Now is a very good time to be putting land forward that you believe may have the potential for planning in the future. Each council must prepare a development plan for their area in consultation with the local community; many local councils are now updating their development plans.
The aim of the plan is to make sure there is enough land available for the area’s housing, employment and community facilities, while protecting important landscape and environmental features.
Through the development plan, councils can identify the best locations for new homes, businesses and infrastructure while also protecting places of value to people or wildlife. The plans are an important consideration in dealing with planning applications and should help guide decision making.
Farmers and landowners should identify potential land and make some enquiries as this can give the business options going forward to liquidate a small awkward field and reinvest the proceeds to increase efficiency on farm or to help fund a new or diversified enterprise. There is a real demand for small to medium sized developments of up to 50 units on the edge of settlements, these sized sites tend to be too small for national promotors or home builders but potentially too costly to take through and gain planning permission by the individual land owner.
If you would like to discuss the potential of a site or advice on strategic small and medium scale developments, please get in contact with Harry at email@example.com or your local FCG office.