I’ve found a dilapidated property in Devon on a beautiful plot. My dream is to buy it – it’s up for auction in October – and demolish and replace it with my dream house. The dream house would be no larger than the existing property.
The plot is in the countryside but the building is not listed and not in a National Park, Conservation Area, etc.
My concern is that if I approach the Council with my plans, when they see the existing building they may decide to list it, preventing my new build and leaving me with something extremely expensive to renovate and that I wouldn’t be happy with due to the layout.
The existing property would have been amazing in its heyday – part of it is Georgian and part Victorian but it’s now in a very poor state of repair. I would get contractors in to save all the features worth saving but then demolish and replace the property.
Does anyone have any advice on what to do before the auction? Is it wise to directly ask the Council the question about Listing, or could this raise the prospect of Listing which they may not have considered otherwise?
Any advice appreciated as this would be my “forever home” if everything works out…