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Getting started

Finding your plot

Once you have determined the type of property and style of building
you require, you can begin to look for a suitable plot.

There are many ways to find your dream plot. Consider using some or
all of the following.

  • Place an advertisement in the local paper

  • Read the adverts in the local paper.

  • Many larger Estate Agencies will have a selection of building plots available for sale.

  • Plot finding agencies

  • Planning Register (Held by planning authority).

  • Contact plot owners who have been granted outline or even detailed planning permission

  • Local authorities sometimes put land up for sale

  • Drive about and look for a plot

  • Self-build magazines

  • Many websites specialise in selling plots for the self-builder

When considering a plot, it is important to bear the following factors in mind.

  • Is the plot accessible to large lorries? (delivering bulk loads of bricks etc.)

  • Are all relevant services reasonably nearby?

  • Have you double checked the planning permission?

  • Have you double checked the legal boundaries?

The most important thing to determine is whether the plot has any form of planning permission. This indicates that permission has been granted for the erection of a building on the site, either in principle (outline planning), or in detail (detailed planning).

If the plot does not have any form of planning permission, do not purchase it until this has been obtained. Your local Council planning department will offer advice and provide you with the appropriate application forms.

To find out ownership details for any plot of land, you can search on line using the property search feature at www.landregistry.gov.uk


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