Selling Brownfield Land

Brownfield sites are previously developed industrial property where new homes can be built, but there are some important steps to learn about before trying to sell this type of land.

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Your top questions when selling brownfield land

✅ What are brownfield sites?

They are any type of land in the UK that has previously been developed for industrial use, for example as the site of a factory or petrol station, and that is no longer in use and could be the site of new houses or flats. These sites differ from greenfield land which covers agricultural fields, parks and other naturally green areas where building new homes is discouraged.

✅ What are brownfield registers?

These are official registers that local authorise develop to evaluate and then list potential brownfield sites that might be viable for builders to redevelop with new houses or flats. Brownfield registers are required to be made publicly available, and the land listed on these registers is done so based on several criteria including its heritage and amenity.

✅ Why do buyers look for brownfield land?

There are several factors that make brownfield land attractive to potential buyers, including the fact that they are often located in popular urban areas in need of new houses. This makes them a top priority for property developers who are looking to build new homes. They also may have great existing drainage and other infrastructure that the developers will eventually need.

✅ Are there any barriers to selling a brownfield site?

Yes, prospective buyers could have a number of concerns with purchasing a brownfield site, including possible contamination left behind by the prior industrial use of the land – such as petrochemicals that might have seeped into the property when it was a petrol station. If the site is located in a low-demand area, this could also deter interest from property developers.

✅ Should I get planning permission for my brownfield land?

Planning permission is required for redeveloping a brownfield site into new residential properties, but this can be a very slow and expensive process. If you already have planning permission in place for the brownfield land then this will likely make it more attractive to buyers compared to a brownfield site which does not already have planning permission.

✅ How can I avoid paying fees when selling a brownfield site?

You could get in touch with a no-commission quick property buying company such as LDN Properties, because they will never charge you any fees when selling, or you could sell without any third party help. By contrast, using an estate agent or auctioneer to sell your brownfield land will require that you pay fees, which will be taken out of eventual sale proceeds.

✅ What is the fastest option for selling my brownfield land?

Contacting a quick property buying company is typically the most rapid way to sell brownfield land, because the entire timeline should only take a few short weeks, and this includes the time taken to exchange contracts any pay you the sale proceeds. Selling on your own, through an estate agent or at an auction are all methods that may take at least a few months.

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