We've listed the best ways to find plots of land for sale, from land listing websites to tapping into local knowledge.

tik pocket self build house house on an urban city street. Photo by Edmund Sumner

Image: Edmund Sumner

Are you on the look out for a plot of land for sale to build your dream grand design? We round up the best resources to help with your search.

Handy websites

Websites such as Buildstore feature thousands of land listings. What’s more, you can refine your search on property hunting portals – try Zoopla and Rightmove – to look for plots or potential knock-down-and-rebuild properties.

Estate and land agents

Sign up to the estate agents in the area where you want to build, as they’ll be the first ones to know about any sites for sale.

Local experts

Speak to local architects and surveyors, as they’re likely to find out about new plots early. They may know of a site that’s not right for them, but perfect for you.

Auctions

Sites suitable for single houses are often sold at auction, either as renovation projects, or demolition and rebuilds.

Send letters

Write an enquiry letter including your contact details and post through the letterboxes of all the houses in or close to your ideal area.

Someone might be keen to sell their property, sell off some nof their garden or know of someone else looking to sell.

Google Earth

It’s a useful way to search out nooks and crannies ripe for development.

First hand research 

Walk, cycle or drive around your chosen area, meticulously scouring the streets for potential sites.

Direct approach

Contact the local planning department to see if a planning application has already been submitted or contact the owners through the Land Registry.

 

Have you any other advice for searching for land for sale? For more advice on starting your own self build, pick up our latest bookazine, Self Build and Renovating, out now.

 

MORE ARTICLES

How to find a plot: the complete self build guide

7 top tips to building your dream home

More on self build

Kevins Column

Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
visit-award-winning-grand-designs-live-hosted-by-kevin-mccloud
 
 
self-build-guide-finding-a-plot
Self Build Homes

How to find a plot: the complete self build guide

Finding the perfect plot to create your own self build can be achieved with this no-nonsense guide.
how-to-build-your-dream-house
Self Build Homes

7 top tips to building your dream home

We reveal the 7 key steps to self build success, from budget to finding plots.
multigenerational-living-tips
Self Build Homes

5 practical tips for creating a multigenerational living space

We've rounded up our top 5 practical planning tips for mutligenerational families living together.
self-build-insurance
Self Build Homes

A guide to self build insurance

A self build insurance policy will protect you and your project against a range of risks. W explain how the right insurance policy can keep...
self-build-eco-sustainable-building-ideas
Self Build Homes

Green building ideas for your self build home

From sustainable building materials to thermal energy efficient technology, we've rounded up a few of the best and most innovative green building ideas.
how-to-build-a-healthy-home
Self Build Homes

How to build a healthy home

We investigate the impact the environment has on our health and home by delving into new possibilities for safeguarding our wellbeing to build a healthy...