I'm a planning expert and this is my verdict on buying land without planning consent

white house with dormer windows in roof and green wooden orangery to side
Obtaining planning permission on unconsented land can lead to positive results (Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

Whether your priorities shifted in the wake of COVID lockdowns or you're driven by the need to reduce outgoings and, more specifically, housing costs, buying land without planning consent has become an increasingly attractive path to building one’s perfect home.

But is it risky business that should be avoided at all costs? With years of experience to hand, our expert planning consultant, Simon Rix, tells us just what's in store if you choose to buy land without planning permission.

Simon Rix
Simon Rix

Simon worked as a planning officer and later an elected councillor for local government in the 1990s, beforing setting up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd. He is a regular contributor to Homebuilding & Renovating

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is a professional planning consultant, who began his career working in local government in the 1990s. He was a council officer and later an elected councillor, so he knows how the planning system works from both sides. He went on to set up Planix.UK Planning Consultants Ltd; a consultancy company that advises self builders, home extenders and those taking on small to medium-sized building projects on planning permission.