Restrictive Covenants, Wayleaves and Easements

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Many self-builders, having found their plot, are taken completely by surprise to find out that there may be restrictions on what or even whether they can build on the land, imposed by persons or parties who may be completely unknown to them.

They are even more surprised to discover that the fact that the land may have planning permission does nothing to waive these restrictions. This means that it is imperative for you and your solicitor to investigate whether or not they exist before committing. Here’s what to look for:

David Snell

David is one of the UK's leading self build and plotfinding experts, and a serial self builder who has been building homes for 50 years. The author of Building Your Own Home, David spent decades as a speaker and expert at self build exhibitions such as the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. He has recently finished his fourteenth self build project.