Final Checks for Building Plots
Important Legal Checks
We always recommend appointing a solicitor to act on your behalf
if you decide to purchase building land. They will check legal
restrictions and ensure correct title of the builiding land, that
the land has legal right of access to the public road, especially
where this crosses a verge (often owned by the highways
agency) or private road, covenants, rights of way across your
site, and easements and wayleaves rights for services to cross
the land. They will also confirm the boundaries of the building
If you are self-building, it is worth while trying to locate
an independant solicitor with experience in this arena. If you
are looking at building overseas, consult a solicitor with experience
in your chosen country who can speak English and the local language!
The Cost of the Land
We would recommend spending time researching both
the local and national market for a guide price for the
to the value of a building plot are location and whether the plot
of land has planning
If the plot of land is advertised as having planning permission,
ensure that it is still valid and has not lapsed. Get written confirmation
if work is said to
have been started to keep the planning permission current. Your
solicitor will take care of all of this for you, but it's worth
making a note to ensure every step is taken to protect your investement.
There is no guarantee that planning will be re-approved, and the
price paid will have been lost as planning permission will have
to be re-applied for.
Outline Planning Permission (OPP) still allows some flexibility to what can be submitted for Approval of Reserved Matters. Equally there is no guarantee that your proposed final designs will be approved.
Detailed Planning Permission is often more expensive. If the designs are exactly what you plan to build then you have saved time negotiating such permission. You can also reapply for detailed planning on different designs, should you wish, without affecting the permissions already gained.
The council holds on file, letters, comments as well as other
documentation relating to the land. From this information you will
see the factors that were for and against the development of the
land and design your house plans accordingly. This can be extremely
useful if you are interested in applying for altered planning permission
on a plot of land with planning permission granted.