Should I Develop my Building Plots in Derbyshire?

4 February 2019
by Archive User

I own a plot of potential building land of about 1/2 acre.

I have spoken to the planners, and the plot is suitable for development.

I am emotionally attached to the land and have always planned on building a house and retiring there, retaining a large garden and views over the fields.

I am not in a position to fund a new build, but I have interested parties offering a range of options.

My land is in a lovely area on the edge of a small town in Derbyshire.

I would very much welcome any suggestions please, and thinking outside the box is fine.

Many thanks in anticipation.

3 Answers

  1. Sofia Delgado says:

    Hi Gillian,

    It seems your land has great potential, and it’s understandable that you feel emotionally attached to it.

    In recent years, the Custom Build route has become increasingly popular.

    This usually takes form in sites that are developed with the premise that their residents will have more design freedom than when buying any other new home.

    When people get to design their homes to suit their needs, they tend to stay in those homes for longer and therefore create stronger communities.

    So, with this in mind I believe you should explore the Custom Build route.

    Perhaps you can finally realise your dream of building a home on this land, while creating a friendly community around you.

    You can read about resident blogger Kevin Keable, who has taken the custom build route. He will be sharing his experience with us, with the second instalment due to be published next week. Kevin has engaged the help of Custom Build Homes who have serviced the plots and helped him market the land to potential buyers.

    You should also get in touch with companies such as Potton, Border Oak and Oakwrights who will be pleased to explain the route in more detail and discuss whether they can help you.

    Hopefully this gives you some ideas, let us know if you have more questions regarding this.

    Sofia Delgado, digital assistant editor

  2. Gillian Nazaruk says:

    Hi Sophia,
    Many Thanks for your advice. I will look into Custom Build, which I haven’t seen before, as it seems a very interesting option..
    I have, only briefly looked at Potton and will definitely research further.
    I must admit that my difficulty is letting go of any of the land due to my emotional attachment.
    However, I am confident that while researching, the right project will come along and I am able to retain an acceptable portion of my land.
    One of the options was to copy David Snell of Homebuilding and Renovating, who had 2 houses built by his builder, one for builder and one for David, who supplied the plot. Would that work, and how?

  3. Sofia Delgado says:

    Hi Gill,

    Perhaps it wasn’t clear from my previous answer. Kevin is building his own home on the land, too. So while new homes (and neighbours!) are due, he is also going to be part of this new community and enjoy the land.

    Ventures where landowners arrange to release part of their land and retain a plot for themselves are becoming increasingly popular. As to how the agreement works, that will very much depend on what you discuss with the companies.

    The companies i’ve mentioned above have a genuine interest in creating good relationships with landowners and self builders, so if you explain how you feel and the attachment you have to the land, I’m sure they’ll find a proposal that will be accommodating of your needs. What it really comes down to at this point is to give them a call and see how you feel, whether this is the route that makes sense to you and whether you think they’ll take care of your worries.

    Of course, once you hear what they have to say and make a decision to go forward, we’d recommend you find a lawyer who’ll be able to ensure you are signing contracts that work for you.

    If you are near Kent or Manchester, you can come to the Build It Live shows and meet these companies in person. It’s a great opportunity for you to have a face-to-face chat with the people involved in these ventures, so you can get a good feel of who you’d like to follow up with.

    Build It South East (in Kent) is this weekend 9-10 February, and we’ll be in Manchester for our North West show on 23-24 February.

    Perhaps we’ll see you there?

    Best wishes,


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