New planning rules could shake things up and allow communities to have more of a say in what is built in their area.
They include giving neighbours the chance to veto or back proposals for new housing nearby. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will allow ‘street votes’, with new developments being blocked if a two-thirds majority of residents do not agree to support them.
Difficulties in getting approval to build a new home – under the current or any proposed system – mean that sites with planning permission already granted are in high demand. We take a look at five around the country below – and what you could build there.
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Housing Secretary Michael Gove believes giving people a say will create more backing for development, but critics claim the bill is a recipe for disaster, as it is likely to lead to more neighbours at war if people are given a veto.
In light of a potentially controversial planning environment ahead, building sites that already have planning permission granted are likely to be even more sought-after.
We take a look at five building plots for sale around the country, with asking prices ranging from £120,000 to £550,000.
Buyers should always do their own research ahead of buying a plot of land and consider using a planning consultant.
1. Building plot, £350k, Hasketon, Suffolk
This garden building plot in the village of Hasketon, Suffolk, has planning permission for a three-bed house and is being sold for £350,000
The plot extends to 0.2 acres, and includes an existing period cottage that needs to be demolished as part of the planning consent
This garden building plot is in the village of Hasketon, in Suffolk, and extends to 0.2 acres.
The existing period cottage has been unoccupied for a number of years, and has full planning permission to be demolished and replaced with a modern three-bedroom detached house.
The new 2,600 square feet two-storey family home will have far-reaching south and west facing views across the surrounding meadows towards the parish church.
The plot is being sold via Jackson-Stops estate agents with an asking price of £350,000.
2. Building plot, £225k, Willesborough
This plot of land in the village of Willesborough in Kent has full planning permission to build a detached house and is being sold for £225,000
The new property will have three bedrooms, including a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom
This plot of land in the village of Willesborough in Kent has full planning permission to build an architecturally striking detached bungalow.
The new property will have three bedrooms, including a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The approved plans feature two adjoining single-storey pitched roof small barn type structures, with open plan living accomodation on one side and bedrooms on the other.
The finished building would be just shy of 1,500 square feet and the plot is being sold by Hobbs and Parker estate agents with an asking price of £225,000.
3. Building plot, Masbury, £550k
This building plot for sale in Masbury, Somerset, is on the south side of the Mendips and is being sold for £550,000
The site is south-facing and boasts far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor, a hill near Glastonbury that is topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower
The barn on the site has planning permission for a two-bedroom house to be built
This freehold building plot in Masbury, Somerset, on the south side of the Mendips boasts far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor.
The barn on the site is south-facing and planning permission has been given for a two-bedroom house.
The site is being sold with an asking price of offers of more than £550,000 via Sandersons estate agents.
Mr Copley said: ‘This beautiful plot of land benefits from an idyllic rural location in Somerset, and is located right on the doorstep of the Mendips.
‘The picturesque town of Shepton Mallet and the historic city of Wells are also a short distance away.’
4. Building plot, Crossgates, £120k
This building plot has planning permission for a four-bedroom detached property and costs £120,000
This building plot has planning permission for a four-bedroom detached property.
The plans for the dormer property include an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a bay-fronted living room, and a ground floor bedroom along with a bathroom.
The remaining three bedrooms are on the first floor, as well as another bathroom and a separate shower room.
There are no real-life photos of the undeveloped site in the listing.
The site is in Crossgates, a village in North Yorkshire, and it has an asking price of £120,000. The land is being sold by CPH Property Services.
Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘This spacious plot in Scarborough would make the perfect place for a family looking to build a home that is ideally catered to their needs. Even better for prospective buyers, it already comes with planning permission for a three or four-bedroom detached dwelling.’
5. Building plot, Uddingston, £179k
The building plot in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, has planning consent for a new house and is for sale for £179,000
This building plot is in Uddingston, a small town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
It comes with planning consent for a large detached home with four bedrooms, include a main bedroom with a dressing room.
The plot is currently unserviced, but the services are nearby, according to the agents handling the sale. It is being sold by Residence estate agents for £179,000.
Finance available via Help to Build
Those looking to build their own home can benefit from a £150million Government initiative called Help to Build.
This is where an individual homebuilder will be expected to put up a 5 per cent deposit, while the Government will loan 20 per cent of the build cost, with a 75 per cent mortgage making up the rest and a ceiling of £600,000.
It is a practical option for self-builders.
‘Building your own home isn’t a dream limited to the rich or the adventurous,’ says TV broadcaster Kevin McCloud on the National Custom & Self Build Association portal. ‘Anyone can do it and the rewards are fantastic.
‘They usually make homes which are much greener and built to higher quality standards than the norm. Savings are typically a quarter to a half of the costs.’
You need to do your research as there are plenty of tips to learn that can make the journey smoother.
For example, submitting a pre-application so the planners can pick what they don’t like in your plans at an early stage will save disappointment later.
About 13,000 people build their own homes in Britain every year. It is hoped that number will increase to as many as 40,000 new homes a year with the introduction of Help To Build.