Find your Plot
The typical journey start with finding the ideal plot in the ideal location.
Identify your ideal location. Use ordinance survey maps and google maps to explore the area, travelling distances and amenities.
Look for plots with either outline or full planning permission even if it is not the desired style as the design can be changed with the help of your architect.
Websites such as Plotsearch have plots with guaranteed planning permission. Other sites include Plotfinder, PlotBrowser, RightMove, PrimeLocation and Zoopla
Research derelict empty properties, disused offices, disused garage blocks, large back garden or renovation opportunities and visit property auction sites for potential plots.
Register your interest with estate agents, local surveyors or architects.
Know the difference between brownfield, greenfield and greenbelt land and the development potential of the plot prior to purchase.
If purchasing a plot without prior planning permission, have an “Option agreement” predicated on a successfully development permit.
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Use a professional to complete due diligence on your site before you buy.
Conduct a survey to establish the cost of connecting to basic services such as electricity, water, drainage and internet.
Get advice from the professionals, ensure the plot is genuine, the cost is right and within your budget.
To avoid future disputes, conduct a boundary survey to establish your property boundary and structures. Compare it to data held on HM Land Registry.
You will need a solicitor to produce up-to-date Title deed. This would be required by lenders and banks.
After you have purchased the land, you’d need a detailed survey including topographical survey, ground investigation and buildings survey if any structures on the site are to be reused.