and how its value dropped from the 65,000 euros we paid for it to probably around 20,000 euros. It’s an amusing story.

But you probably want to know: “What are we going to do now?”

First, we’re going to finish planting the orchard we bought on Monday. Then we’ve got lots more fencing to do (don’t knock it – it’s cheaper than the gym). A dossier to write. People to talk to. All that.

I haven’t run this past Clare yet, but I think we should apply for permission to build a small-but-beautiful family friendly campsite, with the latest green technology including compost toilets, solar showers, reed-bed grey water recycling system, solar lighting and more. With four yurts.

How could they say no?

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