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Martin and Denise Coombes are seeking a solution that will allow them to accommodate Martin’s elderly parents in their home. Planning permission for a new bungalow in the garden has been refused. Mike Dade investigates the alternative options

PLOT WATCH: Mike Dade investigates

WHO Martin and Denise Coombes

WHAT Planning consent to develop a new bungalow in the Coombes’ garden has been denied. Could a mobile home provide an alternative solution to house Martin’s parents?

WHERE Norfolk

Martin and Denise Coombes are trying to find a way to accommodate Martin’s elderly parents at their property in the Norfolk countryside. They originally wanted to build a bungalow in their garden, but a preapplication discussion with the council resulted in a firm ‘no’ from the planning officer due to the countryside location, remote from any settlement. The couple have heard that there could be a way forward by opting for a mobile home rather than an actual building, but they’ve no idea how to approach this. Could this kind of structure be a viable alternative to a bungalow?

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!