What is PlotSearch?
PlotSearch is the UK’s largest single online source of available land and property to convert or renovate specifically designed for self builders, renovators and small-scale property developers. If there's a plot of land, conversion or renovation for sale, we'll do our best to find and list it. We also locate larger plots of land with planning and highlight opportunities for groups of self builders to divide the land into individual plots.
PlotSearch lists over 9,000 building, renovation and conversion opportunities throughout the UK to give you as much choice as possible all collected in one place! Some property websites also list plots of land, but we are a dedicated service with no red herrings, so you can ensure you only see results and alerts that are relevant and useful to you.
A piece of land without planning permission is not a building plot and there is no guarantee that consent to build on it will ever be granted, which is why we only list building opportunities with some form of planning in place, or lapsed planning that can in theory be renewed. Renovation opportunities will not usually need planning permission if no structural or exterior changes are being made, but a conversion will almost certainly require it particularly for a change of use. For your piece of mind PlotSearch only lists genuine opportunities, but beware of websites advertising cheap land with no planning which you may never be able to develop!
Information is gathered and updated daily from over 11,000 sources – from estate agents and private sellers to the Ministry of Defence and the Church of England. Unlike other online land databases, PlotSearch contacts its contributors by telephone every couple of weeks to ensure our information is accurate and up to date, straight from the horse’s mouth. Finding land can be competitive, so PlotSearch has been designed to help you maximize opportunities – many of our plots come direct to us and can’t be found elsewhere, and you can use our handy email alert system to ensure you get the newest listings as soon as they come in!
How to use PlotSearch
- Search to see what we have listed in the areas you are interested in
- View comprehensive details about the plot or project of your choice instantly online
- Contact the seller directly with any questions or to arrange a viewing or put in an offer
- PlotAlert emails will notify you as soon as anything you may be interested in becomes available
How much does it cost?
You can become a PlotSearch member for as little as £2.92 a month with our excellent value range of unlimited access subscription packages starting from just £20 for 3 months. Find out more…
What’s in a detailed plot report?
Plot reports include detailed information about each site - its status, services, sizes, planning details and vendor information. There are aerial, area and street maps of the project showing its location and surroundings. Most plot details also include a picture of the opportunity. See an example of a detailed report
PlotSearch not only lists individual opportunities, but also larger sites with planning permission to build up to 4 houses. Our PlotShare initiative allows individual self builders to come together and divide up these sites – thus opening up more opportunities in your chosen location! The process of identifying a site and finding other self builders to make a group purchase with is facilitated by the PlotSearch team. More information about PlotShare
What should I do when I find something I’m interested in?
As a subscriber to PlotSearch you have access to full plot information, including the sellers contact details – PlotSearch is not an intermediary and we receive no fees from estate agents, so when you spot a listing you’re interested in you can simply contact the vendor directly! Some agents may ask you for a finders fee, check when you contact them.
If you have finance already in place you will be able to move faster - BuildStore Financial Services offers a range of mortgage options, many of which are exclusive to our clients. Plus if you take up a BuildStore financial services package we will refund your PlotSearch subscription in full!
Want to get an idea of how much you can borrow? Try our online borrowing and build cost calculators