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Types of Plots to Consider for Self Build Projects

ProAktive www.selfbuildinsure.co.uk TYPES OF PLOTS TO CONSIDER FOR SELF-BUILD PROJECTS Finding and purchasing a plot is an important step on your self-build journey. When searching for a plot it is important you find one that is in a location you like, is reasonably priced and that is likely to receive adequate planning permission. In this short guide we cover the types of plots you can use for self-build properties in the UK. Infill Plot These plots generally fill in gaps between other buildings rather than extending beyond the settlement boundary. This does not mean the plot is guaranteed to get planning permission though as authorities often want to maintain spaces in cities and villages. There are two types of infill plot. The first type is when the land has no current use and is hidden from view by walls or fences. The second type is a garden plot. This is when homeowner sell part of their garden adjoining a road as a plot and these plots are now considered greenfield. Brownfield Land This refers to land that was once in use but is no longer used for anything. For example, this could be old factories, old builder's yards or disused petrol stations. Receiving planning permission for this type of land is usually a bit easier than other plots as the Government is often keen to redevelopment brownfield land. ACME BUILDER LTD FOR Replacement Plots This is when a plot is occupied by a building that either doesn't realise the full potential of the plot or is substandard in construction terms. When purchasing a replacement plot you often demolish the old property and build a totally new building. It is important to be aware of any restrictions and planning permission requirements when constructing the new building. Greenfield Land This refers to land that has not been previously developed and it is often very difficult to receive planning permission to build on greenfield land. Open Fields Open fields often sit outside of the settlement boundary and are located in open countryside. This means that you will not receive planning permission unless there is a justifiable reason to make an exception. Green Belt Land Although they sound very similar green belt land is different from greenfield land. Green field land can not be built on at all unless it fits in with the Government requirements. Although, paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework may allow you to build in the countryside, even on green belt land, but it can be a complicated process. Serviced Plots Serviced plots are built by private companies and have basic infrastructure such as sewers and service roads constructed before you start buy the plot. One of the downsides to serviced plots is that the role you play in the design process may be limited and your property will also be part of a larger development. PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT Self Build Insurance Before starting any self build project it is important to have the right level of self build insurance in place, to offer extra peace of mind and protection against any potential risks and pitfalls. ProAktive are leading providers of self build insurance and site insurance coverage, which is suitable for all types of construction, including brick and block, timber frame, SIP panels, ICF, cob and many others. As standard, their self build insurance and site insurance cover includes: • Employers liability insurance at £10 million • Public liability insurance at £5 million • Contract works insurance - cover for self build during construction • Plant and tools owned by the proposer at £30,000 • Optional tools and personal effects owned by the employees at £2,000 • Optional site huts and caravans at £30. ISive of £5,000 for contents To find out more about self build insurance please visit: www.selfbuildinsure.co.uk/self-build-insurance ProAktive Doncaster: 01302 346 831 | Follow us O00 www.selfbuildinsure.co.uk

Types of Plots to Consider for Self Build Projects

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Finding and purchasing a plot is an important step on your self-build journey. When searching for a plot it is important you find one that is in a location you like, is reasonably priced and that is l...

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