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  • Refurbish/Develop

    What Size Does a Building Plot Need to Be?

    Hi All,

    I've just returned from a visit to one of my non-local properties, which is in St Helens.

    The property is sited diagonally between one road and another on a corner, with gardens to the front, back and side. The side garden is a bit unnecessary - just more grass to mow! It is a triangular shape - wide at the front, then tapering to a narrow back. It's about 57 feet along the front (of the 'spare' side bit) and up to 30 feet deep (although narrowing to a point at rear).

    I'm just wondering if it could be a possible building plot, or if it's too small or otherwise not do-able.

    I should also mention that, along with the property itself, there is no direct access to the road/off-street parking, but a wide public triangular grass verge on the corner... You have to park several metres from the property in the side road. There's also a bus-stop in front of the side bit with a bus shelter.

    I'd appreciate any thoughts on whether this side garden is at all viable as a building plot.

    Thanks,

    Angela
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    Is there a good market in the area for very small 1 bedroom houses?

    What is the market like for HMOs in the area and would an extension create a nice HMO?
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    [attachment=339]Hi Ian,

    Thanks for your reply.

    It just occurred to me to get the Title Plan and look at it. I attach a section of it (I enlarged the view and saved as a jpeg).

    You can see that a lot of the neighbouring properties are very small so a small place would suit I feel.

    I'm less keen on extending as the property will have a fairly low ceiling value. I don't want a HMO either.

    Thanks,

    Angela
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    Learn more at http://www.completepropertysuccess.co.uk

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    Have you looked at your drainage search?

    Are there any restrictions in the title deeds?
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    I can't see any restrictions in the Title Deeds.

    I haven't got a copy of drains though. Should this have been sent me when I bought the property? If so it would be on my old laptop. I'll ask my solicitor about that I think.

    Thanks,

    Angela
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    Author of The Complete Guide to Property Strategies and The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success
    Learn more at http://www.completepropertysuccess.co.uk

    I also post property updates on my Facebook Page

    "It is the small decisions you and I make every day that shape our destiny" Anthony Robbins

    Just to give a little update, in case it's useful to anyone...

    Having dug out the Title Plan and got the Drain Plan (thanks to your advice Ian) from my solicitor, I looked up architects in St Helens and contacted the most promising one by email, attaching the documents.

    He replied basically to say that he gets two or three such requests a week, is used to approaching the council and had recently got permission for a fairly similar plot, although it was probably slightly bigger and admitted this one may or may not succeed.

    However, he could put forward an initial enquiry which would only cost me £15 + VAT if it got no further; otherwise to submit fully would be £85 + VAT - which all seems very simple and low-cost to me, well worth trying!

    I was glad that I was on my merry way with this before I read this month's YPN which had an article written by a 'planning consultant' who says "My advice would be that the first step should be to engage the services of a planning consultant. Well I would say that wouldn't I?" Err, yes - you would... and I'm sure you'd be more expensive and make it all more complicated than it needs to be too!

    Angela
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    Author of The Complete Guide to Property Strategies and The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success
    Learn more at http://www.completepropertysuccess.co.uk

    I also post property updates on my Facebook Page

    "It is the small decisions you and I make every day that shape our destiny" Anthony Robbins