Ideally, your plot will have either Full or Outline Approval before you complete the purchase. However, it is becoming more common for land to be sold with an 'in principle' approval or possibly with just a positive pre-application response. It may have no planning approval at all, but is allocated for development through an offical adopted plan such as a Neighbourhood Development Plan (parish planning policies) or Core Strategy (local planning policy). Whatever the planning background, we will be able to offer impartial expert advice prior to purchase and a full planning submission service after purchase.
Sometimes it is possible to enter into a ‘Conditional Contract’ whereby you agree to purchase a plot for an agreed sum, following a subsequent and successful Planning Application.
We would always encourage early dialogue with your Planning Officer – to assess the suitability of your potential site, identify any pervading policy requirements and to avoid abortive costs or misunderstandings. A Pre-Application request is often recommended, whereby the project concept is submitted to the Local Authority (a charge is levied) and they respond with relevant policy guidance and an indication of the likelihood of approval.