So then, trying to find somewhere to build a low-impact straw-bale home and workshop. As I knew, it's not going to be straightforward... The main problem will be finding a site we can afford that we have a good chance of getting planning permission on.
Right now I feel like my brain is melting after hours downloading and reading too many planning policy documents. It seems like planning guidelines for each region are generally out there online, but are far from easily accessible. To be fair, I am sure this is at least in part due to District Councils’ limited resources. For example: though I find it frustrating I’d probably rather they spent money on more important things than upgrading their webhosting/servers etc to allow the online Local-Plan-map to operate at a speed actually approaching usefulness. Ah well. A visit to the local Council office will be in order shortly to purchase a much more practical paper version (£5 for the Bridport area map, £50 for the whole of West Dorset).