HOW DO I FIND A BUILDING PLOT?
There are of course national land data-bases which, for a fee, allows you access to their list of plots. However it is a commonly held belief that most good plots do not reach the open market, although as a company we know of many individuals who have come by plots through these agencies.
Having dealt with numerous small developers we know that their success is built on operating within a small radius and knowing the area intimately, together with the thick skin necessary when knocking on a strangers door and asking whether they will consider selling part of their garden! Local press, auctions and estate agents are all good sources, but in general estate agents prefer to deal with developers rather than individuals, so you will need to continually pester them.
If you know the area you wish to build in then it is a good idea to let it be commonly known that you are looking for a plot. If there is one common factor in those that acquire plots it is determination and perseverance. It is worth remembering that it is estimated that between 18,000 and 25,000 single self-builds take place every year so the plots are there. However never buy a plot without at least Outline Planning Permission (OPP) or conditional on OPP being granted unless you are willing to take a huge risk.