Planning Permission Tips UK - Agricultural Plots of Land for Sale - The Latest Mug Punter Scam?


Article by: Martin Meaks

The first part of most years brings a flurry of trade shows aimed at the public & trade alike such as The Ideal Home , House Plans: The Best Investments Show, Interiors , Custom Kitchen Cabinets: What you Need to Know & just recently the Building , Web Furniture Retailers Embracing Art Yet Another Reason to Shop Online Exhibition at the NEC. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of new gadgets & Gizmos (along with the usual tat) that companies invent for our consumption. Most seem to have a shelf life of about 2 days once home , Improvement Projects where it is usually broken, binned or stored never to be seen again. What seemed like a great idea turns out to be nothing more than a poorly designed & manufactured item aimed squarely at the naive & impulsive home , The Art of Power Washing Siding owner.

Now what has this cynical observation got to do with Residential Planning & Development I hear you ask? Well I have noticed the start of an increasing trend that for me, has the makings of another 'latest fashion fad' about to explode onto the UK property , Is YOUR Home A Safe Home? scene that could fall , Wood Or Metal Playground Equipment into the same criteria I have just described above - except this one wont cost you £9.99 but £16K to £25K - Please enter the 'building plot' sale of huge chunks of farm , 5 Steps for Creating a Garage You Can Love and Use land for residential housing (subject to Planning of course).

Speculative Development Plots - A worrying Trend or a Safe , The Art of Power Washing Siding Bet? - Displayed on a glossy wall , decorating transit areas map & within a condensed brochure pack are what at first hand appears to be a professionally presented & laid out set of building , Gain Extra Seating With Bar Stools plots for domestic , Why should you buy Tempur Pedic's Memory Foam Mattress? dwellings. Each plot is about half an acre with the infrastructure & plot areas already laid out & clearly defined. I don't have to imagine anything - its so clear what I am buying. Even their web , How Long to Install a New Roof? sites shows the same degree of 'mouse-over' pick & choose selections - WOW! - the quick & cheap way into the fast food , How Long to Install a New Roof? version of buying your own building , Boost Your Home's Resale Value Guaranteed plot - why hasn't anyone thought of doing this sort of mass plot sale before? - it's so simple - the 'building plot supermarket' springs , 7 vital tips to make small apartments look big to mind - UNTIL THE PENNY DROPS & YOU REALISE THAT NONE OF THESE SITES HAVE PLANNING CONSENT FOR THE DREAM PROPERTIES THAT MAY EVENTUALLY BE CONSTRUCTED.

So, OK, you get over the initial excitement & let-down & you say to yourself, , Curb Appeal 101: How to Enhance Your Home with Siding '£16K for a potential future development building , Fireplace Decorating Ideas For Your Home plot is still peanuts compared to the £200K+ price it would fetch with Planning Permission - that must still be a good deal even if it does take 5 to 10 years to obtain Planning' - the real question is WHAT CHANCE DOES IT EVER HAVE OF EVER GETTING PLANNING PERMISSION? Not only are you paying an over-inflated price of £32K+ per acre for agricultural land to begin with (normally £4K to £8K) but the chances are that the parcel of land you have just purchased will always remain just that - AGRICULTURAL - Hooray!!! You have just become a lifelong token farmer.

Why I am sceptical & cynical about some of these companies that are packaging up so called 'Building plots' like this of huge chunks of land (mostly in the Green , Helpful Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Belt I may add) is that their presentation methods are squarely aimed at the unsuspecting public using all the visual & presentation tricks they can in order to sell this 'dream' of your very own detached 5 bedroom house , Generators in the country. These 'deals' also appeal to the 'easy fortune hunters', the 'quick buck' brigade that dupe themselves into thinking that this is a short to medium term sure bet investment - after all, land values never go down do they?

Well let me play devils advocate for the moment & give you some reasons why most of these speculative mass land plot schemes may be potentially flawed.....

1. The land is usually within Green , Clean Decorating: Decorating with Housekeeping in Mind Belt or other controlled areas unlikely to ever receive Planning permission without a major 'U' turn or change , Are Your Ducts Making You Sick? in Government Policy. In most cases this is what needs to happen if any stand a chance of being granted Planning Permission. I really do not see this happening across the board in the UK - perhaps in some specific locations , Duct Tape: A Most Versatile Tool where precise & exact reasons will be given for allowing development very much relevant to the local , decorating transit areas area & its merits.

2. All the land plots & estate layouts I have so far seen simply pander to the publics dream vision of a large detached dwelling on a large plot - This is not the type of housing or efficient use of prime building , Is YOUR Home A Safe Home? land that this country needs or will be encouraged by Government on a mass scale - whatever the colour , Wicks and Wonders is Now a Registered Trademark of the government is at the time.

3. None of the estate layout plots conforms to any suggested Planning Guidance (namely PPG3). Therefore, even in the rare event a large section of protected country land did receive Planning Consent for residential development it most certainly will not be for the layout of the roads & plots already sold to the various hundreds of people that now own their individual section of the site - Can you honestly say that the Planners will approve a scheme for the already sold plots at the first attempt without their own involvement & guidance from their in-house or specialist urban design , Web Furniture Retailers Embracing Art Yet Another Reason to Shop Online teams?

4. Can you imagine the logistics of tracking, locating, contacting & re-negotiating with a 100+ separate plot owners asking them to release or put back into the pot , How Long to Install a New Roof? their land to then have it re-divided up again & to then choose another plot(s) or just have the increase in value money instead. Remember, we are dealing with 'Joe public' here & any professional land developer will tell you that the more fingers there are in the 'land pie' the harder it is to get a final agreement to implement the approved scheme - Sure 95% of the land owners will be pragmatic & see common sense BUT it only takes a few complicated people to prevent the estate development from taking place. , Kitchen Renovations and Island Creations Some prime land developments that have received approval have remained dormant for years or never implemented due to the actions (or non-actions) of one or more obstructive land owners. In 10 to 20 years time some plot owners would have vanished, be untraceable, changed hands or even died & left complicated estates to be battled out at court by relatives not to mention the arrogant plot owner who thinks he deserves more re-allocated plot allowance or more money can stop a development scheme from starting or being sold on dead in its tracks. Even if the land plot companies have legal machinery in place , DIY Plumbing Repair - You Have Homeowners Insurance, Use It to control these events I guarantee it will not cover all the eventualities - remember, there is NOTHING AS FICKLE AS FOLK!

5. Now that you have 100+ plot owners actually owning clearly defined building , Using Wood Molding In Your Home plots, many will not want to wait for the master plan , Gain Extra Seating With Bar Stools to be approved in 20+ years time - they will get impatient & start submitting their own disjointed Planning Applications or require fencing to define their own plot, or use it to for storage or to erect a shed , Wood Or Metal Playground Equipment or build a boat on etc. - the list as to what 100 individuals may desire for their own piece of land is endless & a mine-field for the adjoining neighbours & Local , Portable Air Conditioners - An Inexpensive Cooling Solution for Your Home Authority to control.

6. Planners & Government love control - Do you really think they would allow a huge housing estate to comprise of individually built houses , The Working Pantry: A Cure for Kitchen Clutter with no real overall design , 7 vital tips to make small apartments look big style or theme for the entire estate - simply left up to the design , Why should you buy Tempur Pedic's Memory Foam Mattress? discretion of each land owner? Therefore again, this reinforces my view that selling individual plots like this & casting the layout of the estate in stone , Health for Asthma & Allergies Sufferers with so many individual plot owners is NOT the correct way to develop a site for housing. The design , How to Use Concrete in a Traditional Kitchen of any development site is a continuing stream of ideas & proposals between the designers , Kitchen Renovations and Island Creations & the Local , Using Wood Molding In Your Home Authority that is ever changing & evolving to accommodate Planning Issues. Most schemes now for large development sites require social housing & other amenities to be incorporated - some schemes have set aside a percentage of the land for this use as a bargaining tool , Parquet Floors Made Easy with the Council but who says that the land retained for this use is in the right location , Pros of Using Geothermal For Your Home to begin with?

7. Some plots I have seen encompass woodlands, hedge , 7 vital tips to make small apartments look big rows, ponds , Four Ways to Quality Check Your Drywall Project & thickets of trees. , Four Ways to Quality Check Your Drywall Project Most rural developments are supposed to respect & work with the established natural , Is Laminate Flooring Your Choice? environment - again no thought seems to have been given to the plot layout to work with this important aspect of site design. , Clean Decorating: Decorating with Housekeeping in Mind

8. Some companies also imply that if you then join some sort of 'plot owners association' it will add strength to the lobbying committee (by virtue of numbers) to release more land for development on the premise that these 'poor homeless' plot owners simply want to build their own 'affordable' house. , Kitchen Renovations and Island Creations This argument is entirely scuppered by the fact that most plot owners are purely speculators not too dissimilar with the current over blown 'Buy to Let' market. If all buy to let properties , Drywall: How To Quickly Fix The Holes From Last Night's Party! came back onto the market for owner occupiers only it would easily accommodate most of the housing demand & lower prices to more affordable levels but at the cost of destabilising the housing market.

My conclusion to this growing , House Plans: The Best Investments mass plot land sale of agricultural land without a valid Building , Is YOUR Home A Safe Home? Permission is that it merely serves as a tool , Have Romantic Ambiance with the Flick of a Switch! to maximise the previous land owners sale value well above what its true agricultural value is & for the companies setting up these sub-divisions to earn huge profits on the back of the over-inflated land sales to the unsuspecting public at large. AFTER ALL THEY ARE A BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY. Also, most Farm , Why should you buy Tempur Pedic's Memory Foam Mattress? or large land owners are fairly canny people - do you really think they would sell potential building , House Plans: The Best Investments land that could receive Planning Permission within the next decade or two? - I doubt it.

At the end of the day it is simply a gamble with very high stakes. Even for the odd success storey in the years to come it will not be an easy ride for the successful plot owners for the practical reasons I have already stated. However, it only needs one site to win Planning permission within the next 5 to 10 years to instantly improve the value of all the other pending schemes & it is at that point I may be tempted to cut & run - to realise a small profit when you can rather than waiting for a full consent that may never come in your lifetime. Would buy one of these individual plots myself - NO. Would I invest in a company that sold shares in a development land bank scheme that allowed for the design , Solar Power and Wind Power Initiatives: The Way of the Future flexibility required during the negotiations & Planning application process - YES.

Some people I feel sure do not worry about the length of time it may take to obtain Planning Permission & see it as a 'gifting asset' to pass on to their younger family & perhaps that may be the right attitude to take if you really have no there use for the £16K + investment money at this time.

What are your thoughts? Have you been tempted with one of these schemes? Do you already own a plot? What is your perspective? Am I just being too cynical & cautious for my own good? I would love some feed back on this issue.

Please remember, this is only a personal view from a limited observation of these schemes & may not be fully conclusive or represent a balanced viewpoint. Always do your own research first.

Our 'Maximum Build Planning Guide' explains further the tactics involved when developing land or a site for residential use & how to , Have Romantic Ambiance with the Flick of a Switch! give yourself , DIY Plumbing Repair - You Have Homeowners Insurance, Use It the best chance of being granted an approval. There are some reals do's & don't's that must be implemented.

EzineArticles Expert Author Martin Meaks
Our 'Maximum Build Planning Guide' explains further the issues involved when developing or extending a property , 5 Steps for Creating a Garage You Can Love and Use for planning permission.

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