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The UK’s leading land experts

The LSL Land & New Homes team can identify opportunities and assist clients to formulate a feasibility valuation and submit an offer. Find out how we can help you buy land.

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How to Buy Development Land


There are a number of ways to buy land, such as submitting sealed bids, negotiating through an agent or bidding at auction. Local authorities, utility companies or even developers often have spare land for sale. Whichever method you choose, make sure your research is complete before settling on your plot.

When buying land some key considerations include:

Research the Local Market

Before you start your land search, it's crucial to understand the local market. Explore recent land sales, regulations, and local development plans in your areas of interest. This will help you identify the most suitable sites for your project.

Secure Financing

Determine how you'll finance the land purchase and any development. This may involve obtaining a land loan, development loan, or other financing options. Work with lenders to understand the requirements and secure the necessary funding.

Understand the Planning Process

Familiarise yourself with the UK's planning system, including the need for planning permission, building regulations, and any environmental or conservation constraints that may apply to your proposed development.

Negotiate the Purchase

Work with an agent to negotiate the purchase price and terms. Agents will be able to help you consider factors like the current condition of the land, any existing structures, and the future development potential.

Obtain the Necessary Approvals

Once you've purchased the land, collaborate with local authorities to obtain the required planning permissions, building permits, and any other approvals needed for your development project. Ensure you understand and can comply with any restrictions or requirements attached to the land, such as restrictive covenants or planning obligations.

Develop a Comprehensive Plan

Create a detailed plan for the development, including timelines, budgets, and project milestones, to guide the construction and implementation process.

Assess the Site's Suitability

Carefully evaluate the land's characteristics, such as size, topography, access, and availability of essential services (water, electricity, etc.). Hire professional surveyors and assessors to conduct thorough evaluations of the site, a charted surveyor will typically advise on the following factors:

  • Flood Risks
  • Pollution
  • Trees
  • Soil quality
  • Exisiting structures
  • Nearby powerlines

By following these steps and working closely with professional advisors, you can navigate the complexities of buying land for development in the UK and bring your project to fruition.

If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to help you succeed with your land purchase and development.

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