FINDING A PLOT: IAN’S TIPS
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, www.eig.co.uk. 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.