PLOT FINDING SERVICES
Specialist plotfinding services (like plotfinder.net) are incredibly useful when it comes to finding land, but they shouldn’t stop you from being proactive.
- Study the local area. Drive around or use Google Maps to look for homes on large plots that have either a large side garden, or infill land
- Contact experts. Some package companies, such as Potton or Border Oak, hold lists of available plots online
- Visit local auctions. Many opportunities are sold buy auction so it’s worth finding out who the key agents are in your area
- Check the local authority’s website for recent planning applications. In most cases, details of the owner or agent are included and there is nothing to stop you contacting them directly.
Plots will rarely fall into your lap, so you’ll often need to be savvy to secure one.
WHEN ASSESSING YOUR PLOT, LOOK OUT FOR:
- planning permission that has expired, or is about to expire
- any access issues
- any covenants
- services — are they already in place?
- title deeds — make sure these deeds are ‘absolute’ rather than ‘possessory’ or negotiate on the plot price accordingly
Also, make sure you register with your local authority under the Right to Build, which requires local authorities in England to keep track of the demand for serviced plots in their area.
If you are looking to carry out an new build development in London or the South of England, then please get in touch with our team for further information.