Finding the Land

Finding suitable land for building can be quite challenging, depending upon the area in which you are looking. The more fashionable and populated areas of the South and South East have a much smaller pool of available plots, and at much higher prices, than is the case in certain country areas and other parts of the UK.

There are many different ways of finding land. You can check out adverts in local newspapers, contact land and estate agents, refer to specialist magazines, research some of the many land finding sites on the internet, contact local councils for information on land releases and on planning permissions for plots, or utilise the services of specialist agencies. There are many ways of going about this task - most people tell us that finding the land is one of the more difficult steps in the whole process of self build, so when you have found your ideal plot you have already achieved a major step on the road to making your dream a reality.

In association with Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, plot is a useful service for finding and buying land for sale and property for renovation and conversion. plot listings contain thousands of building plots, barns, renovation and conversion sites available throughout the UK. To use the plotfinder search service simply click on the logo below (this link uses an active javascript and, depending on your browser settings, may require you to authorise it to run in your browser).

Things to Check

Once you have found a likely piece of land you will need to do some research and check on a few key points:

  • Plot of Land Is the land in an area where building is permitted?
  • Does the land already have outline planning permission for building? Check this with the local authority and, if it does not have outline planning approval, do not finalise your purchase until that approval is granted.
  • Are the boundaries and titles clearly defined? Have you checked these with the land registry?
  • Are there any restrictive covenants on the land?
  • What services are available - electricity, gas, water - how far?
  • How accessible is the land for deliveries?


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