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GaiJin



Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 8
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 9:04 am    Post subject: Hi  Reply with quote    

Hello to everyone,

Just joined Downsizer.

Currently living in Yorkshire and looking to go off-grid. Our property is not suitable so we will be moving.

We had a move to Canada all planned but a recent illness in the family has put this on hold - medical fees in Canada … urrh.

Now looking at UK alternatives.

Interests include: self-build, aquaponics and coppicing.

Looking forward to swapping ideas & experiences with the community.

Cheers

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8617
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

welcome

Ginkotree



Joined: 26 Jun 2008
Posts: 2956
Location: south west wales
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry to hear your plans have had to change, hope things can turn around for you..good luck with your new ventures.

GaiJin



Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 8
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Ginkotree,

Its a shame but you never know - things may change. We have 11 acres over there, overlooking a valley and hills - with an option on another 49 acres. Gave us a nice big chunk of woodland, a couple of streams and a whole lake. It was just 7 minutes from a really nice friendly town and just outside a national park. Couldn't have been better.

Planning officers were really helpful and we could have gone totally off-grid (apart from internet). House plans were drawn up and everything … best laid plans and all that.

Now looking at trying to do something similar in the UK. I'm not looking forward to dealing with the planners over here. Past experience has shown them to be quite narrow minded and set in their ways.

Anyway, lots of discussions going on as we look for a way forward. The aim is to be totally energy self-sufficient and to be able to grow most of our own fruit & veg. Whether we go down the smallholder route with livestock I'm not sure yet.

GJ

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
Posts: 933
Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

from Wiltshire, welcome to DS.

Mo.XX

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32617
Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hello ,nice mutt

Barefoot Andrew
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 21 Mar 2007
Posts: 22777
Location: In the 17th century
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Greetings from Derbyshire
A.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8617
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GaiJin wrote:
Thanks Ginkotree,

Its a shame but you never know - things may change. We have 11 acres over there, overlooking a valley and hills - with an option on another 49 acres. Gave us a nice big chunk of woodland, a couple of streams and a whole lake. It was just 7 minutes from a really nice friendly town and just outside a national park. Couldn't have been better.

Planning officers were really helpful and we could have gone totally off-grid (apart from internet). House plans were drawn up and everything … best laid plans and all that.

Now looking at trying to do something similar in the UK. I'm not looking forward to dealing with the planners over here. Past experience has shown them to be quite narrow minded and set in their ways.

Anyway, lots of discussions going on as we look for a way forward. The aim is to be totally energy self-sufficient and to be able to grow most of our own fruit & veg. Whether we go down the smallholder route with livestock I'm not sure yet.

GJ


sorry to hear of the illness and having to give up a plan that does sound lovely - is it that easy to get into Canada? What part of Canada? and where in UK are you aiming for now?

GaiJin



Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 8
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Nicky,

Canadian immigration rules are quite complex. It would be a huge post to go into all of them.

Basically you need to have a sponsored job, have relatives there (e.g. resident child so that you can get in on one of the family visa options), be sponsored by the local municipality on the basis that you are valuable to the local community or a well thought out business plan or existing business that can be demonstrated will produce income of a minimum level set by Canada and that you can support yourself without becoming a burden on the state. Once working there for a couple of years you can apply to stay - not guaranteed - but if you have stayed out of trouble, paid your way, supported yourself, integrated well and generally been good boys & girls it should be OK.

We have land in New Brunswick.

Currently looking at South Wales just in case we can't get things back on track.

My problem is that I want to build not just buy and that brings into play a whole load of planning issues in the UK.

Canada are much more relaxed (or at least the planning officers we spoke to were). The land is outside the town boundary and we can build whatever we like as long as it meets building regs.

I'll be starting a thread soon to see if anyone on here has experience of gaining planning permission in a rural setting.

GJ

bobs



Joined: 02 Feb 2014
Posts: 105
Location: somerset
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

welcome .. look forward to reading your posts

GaiJin



Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 8
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10490
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bonjour from France

GaiJin



Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 8
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bonjour,

Je ne parle français, parlez-vous anglais s'il vous plaît

I did build 2 houses in La Souterraine (Limousin region) a few years ago though.

GJ

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 5776
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello and welcome.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
Posts: 4216
Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 14 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Aye up

Shame about the change of plans but things have a way of working out in the end.

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