Is your garden the nest-egg you didn’t know you had?

At a time when we’re all tightening our belts and considering ways to protect our financial future, you may be wondering if selling your garden land for development is the answer. Whether for a lump sum, a passive income or living space for relatives, building in your garden could be the key to gaining financial security for you and your loved ones. 

Does your garden have development potential?

Parting with your garden is a big decision and requires a considered approach. Before you commit to investing your time in that process, be realistic about whether your garden ticks the boxes for development potential.

Access

If your garden has direct access from a road, you’re more likely to secure planning permission to build a new home. If you already own the access, that makes the process even more straightforward. 

Plenty of space

There’s no minimum plot size for garden development, but a larger area will give you options and is more likely to please the planners. For a new-build project, your garden needs to be big enough to accommodate the new home itself and an outside space that’s comparable in size to those in the surrounding area. In many cases, space for off-street parking may also be required.

If you’re considering an infill build where you develop the space to the side of your house, you’ll need to be sure your existing and new home won’t look crammed in. Talk to an architect about how the building could be designed to utilise the space without making the street appear overcrowded.

Not too many trees

Trees are sometimes protected by preservation orders, which means it’s a criminal offence to cut down or damage them. If you plan to cut down unprotected trees, be mindful of the impact that might have on wildlife, on your neighbours and that this can seriously affect nearby existing buildings. Bear in mind that tree roots can also be problematic for a building project.

If you have significant trees in your garden and you’re seriously considering development, commission a tree survey so you’ve got all the facts before you decide to proceed.

Enough distance from your neighbours

Overshadowing is when a new building casts a shadow on neighbouring properties, reducing light and affecting the quality of life of surrounding residents. Planners and developers (not to mention your neighbours) will want to be sure the position and size of your garden allows for a new home to be built without the risk of overshadowing.

Not overlooked

Privacy is pretty high on the agenda for planners, so if your garden is overlooked it may not tick their boxes. Privacy goes both ways — a new home built in your garden mustn’t overlook the neighbours and the neighbours mustn’t overlook the new home. 

Having said that, some potential privacy issues can be designed away, so it’s worth having a chat with an architect or developer to explore your options.

Minimal wildlife

If there are protected species such as newts, reptiles, wild birds or bats on your site, the development potential of your garden is greatly reduced. We recommend having a specialist ecological survey before you get further into the process.

Neighbours have developed their gardens

If gardens nearby have already been built on, it’s more likely you’ll get planning permission to do the same. It’s worth looking into previous planning decisions in your area to get an idea of how successful your application might be.

Think your garden ticks the boxes? 

If your garden ticks the boxes for development potential there’s a good chance you’ll get planning permission, which will add value to your property and give you options.

Whether you want to build a new home to own, or sell garden land for development, we can help you take the next steps. At Landhaven, we pride ourselves on designing beautiful, high-quality, ethical homes that respect the environment and get you the best returns on suitable spaces. 

If you’re ready to unlock the potential of your land, talk to us.

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