Selling garden land for development? Here’s what you need to know

Selling your garden land has the potential to unlock huge value in your property. But before taking the plunge, it’s important to carefully consider the implications and weigh up the pros and cons of selling garden land for development. From navigating legal and regulatory hurdles to considering the impact on the local community and environment, there are several key factors to keep in mind to ensure you make an informed decision.

Why sell garden land for development?

One of the primary benefits of selling garden land for development is the potential for significant financial gain. Depending on the land size and location, developers may be willing to pay generously for the chance to construct homes on the site.

You may wish to move up the property ladder, work less, or fund that holiday and car you’ve always dreamed of. Some people use it as an opportunity to set up a younger family member in owning their own home. It’s a particularly appealing option if you’re looking to downsize or retire, as the funds generated from the sale could finance your next phase of life.

What to consider before you sell

Whatever your motivation, there are a few things that are worth doing before you commit to selling your garden land for development:

Research legal and regulatory hurdles involved in selling your garden land

Planning permission is a critical element that must be successfully resolved (either by the landowner or the developer) before selling garden land for development. The process of negotiating an agreement with the developer, and navigating that successfully to a completed sale of the land, can be challenging, and Building Regulations (which all sites must comply with) are now very complex.

Other important considerations include checking the Title Deeds for restrictions on the use of the garden and property, checking for suitable access, checking for connection to services, obtaining the lender’s consent if there’s an outstanding mortgage, and researching any tax implications, such as Capital Gains Tax.

It is vital to work with qualified legal professionals to ensure all legal requirements are met.

Do you have garden land that you’d like to sell all or part of? Contact Andrew for a free, no-obligation appraisal.

Does your garden have development potential?

Does your land tick the boxes for development potential and getting planning permission? Read our handy list of things to check.
Consider the potential impact on your surroundings

The potential impact your development could have on neighbours, the local community and the environment is a critical factor in determining the suitability of your garden land for development.

Depending on the proposed development’s scale and scope, the biggest impact is likely to be on the original house and on surrounding neighbours. Any new dwelling/s must respect these buildings and not cause ‘loss of privacy’ nor be ‘overbearing’ (which is the first thing that planners will check).

Planning permission will consider ecology and may put requirements on the proposed plans. As the seller of land, stipulations in the sales contract can also give controls over what is to be built. Loss of green space can have a negative impact on biodiversity, so ensure development plans are researched thoroughly—any negative impacts can be mitigated, and biodiversity can often be improved.

Once the land is sold, there’s no going back—the new development will permanently alter the landscape and character of the community. It’s essential to work with qualified, experienced professionals in assessing what the relevant issues, opportunities and constraints are, and weigh the benefits of selling the land against the potential costs and impacts.

Selling garden land for development can be a lucrative opportunity, but careful consideration and research is essential. By working with qualified, experienced professionals and considering the long-term implications of the sale, you can make an informed decision about whether selling your garden land for development is the right choice for you.

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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