Land costs can take a very
high proportion of project budgets in the UK -perhaps a third
for self builders, depending on your area. Plots with Planning
Permission are the most expensive (check the expiry date),
but buying without is a risky business as there is no guarantee
of success. Before you buy, check the local plan published by
your council, which should set out the planning policy for the
area; you may also wish to speak to a Planning Officer.
You should also check the services
available to the site, as bringing in utilities
-gas, electricity, water etc can be expensive. Make sure too,
that the site has unfettered access to the public highway. Other
factors you should be aware of include rights of way and legal
covenants which can impact heavily on your plans.
The best opportunities in the
UK are often presented by run-down or derelict buildings on brownfield
sites -don't be afraid to find and approach the owner. You will
need to add the cost of demoliton to your budget, and if it is
a listed building then you might not be able to get approval
to demolish -do not go ahead with demolition without checking
-there are substantial penalties for illegally demolishing a
The Land Registry provides a useful resource
-for a few pounds you can search for any property in the UK and
download a copy of the title deeds and site plan indicating ownership.
- Building Plot
-an information site to help land buyers find information on
the type of land they may be looking to purchase. We also offer
a directory of land agents and a range of monthly building plots
for sale from a range of vendors.
- Channel4.com -Finding a building plot from Channel4.com/4Homes.
- Fields.co.uk -a site dedicated to all aspects of
buying a field -access, water supply, fences, creating a wildflower
meadow and much more. Then there is
- House building sites -assistance with finding development sites in
Devon, Somerset and elsewhere in the South West.
-aim to research, locate and buy rural land without planning
permission in locations that have potential for future planning
- PropertySpy -sells freehold plots of Land
for sale in England.
- Self Build Land
-specialise in acquiring land for self build.
- UK Land Directory
-plots of land for sale from UK Land Agents Directory.
- Woodlands.co.uk -a directory of woodlands for sale
throughout the UK, along with the ins and outs of owning and
maintaining a wood.
Land Assessment and Remediation Research Centre -centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary
research, developing technologies for sustainable, cost effective
assessment & remediation of contaminated environments, promoting
their transfer to industry.
- Direct Gov -article on registering title to land and obtaining
details of individual properties.
Land Registry -guarantees
the title to, and records the ownership of, interests in registered
land in England and Wales.
- HM Land Registry e conveyancing -HMLR business done online.
Use Policy Group -statutory
conservation, countryside and environment agencies group who
advise on policy matters of common concern related to agriculture,
woodlands and other rural land uses.
Access -the Countryside
Agency's portal on public use rights under the Countryside and
Rights of Way.
Land Is Ours -campaigns
peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making
processes affecting them. Chapter
7, the Planning Office of TLIO, campaigns for a planning
system which actively encourages sustainable, low impact and
affordable homes, and recently published the report Defining
Rural Sustainability: 15 Criteria for Sustainable Developments
in the Countryside.
- Who owns Scotland
-online project to record the land ownership of Scotland.
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