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Assessing a self-build plot

Before you purchase a site, you’ll need to make sure it’s able to match up to the criteria for your dream home. Mike Dade’s checklist will help you gauge a plot’s true potential for self-build

This former quarry has consent for a fourbedroom contemporary home. A pre-app meeting with the council could determine whether a revised design, to better suit the buyers, would be acceptable

Whether you’re keen to buy a particular piece of land or you’re eyeing up your own garden’s potential as a development opportunity, there’s a lot to consider before you can decide whether you’ve found the right site.

To help you make a smart, well-informed choice, I’ve put together a checklist that covers most of the scenarios self-builders are likely to encounter. Armed with this guide, you can be confident you won’t miss anything crucial that could influence a site’s suitability. This includes factors such as what and where you can build, whether the costs stack up, and the chances of gaining planning permission for a design you’re happy with.

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