Self-build tip: Be wary of plots with planning permission close to expiry
It is vital that self builders make themselves aware of the length of time left on any consent as many vendors don’t often sell their plot until some time after the original consent was granted — sometimes with only six months left. That may seem like enough time, until one considers that planning departments can take up to 12 weeks in considering applications for the discharge of conditions. If preparatory work or investigations are needed in order to begin this process, six months could be cutting it fine. Therefore, keeping a consent current is the top priority of any plot owner. If in doubt, always purchase subject to the granting or re-granting of planning permission.