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  • Legal FAQs

    Land development - newbie questions

    Hi. I’m interested in buying a plot of land which has planning permission for a small development of 4 flats. 

    I’m not an expert in this at all as I’ve never bought land and built myself, In the legal pack there are a couple of things that stood out that I wondered if any of you had thoughts on and could advise what further questions to ask 

    The first is that it requires an archaeological excavation before any building work commences. Is this normal when buying a piece of land for development or could it be because it’s in an old roman town? What would this entail and does it cost loads to do? Thank you

    Also in the legal pack I noticed that the person who is selling the land with planning permission for the flats is selling it for less than he bought it for around 6 years ago which seems strange as since then he’s got planning permission. 

    Should I steer clear or progress do you think?!!

    Thank you.
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    It is normal in old Roman towns, such as Bath, to have to pay for an archaeological excavation.  This may start as off as limited to a trench or two, then expand if they find anything in the first exploratory dig. This will cost thousands. Ask your local authority for more information.

    You can always build the flats as shells, then sell them to self-finishers.  There is less profit, but also less risk and a faster return.  In fact, you can recruit the self finishers from your council's Right to Buy Register, or Housing Register, and get them to design what they want, and take over the finances at an early stage.

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    Hi Sharon you need to be very careful sounds like you’re buying this at auction. Archaeological digs can be very expensive on a site - I only recently I spent £480,000. I’m not suggesting you’re spend that sort of money on a small plot but you have to be careful - that was actually within my estimated budget! 

    The second issue is quite interesting you bring up - my advice is that if you haven’t had any experience in buying this type of site and is in the auction my advice is don’t proceed

    Hope it helps
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