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The complete guide to property plot types

Finding the perfect property plot

Believe it or not, land doesn’t usually come nicely packed up with planning permission and a cheque.

This has meant that a lot of successful land developers needed to use their initiative and go out and seek plots for themselves.

For the first-time self-builder locating a suitable property plot can be difficult.

Bearing in mind that planning permission is what makes a plot of land valuable.

It is advisable not to pay for land unless planning permission has been obtained – that is if you don’t mind sitting on that investment for some time.

But what’s not common knowledge is that you can actually apply for planning permission on any land – even if you don’t actually own the land.

This means that your search can be more diverse than you originally thought.

Building plots come in different types and they all have a range of confusing names for each. Here are the different plot types to consider…

Infill Plots

Infill Plots is the term which is used to describe plots in either an urban or village setting that sit in a gap on the street.

For example, they could be a larger side garden, an access way or an outbuilding that sits in the middle of two houses.

It’s important to know that any proposed extension of this settlement boundary will not go do well with planners and is often exposed to be a ‘ribbon development.’

The Government preferably would like to acquire areas of land that are located inside settlement boundaries before they acquire any open land.

Infill Plots come in two forms:

Spare/unoccupied land

By definition, this land typically has no use and is often kept from view with walls or fencing structures.

Often cases for the land being empty or spare is that the plot is intended to be used for a garden or an allotment, could be forgotten about by the owners or that the land is no longer registered and does not currently have an owner.

We would advise using Google Maps in the area you are looking to buy land or use the Ordnance Survey plan to discover if there are any visible signs of empty land and use it to hit the streets and make your enquiries.

Garden Plots

This is probably the most common type of infill plots.

Previously, garden plots have been hard to gain planning permission for, however, this is changing.

They are now being considered ‘greenfield’ again.

This means that if you can prove your development provides what the community needs then planning permission is more likely to be granted.

A majority of the single plots that enter the property market were most likely at one point part of another home’s garden.

Selling part of a garden for a building plot

Again, use maps to locate these potential plot types and venture out to enquire if any homeowners would be interested in selling if you have managed to secure planning permission. Here’s how you can build a home on a garden plot.

Backland Development

 Very similar to a garden plot type, a backland development concerns the rear of an existing house.

Often seen in cases where the property lot is large, but realistically speaking it usually has more privacy than on contemporary estates.

Usually, you will be able to access the property through the side of the existing property.

Brownfield Lane

The term usually refers to a piece of land which has previously received planning use that has either stopped or expired.

These types of properties are usually builder’s yards, factories, garages or old petrol stations.

You will find that the Government is usually quite supportive of redevelopments so long as it fits in into the planning criteria.

However, be aware of contamination especially in the cases of previous ex-industrial uses.

These issues can always be resolved, however, they usually come at a very big cost. Because the land will be less valuable, this should be reflected when purchasing the land.

Greenfield Lane

This is when the land has not been previously built on or developed.

You will find that all of the political parties are not for the development of previously undeveloped land, especially if its in the countryside.

However, if it fits within their plans to build more housing, grow or create new towns.

Green Belt Land

Similar to above, but with one grave difference. This land is preserved and is given legal status.

It generally means that no new development will be allowed to be built on any land within the green belt unless the Government would like to use it to provide more housing.

Replacement Plots

When a plot has a house built on it that is considered substandard or does not measure up to the full potential of the building plot type.

This is where properties are demolished and replaced with bigger and better buildings.

One thing to be aware of here is that the size of your new dwelling could be limited in so that it’s a similar size to the original – you’ll find this especially likely in the green belt.

Before undergoing this kind of development project, we recommend that you fully understand the panning permission terms for projects of this type.

Custom Homes

The amount of private companies and local authorities bringing fully serviced plots to the market is increasing.

This describes plots that are brought to the market that are already built with roads and sewers.

In many cases, you can expect service supplies to be connected to these types of plots and is here where the land developer will offer custom build homes to be built on the plot that has a lot of input from the homeowner.

They can be better known as bespoke homes.

However, this means that as the self-builder there will be a lot of restrictions on your design, naturally, plus your dwelling will now be part of a development.

It’s recognised as a great way to self-build affordable and comes with more flexibility regarding planning permission.

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