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Finding the perfect self-build plot

Finding a suitable self-build plot is notoriously difficult, the location has to be right, it must sit within your budget and have at least outline planning permission granted. Planning is critical to unlocking the potential of a piece of land and the ability to secure this permission will drive the value of both the plot and your finished home. You also need to decide what type and size of house you are looking to put on the plot, the ground conditions, utilities, boundaries and access.

Approximately 14,000 people choose to self-build every year, and this is growing year on year, so the building plots are out there, you just need to find and appraise them. But unlike the normal housing market, individual building plots are not so obvious to find – you really have your work cut out to secure a good one.