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Many find their dream home plot comes in the guise of a small, de­cay­ing bun­ga­low ripe for de­mo­li­tion.

Iden­tify ar­eas you want and iden­tify sites with po­ten­tial for plan­ning con­sent. These could in­clude in­fill land, so start look­ing at gaps in the street scene on OS maps.

Look at lo­cal author­ity plan­ning reg­is­ters for sites with out­line plan­ning. There is noth­ing to stop you ap­proach­ing the own­ers.

Con­sider brown­field sites. Once they are cleared of garages and scrap­yards, they can be an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion.

Land is of­ten sold at auc­tion and one of the best auc­tion sites is Es­sen­tial In­for­ma­tion Group, It is sub­scriber only but lists all the auc­tions in Bri­tain and will email you when lots come up in your de­sired area.

Plotfind­ing ser­vices. Agen­cies in­clude Plotfinder and Build­store’s Plotsearch. Reg­is­tra­tion costs about £30.

Lo­cal and re­gional pa­pers like the York­shire Post. Land is of­ten ad­ver­tised in the clas­si­fied ads.

Self-build clubs. Net­work with other plot hunters. The As­so­ci­a­tion of Self-Builders keeps a record of land for sale, in­clud­ing coun­cil plots.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. A few en­light­ened coun­cils set aside land for self-builders.

Util­ity com­pa­nies like pri­va­tised wa­ter, gas and elec­tric­ity sup­pli­ers in­her­ited vast amounts of land. Technology has made pump­ing sta­tions and tele­phone ex­changes re­dun­dant. This plot, ad­ja­cent to 3 Longwood Av­enue, Bin­g­ley, has plan­ning per­mis­sion for a three-bed­room de­tached home. It is ad­ja­cent to school grounds

HOME PO­TEN­TIAL: Build­ing plot in Bin­g­ley.

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