Developing land is a big project to undertake, so you must go into it with all the knowledge you can. There is lots of information available online that will help you to decide whether it is worth carrying out, so you should make sure you do your homework before making any decisions.
Read our top 4 reasons why you should so your research before developing land and how you can do it.
Explore using Google Maps
Google Maps is a really useful tool to help you see the surrounding area of the land you want to develop without having to actually visit there. Use the Street View and Satellite features of Maps to explore before you visit the area or to find out about local amenities.
Remember – Google Maps images can be a few years old, and lots of things can change within this time. But you’ll get a good idea of what’s around before you go and visit the area by using it.
Check for environmental hazards before developing land
You can check online for the concentration levels of radon in the area before developing land. Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas that can be harmful if levels reach higher than 200 becquerels per cubic metre of air. Use the Health Protection Agency (HPA) website to find out what the levels are and whether you need to take more action.
Check whether flooding might be an issue
If you’re planning on developing land around a coastline or river, it’s probably worth checking whether it is at risk of flooding. You can visit the Environment Agency website, which gives you details of the risk of flooding and other environmental factors. All you have to do is put in a postcode and it will give you all the information you need.
If the land you’re considering developing is at risk of flooding, you can investigate more and find out all the cost implications with properties that have a flood risk.
Find out what’s going on around the land
Don’t forget to check out what’s happening around the land you want to develop. Check the local authority’s website to see whether there are any planning applications around the area that might affect the value of anything you build on the land. The last thing you want to happen is to develop on land that you thought was going to be idyllic countryside, only to find out that months later it’s turned into a housing estate.
If you ask, you should also be able to get hold of historic building regulations and planning applications from the local authority too.
Use a qualified chartered surveyor
Whilst these tools are available for free to anyone, you should still hire a surveyor to inspect the land and any buildings on it before you develop it. Use this information as a ready reckoner to make certain decisions, but always consult an expert for advice.
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