That huts cannot be lived in full time?
which to me says that they are essentially holiday homes or glamping sites.
when i first read about the 30m2 building regulations being lighter, it sounded like you could actually go live in the wild & off the grid, like many do in America/Canada. I go so exited, the in came the money part, money for planning money for this that & the next thing and for a lot of folk it's a lot of money so only open to a select society yet again by the looks of it.
Now I know a lot of re-wilding would need to be done in Scotland to support being able to live off the land fully, foraging for berries, fishing, own water supply etc. but it is do able if the right people do it.
someone please tell me I'm wrong
Even in vast wildernesses like Alaska getting land and hut comes with costs and regulations.
Sorry, but you are RIGHT! Huts are for intermittent recreational use and not your principal residence. If you want to build a cabin in the woods and live in it all year round, you will have to build a house. It could be a very small house and off grid but it will need to fully conform with planning and building regulations.
The reason for this is that Scotland isn't Canada, with vast areas of wilderness. The UK is a small group of islands with a large population and development in the countryside has, quite rightly, to be controlled. We think that huts give people the chance to spend time in beautiful parts of the countryside, helping to look after them and reconnecting with nature.
At present, the pioneers are finding that there are costs in developing sites but over time these costs will come down as everyone relaxes about what huts are. If you use your own labour and recycled materials, the costs come down. If you can share the costs with others, the costs will come down. The Thousand Huts campaign is determined that huts should be affordable and within the reach of almost everyone.
And they are completely compatable with rewilding. Imagine waking up on the edge of a vibrant new woodland, full of birdsong.
It's not so much about the right people as about doing it the right way however you define that. Not everyone agrees on that but the changing of the Scottish Planning Policy to allow for huts to be built again was a huge step forward. The cost of things these day is a big issue which folk involved in hutting are very much aware off and trying to find solutions to but nothing happens overnight. Baby steps but in the right direction. I'll be putting up details of our site on The Solway soon and what it cost as well as the cost of building my hut