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Steve Boxall writes…….


I am married to a gardener.  Whilst Sue would deny this, she manages to turn our garden into a colourful outdoor area, which is a great space for outdoors living, weather permitting!

Outdoor space is important for our wellbeing, if nothing else, as was demonstrated by the pressure of lockdown.  Sometimes, house gardens can be too large and become a burden to the owners.  Over the years, I have valued many such properties, where a Family Homer had become too large for the owners, especially where the garden was too big to maintain.

Sometimes, it is possible to put this garden space to an alternative use.  The need for housing creates a demand for land, and building plots are in short supply.  Access to the plot is of paramount importance, as is the availability of services, together with the ability to comply with Planning Regulations.

I have recently advised landowners and developers in the creation of three plots.  The three houses upon completion, being sold by Gadsby Nichols.

Having dealt with many such opportunities, I am aware that each site is unique, with its own set of issues to be overcome.  The key, however, is to create homes that are relevant to the site and the location, in order to maximise the potential of each plot of land.

The access of the development also relies on a team of people to steer things in the right direction, planning consultants, architects, engineers, etc., working together with a common aim.  The developer constructs the vision, subject to the relevant constraints on funding, utilising up-to-date materials and technologies.

As previously mentioned, each potential site is unique, which required to be dealt with sympathetically.  If you are reading this, and wondering if your garden is a potential building plot, give me a call.  After all, what have you got to lose?

Well must dash, Sue says the grass needs cutting.


At Gadsby Nichols we have a clear goal - to provide the best quality advice and service to each and every one of our clients. This commitment underpins all our activities and means we have invested heavily in our most important resource - our people.

Steve Gadsby BSc FRICS Director

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