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Land for selfbuild

Land – God isn’t making any more of it! – goes the old saying. And in the UK a huge amount of the available building land is already in the ownership of the large volume builders, ready for the day they want to develop it. Also the social landlords such as housing associations tend […]

Finding Land

This takes a great deal of perseverance because we live in such a close packed country where land prices are relatively high. Alongside this is the Green Belt planning policy which makes it very difficult to get planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. […]

Purchasing Land

The government has plans to make more plots of land available on a ‘build now, pay later’ basis. Depending on how things pan out this could be a major stimulation for self build as there would be less of a financial burden during the period of building to completion. Recently the government in conjunction […]

Checking Out Land

see also Pre-Purchase Land Survey Searches Visual Inspection

There are two sides to checking out a potential self build plot –

Is it where you really want to live? Are there any serious problems or drawbacks with the particular site? Location

The main green issues are about –

Transport and breaking dependence on the car. […]

Visual Inspection

If you are seriously interested in buying a plot of land for self build, you will need to arrange an inspection of the site after receiving the vendor’s details. Apart from the general criteria mentioned here you will need to check the following points which are specific to the site.

Does the size and shape […]

Ashley Vale, Bristol

from left to right – individual houses, the communal village green area, bungalows, the terrace of houses and, (bright red), the flats above the workshops and community centre. This is one of the most interesting recent examples of group selfbuild in the UK, not only because of its commitment to green values but also […]