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Fancy building your own home? Five plots for sale and what you can do

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New planning rules could shake things up and allow communities to have more of a say in what is built in their area.

They include giving neighbours the chance to veto or back proposals for new housing nearby. The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will allow ‘street votes’, with new developments being blocked if a two-thirds majority of residents do not agree to support them.

Difficulties in getting approval to build a new home – under the current or any proposed system – mean that sites with planning permission already granted are in high demand. We take a look at five around the country below – and what you could build there.

Fancy buying a plot of land to build your own home? (Scroll down for more detail about this plot for sale)

Fancy buying a plot of land to build your own home? (Scroll down for more detail about this plot for sale)

Housing Secretary Michael Gove believes giving people a say will create more backing for development, but critics claim the bill is a recipe for disaster, as it is likely to lead to more neighbours at war if people are given a veto.

In light of a potentially controversial planning environment ahead, building sites that already have planning permission granted are likely to be even more sought-after.

We take a look at five building plots for sale around the country, with asking prices ranging from £120,000 to £550,000.

Buyers should always do their own research ahead of buying a plot of land and consider using a planning consultant.

1. Building plot, £350k, Hasketon, Suffolk

This garden building plot in the village of Hasketon, Suffolk, has planning permission for a three-bed house and is being sold for £350,000

This garden building plot in the village of Hasketon, Suffolk, has planning permission for a three-bed house and is being sold for £350,000

The plot extends to 0.2 acres, and includes an existing period cottage that needs to be demolished as part of the planning consent

The plot extends to 0.2 acres, and includes an existing period cottage that needs to be demolished as part of the planning consent

This garden building plot is in the village of Hasketon, in Suffolk, and extends to 0.2 acres.

The existing period cottage has been unoccupied for a number of years, and has full planning permission to be demolished and replaced with a modern three-bedroom detached house.

The new 2,600 square feet two-storey family home will have far-reaching south and west facing views across the surrounding meadows towards the parish church.

The plot is being sold via Jackson-Stops estate agents with an asking price of £350,000.

2. Building plot, £225k, Willesborough

This plot of land in the village of Willesborough in Kent has full planning permission to build a  detached house and is being sold for £225,000

This plot of land in the village of Willesborough in Kent has full planning permission to build a  detached house and is being sold for £225,000

The new property will have three bedrooms, including a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom

The new property will have three bedrooms, including a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom

This plot of land in the village of Willesborough in Kent has full planning permission to build an architecturally striking detached bungalow.

The new property will have three bedrooms, including a main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The approved plans feature two adjoining single-storey pitched roof small barn type structures, with open plan living accomodation on one side and bedrooms on the other.

The finished building would be just shy of 1,500 square feet and the plot is being sold by Hobbs and Parker estate agents with an asking price of £225,000.

3. Building plot, Masbury, £550k

This building plot for sale in Masbury, Somerset, is on the south side of the Mendips and is being sold for £550,000

This building plot for sale in Masbury, Somerset, is on the south side of the Mendips and is being sold for £550,000

The site is south-facing and boasts far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor, a hill near Glastonbury that is topped by the roofless St Michael's Tower

The site is south-facing and boasts far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor, a hill near Glastonbury that is topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower

The barn on the site has planning permission for a two-bedroom house to be built

The barn on the site has planning permission for a two-bedroom house to be built

This freehold building plot in Masbury, Somerset, on the south side of the Mendips boasts far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor.

The barn on the site is south-facing and planning permission has been given for a two-bedroom house.

The site is being sold with an asking price of offers of more than £550,000 via Sandersons estate agents.

Mr Copley said: ‘This beautiful plot of land benefits from an idyllic rural location in Somerset, and is located right on the doorstep of the Mendips. 

‘The picturesque town of Shepton Mallet and the historic city of Wells are also a short distance away.’ 

4. Building plot, Crossgates, £120k

This building plot has planning permission for a four-bedroom detached property and costs £120,000

This building plot has planning permission for a four-bedroom detached property and costs £120,000

This building plot has planning permission for a four-bedroom detached property.

The plans for the dormer property include an open-plan kitchen and dining area, a bay-fronted living room, and a ground floor bedroom along with a bathroom.

The remaining three bedrooms are on the first floor, as well as another bathroom and a separate shower room.

There are no real-life photos of the undeveloped site in the listing. 

The site is in Crossgates, a village in North Yorkshire, and it has an asking price of £120,000. The land is being sold by CPH Property Services.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘This spacious plot in Scarborough would make the perfect place for a family looking to build a home that is ideally catered to their needs. Even better for prospective buyers, it already comes with planning permission for a three or four-bedroom detached dwelling.’ 

5. Building plot, Uddingston, £179k

The building plot in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, has planning consent for a new house and is for sale for £179,000

The building plot in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, has planning consent for a new house and is for sale for £179,000

This building plot is in Uddingston, a small town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

It comes with planning consent for a large detached home with four bedrooms, include a main bedroom with a dressing room.

The plot is currently unserviced, but the services are nearby, according to the agents handling the sale. It is being sold by Residence estate agents for £179,000.

Finance available via Help to Build

Those looking to build their own home can  benefit from a £150million Government initiative called Help to Build.

This is where an individual homebuilder will be expected to put up a 5 per cent deposit, while the Government will loan 20 per cent of the build cost, with a 75 per cent mortgage making up the rest and a ceiling of £600,000.

It is a practical option for self-builders.

‘Building your own home isn’t a dream limited to the rich or the adventurous,’ says TV broadcaster Kevin McCloud on the National Custom & Self Build Association portal. ‘Anyone can do it and the rewards are fantastic. 

‘They usually make homes which are much greener and built to higher quality standards than the norm. Savings are typically a quarter to a half of the costs.’ 

You need to do your research as there are plenty of tips to learn that can make the journey smoother.

For example, submitting a pre-application so the planners can pick what they don’t like in your plans at an early stage will save disappointment later.

About 13,000 people build their own homes in Britain every year. It is hoped that number will increase to as many as 40,000 new homes a year with the introduction of Help To Build.

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Verdion starts on logistics development in Nettetal (DE)

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Verdion has started the development of a new €30m logistics facility on the outskirts of Nettetal near the German-Dutch border and Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The speculative project is part of the value-add strategy of the Verdion European Logistics Fund (VELF) 1, which invests in last-mile logistics and value-add assets in northern and central Europe.

 

On completion in Q2 2023, the new facility at Herrenpfad-Sud 40 will offer 21,560m² of Grade A logistics space in up to four units, with 18,575m² of warehousing with 20 loading bays as well as 950m² of office and mezzanine space.

 

Verdion is targeting a DGNB Gold sustainability certificate for the highly energy-efficient building, which will not be using fossil fuels as a primary energy source and provides charging points for electric vehicles and cycle parking for a carbon-neutral commute. Additionally, the roof and electrical infrastructure will be prepared for solar energy generation. The site itself is located in the established Herrenpfad Sud industrial estate in Nettetal between Monchengladbach and Venlo, directly on the German-Dutch border and within striking distance of Germany’s largest conurbation, the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

 

Florian Stobe, Head of Investment – Germany at Verdion, said: “Within the framework of Verdion’s sustainability strategy, we determined that rather than modernising and extending the existing building as originally planned, a full-scale redevelopment would better serve this market and meet the fund’s ESG standards. We are already seeing a great deal of interest in the new space, based on its strategic location and the strength of demand for last-mile distribution space for customers in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. With this strategy in Nettetal and other assets in the VELF 1 fund coming forward, we are creating value at the same time as providing new space in undersupplied markets.”

 

 

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LaSalle and Accumulata to develop Munich’s first hybrid timber office building (GB)

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LaSalle Investment Management, acting in collaboration with ACCUMULATA Real Estate Group, will develop Munich’s first hybrid timber office building. The building is being constructed on behalf of Encore+, LaSalle’s flagship pan-European fund. Situated on Elsenheimerstrasse in the city’s Westend district, the office building will have a floor area of approximately 16,000m². With dismantling of the existing building on site already underway and construction due to begin in the third quarter of this year, the project is scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2024. Lettings are already being marketed in collaboration with CBRE, the lead estate agent.

 

Designed by the leading Munich-based architectural firm Oliv Architekten, the asset will provide flexible, multifunctional spaces including a ground-floor café/bistro and landscaped roof terrace, as well as various wellness amenities, including a yoga studio and a relaxation lounge. Tenants will also enjoy bicycle parking, electric charging points and a smart underground car parking facility. Furthermore, the building will provide customisable office units and creative collaboration spaces, ensuring the asset is well-positioned for the future.

 

In terms of its environmental credentials, the project meets the highest sustainability standards across all areas, including construction, materials and operations. Having already received a DGNB “Platinum” precertification, the asset will be constructed using concrete reclaimed from the existing building currently situated at this location. All materials used in construction will be documented in a material passport, showing where and how the various components were sourced and installed, ensuring they can be repurposed at the end of their service life. These measures are projected to reduce embodied carbon by up to 25%. Embodied carbon will be low at 366kg CO2e/m², significantly below the RICS Building Carbon Database (offices) average benchmark of 1291kg CO2e/m².

 

The use of timber in the building’s load-bearing structure will ensure that approximately 1,100 tonnes of carbon will remain stored in the building fabric, rather than emitted into the atmosphere. During the course of the asset’s lifespan, emissions associated with the building’s operation will be reduced by 65% in comparison to a typical office building through the integration of a photovoltaic system, efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems and the use of a ground water heat pump. The building will also harvest and store rainwater, supplying irrigation systems for the benefit of surrounding green areas.

 

David Ironside, Fund Manager of Encore+ at LaSalle Investment Management, commented: “This is an industry-leading and best-in-class project. The first of its kind in Munich, its design in accordance with circular economy principles and resource-conserving operation will serve as a benchmark in sustainable real estate. Located in one of the most sought-after office submarkets in Munich, the property will be extremely well placed to meet the ever-evolving demands of future tenants around sustainability, quality, amenities and infrastructure while providing attractive long-term returns for our investors.”

 

Markus Diegelmann, Managing Partner at ACCUMULATA Real Estate Group, added: “The start of demolition marks an exciting first step in the development of what will be one of the most sustainable office projects in Munich. At ACCUMULATA, we aim to promote the concepts of urban mining and the circular economy within the construction sector and this project is firmly aligned with this objective. By utilising ultra-high-quality and recyclable materials, we are creating an office building that can meet occupiers’ shifting requirements, both in terms of flexible working environments and sustainability standards.”

 

Georg Illichmann, Managing Director at CBRE GmbH, said: “As the first hybrid timber office building to be constructed in Munich, the project achieves all the modern-day requirements tenants demand from office buildings: easy accessibility to public transport, sustainability credentials and working spaces that promote communication, creativity and innovation. The building’s use of timber, unique to the Munich office market, will not only support the building’s sustainability credentials but also the wellbeing of occupiers. At CBRE, we are proud to be leading on the marketing of this unique asset and be involved in ground-breaking project in the German real estate market as the lead estate agent.”

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Cain provides €99.7m for London office development (GB)

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Cain International has agreed an €99.7m (£86m) development loan with BauMont Real Estate Capital  and YardNine for the development of a 95,000ft² highly sustainable, best in class office-scheme at 100 Fetter Lane in central London known as ‘Edenica’. The asset was acquired by BauMont in January 2021 with development partner, YardNine. Located in City Mid-town, in close proximity to Farringdon, the development benefits from easy access to the newly opened Elizabeth Line via Farringdon, as well as City Thameslink and Chancery Lane stations, with a diverse range of cultural, leisure, retail and educational amenities nearby.

 

The asset received planning consent in September 2021 for the delivery of a new 12-storey development, with over 8,000ft² of roof gardens, a new pedestrian route and garden square at ground level, alongside more than 230 cycle spaces. In addition to the light filled workspace the scheme will include a new café and F&B uses.

 

The building, situated at 100 Fetter Lane, has been named ‘Edenica’, a reference to the extensive outdoor spaces which form part of the scheme and adjoin it. The project is targeting the highest environmental standards of BREEAM Outstanding, WiredScore, SmartScore and WELL certifications.  Sustainability, technology and wellbeing are extensively incorporated into the design. This includes voluminous office space with clear heights of over 3 metres, openable windows to enable mixed-mode ventilation, extensive planted terraces to encourage biodiversity and provide significant external breakout spaces, facilities to encourage active modes of travel, and high-performance 100% electric building designed with the Waterman Group to ensure the building uses as little energy as possible and achieves Net Zero carbon emissions in use. Construction work has commenced on site and the scheme is due for completion in Summer 2024. 

 

Tanja Yerolemou-Ennsgraber, Senior Vice President – Real Estate Finance at Cain International, said: “We are excited to partner with an experienced sponsor and developer duo, joining their journey to deliver a best-in class office scheme. The project embraces the needs and desires of the future occupier, being mindful about their experience and bringing it to the fore. BauMont and YardNine have successfully unlocked a fantastic development opportunity and we are pleased to bring our construction financing expertise to the table and see Edenica unfold.” 

 

Damien Pasini, Director at BauMont Real Estate Capital said: “Following the recepit of planning permission last year, securing development financing is another significant milestone for 100 Fetter Lane. We look forward to working with Cain and YardNine to deliver a highly sustainable and innovative workplace in one of Central London’s most vibrant submarkets.”

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