Finding a plot of land

The Planning ProcessFinancing A Self-build/Custom Build Project  – Finding A PlotWhere To Live?

One of the biggest hurdles to building your own home is finding a suitable plot of land.  Our useful links page gives details of websites that list self build plot opportunities.  Some of these sites are free whilst others require membership subscription.  The UK’s leading property search engine Rightmove is actually a good place to start your search because it doesn’t just list already built properties. To find plots on Rightmove click houses for sale, insert the county in which you wish to live and then select the “land” option from the property type drop down menu.

Finding a plot of land in England and the rest of the UK.Plots of land currently for sale on the open market will generally have obtained outline planning for development. A regular visit to your local council planning website will help pinpoint plots that have obtained planning prior to them being placed on the open market. Every council produces weekly lists of planning approvals. Review these to see details of planning permissions granted for housing development, and further investigation of the documents lodged with the planning application will provide details of the plots, designs and agent/landowner’s details.

If you know the area in which you want to live and are happy to get your own planning permission then take a walk around your favoured area or review the area using Google Earth to establish if any potential new housing plots exist (e.g. existing run-down properties ripe for redevelopment, houses with large gardens, derelict buildings on brownfield sites, infill plots between existing properties).  A quick Land Registry search will enable you to track down the owners of this land so that contact can be established.

Finally review the websites of Custom Build Homes Developers who will list plots available on their forthcoming developments. This may help you to find a plot of land.