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These sites are a small se­lec­tion of those that have been re­cently as­sessed by Build It mag­a­zine’s land and plan­ning ex­pert, Mike Dade. For his lat­est in-depth plot in­ves­ti­ga­tion, turn to page 123. This fenced-off for­mer gar­den is level, clear and would pro­vide good pri­vacy for new hous­ing. It cur­rently ben­e­fits from two plan­ning con­sents: one for a chalet bun­ga­low; the other for a pair of semide­tached homes. The for­mer only has a few months left to run, so if the pur­chaser wanted to go for a sin­gle dwelling, they may need to get works un­der­way (eg by dig­ging a foun­da­tion trench) to keep the per­mis­sion alive, and then ap­ply to amend the de­sign. FULL STORY­den-site A se­cluded piece of wood­land in West Sus­sex avail­able for just £15,000, this plot’s par­tic­u­lars show an at­trac­tive-look­ing con­tem­po­rary dwelling set amongst the trees and con­firm it has the owner’s con­sent to con­struct a house or other build­ings.

The trou­ble is, owner’s con­sent means noth­ing with­out for­mal plan­ning per­mis­sion – and the fact the ven­dor hasn’t sought this them­selves, and bagged the up­lift in value, sug­gests there’s lit­tle chance of achiev­ing it. FULL STORY­land-bar­gain Two bud­ding self builders dis­cov­ered this over­grown po­ten­tial in­fill site by search­ing for empty spa­ces in their home­town on Google Maps. It’s tucked be­hind high street shops, with a frontage to a side road – so it could have real po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment. But its el­e­vated po­si­tion and re­tain­ing wall could present some chal­lenges for any build­ing work. Ground con­di­tions, par­tic­u­larly in terms of sta­bil­ity, will need to be in­ves­ti­gated and ac­counted for prior to mak­ing any of­fer.

FULL STORY­fill-po­ten­tial

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