Land for Sale UK
There are two types of land for sale in terms of self build homes - land for sale with planning permission and land for sale without planning permission.
Each type of land has pros and cons but ultimately it comes down to time and money.
Land without planning permission
Land for sale without planning permission is much cheaper than land with some type of planning permission. Buying a plot of land for sale without planning permission does carry an element of risk - in terms of self build it might be wise to consider this more of an investment rather than guaranteed building land.
There are many companies offering land for sale without planning permission in areas of housing shortage, ripe for development and, in some cases, the government have specified green belt land for development. This type of land for sale is often referred to as strategic land.
Strategic land for sale is often next to existing development and over time may become enveloped in the boundaries and may be considered for development. Once planning permission is gained the value of this land is much greater.
A plot of land without planning permission may cost around £15,000. An equivalent plot of land with planning permission may be sold for around £100,000.
The land may not be considered for development now, but with the UK government putting their foot down and forcing local councils to build more homes more land may be released or reconsidered at any time.
A couple in London purchased a plot of land without planning permission - yet just seven weeks later Islington council had given planning consent!
Land with Planning Permission
Land for sale is also available with planning permission. The planning permission may range from simple outline planning permission to detailed planning permission. The degree of planning permission is reflected in the price.
A plot of land with planning permission is a simple, if costly route to ensuring that you can build on the land. But in the case of land with full detailed planning permission you need to be sure that the plans submitted match your ideas for self build. This type of land is expensive and the end result may be far from your 'dream house'.
If you purchase land that has outline planning permission this may give more scope to get your own plans approved, but there are no guarantees that the changes you propose will be accepted.
When buying land for sale with planning permission it would be wise to have an informal chat to the planning authority to discuss your plans to see that they are not rejected.
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