If you a planning a bespoke new self-build project then one of the first steps is finding the right plot of land to build on.
Whilst you are looking for your perfect plot of land it is a really good idea to visit other new build projects, while they are under construction, so you know what to expect in the first stages of the self build project. There is I no substitute for walking around sites and picking up tips and advice from builders. There are also many magazines and trade exhibitions you can go to to expand your general knowledge of becoming a self-builder
Is your land suitable?
If you are fortunate enough to own lots of land it might be that you can use this land to build your self-build home. But first you need check to see if your land is suitable. You can do this by contacting your local planning authority.
Land for sale is generally categorised as follows:
Brownfield – land that is or was occupied by a permanent structure that has become vacant or derelict and has redevelopment potential.
Greenfield – undeveloped land, such as parks, forest and countryside.
Where do I start?
If you don’t already own a plot of land for your new self-build then you can start looking in a number of different avenues.
Auctions – land auctions are a good way to find suitable plots but transactions are conducted on a ‘sold as seen’ basis and therefore require a quick sale, leaving little time for research.
The Self-Build Portal – Need a Plot. This is an online area where you can place your specifications on a map enabling thousands of people to see what sort of plot you’re looking for and where you’d like it.
Local authorities – cash-strapped councils often have parcels of land they are willing to sell.
Utility companies – some utility organisations such as water, gas and electricity companies have surplus land available to buy.
Private enquiries – many private residential homes have large gardens with building potential.
Where can I look online?
There are a number specialist ‘plot finding’ websites that you could investigate. Collectively, they list thousands of self build plots in the UK and offer a powerful way of searching and contacting listed vendors. They are:
What about in the South-West?
The Land Bank Partnership is a useful site – it specialises in the sale of land with a planning consent or the potential for residential development. These sites range from single plots to large multiple developments. They source, evaluate and negotiate the purchase of land throughout the South West of England.
You can also search an area for an untended garden or neglected building etc and then approach the owners. If you have a defined search area buy yourself a high resolution Ordnance Survey map as this can sometimes help you identify quirky potential infill sites that are not visible from the main roads.
Google Earth can sometimes be useful for this too.
If you would like to take a tour of one of our bespoke luxury new-builds in the constructions phase then please call us on 01373 752700 and we can see about making some arrangements. We are based in Frome, Somerset but have new self-build projects going on in various areas of the south-west.