22jun9:00 am4:00 pmNSBRC Guide to Finding Land & Appraising a Plot - Saturday 22nd June 2024

Event Details

This extensive in-depth and informative course will delve deeper into the challenging world of plot hunting to give you the expert advice and knowledge you need to find, and determine the suitability of your ideal plot.

Our How to Find Land & Appraise a Plot course is delivered by Mark Stevenson, Independent Project Manager.

Having worked as a builder and construction professional for almost 30 years, Mark Stevenson now helps self-builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in house building and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots.

How to Find Land & Appraise a Plot Dates

This session is held on a Saturday from 09:00 – 16:00

The price to attend this online course is £165.00 (VAT inc).

Advanced booking is required.

For further information please call 0345 223 4455.

“This was a FANTASTIC course, a goldmine of wisdom, you did a brilliant job, Mark – I’ve learnt so much and am now super eager to put it all into practice! Thanks Katy too, you make a great team! 😊”


What will the course cover?

Why are plots hard to find?

• The Right to Build legislation

• Competitors in land buying

• Understanding the competitor advantage

How to get started

• Understanding the difference between land and a building plot

• How much land do you really need

• What to look for when looking for a plot – different plot types

• Plots to avoid

• Specialist planning policies for exception plots

Top 20 ways to find a plot

• Case study examples

• How to identify plot ownership

• Replacement dwellings

• Replacement dwelling appraisal / Checklist

• Custom build plots

• Using online maps and plans

• How to make your own plot

• Live example of using online mapping to find a plot

The plot buying process explained

• Legal considerations explained

• Option agreements explained

• How to assess the viability of a plot

• How to make sure you pay the right plot price

• Plot valuation excel model – live demonstration

Assessing the planning potential of a plot

• Planning appraisals – detailed considerations

• Obtaining pre-application advice

• How to prepare for a pre-application meeting

• Identifying plot construction risks

• Plot construction risks, detailed examples

Refund Policy – The How to Find and Appraise a Plot Course

Cost of course per person: £165 GBP (VAT inclusive).

If you are unable to attend the course after booking, we can transfer your place to another course date if you notify us at least a week before the event (subject to availability). Please notify us as soon as possible.

Please note that we will issue a full refund if you notify us up to 7 days prior to the event start date, if you notify us after this time your payment will be non-refundable.




(Saturday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


National Self Build & Renovation Centre

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