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FINDING YOUR PLOT

THE OAKWRIGHTS TEAM CAN HELP YOU CHOOSE OR ASSESS YOUR PERFECT SITE

 

One of the most common questions we are asked is, "How do I find my perfect plot?" The honest answer is that there is no magic solution. The general perception is that we are a small overcrowded island with little land available but in fact only 12% of our land is urbanised. The shortage is not in land per se but in developable land. In general, development can only take place within the settlement boundaries of our towns and villages. To build outside of the boundary (usually designated Greenfield) it will need to be either a replacement dwelling or it will have an occupational/agricultural tie. Even within the settlement boundary, most people are now resorting to buying plots with a view to demolishing and replacing the existing building, or are building on infill sites created from sub-divided gardens. Settlement plans do change so it is worth checking with the local authority what the current situation is.

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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.

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FIND LAND WITH BUILDSTORE PLOTSEARCH

 

To further your land finding needs, we recommend Buildstore PlotSearch - the UK’s largest and most accurate database of self-build opportunities for your timber frame property. With over 8,000 genuine building plots available, with planning permission guaranteed, it won’t take you long to find a plot of land for your timber frame project.

 

Subscribe to Buildstore Plotsearch for free and find your perfect plot of land from the comfort of your own home or on the go with their mobile friendly site.

 

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USEFUL BUILDING PLOT INFORMATION:

 

Planning and building regulations guidance for many common building work projects can be found on the Planning Portal website. Questions answered range from ‘Do You Need Planning Permission?’ to ‘What Exactly are Your Responsibilities?’

Visit the Planning Portal website to find out more

 

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AVAILABLE BUILDING PLOTS FROM OAKWRIGHTS

 

Let Oakwrights assist you in locating the perfect plot, we may just have a site to suit your requirements

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