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How to Find and Appraise a Plot Masterclass

How to Find & Appraise a Plot Masterclass

This extensive in-depth and informative Masterclass will delve deeper into the challenging world of plot hunting to give you the expert advice and knowledge you need to find, and determine the suitablility of your ideal plot. This course is run by Potton's Managing Director, Mark Stevenson.

Take a look at the comparison table below to see what's included in this Masterclass compared to the overview seminar.

Saturday 13th October - 9.30am-3.30pm
Potton Self Build Show Centre, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Cost: £200
To book, please call 01480 403285

Course Contents

How to Find Land and Appraise a Building Plot Seminar Masterclass (max. 20 spaces)
Presented by Potton Self Build Consultant Mark Stevenson - Managing Director
Cost £75 or use of Free Pass £200 ea
Duration 4 Hours 6 Hours
Delegate numbers Max 50 Max 20
Lunch provided
Why are plots hard to find? Y


The right to build legislation Y Y
Competitors in land buying Y Y
Understanding the competitor advantage   Y
How to get started Y Y
Understanding the difference between land and a building plot Y Y
How much land do you really need Y Y
What to look for when looking for a plot – different plot types Y Y
Plots to avoid Y Y
Specialist planning policies for exception plots   Y
Top 20 ways to find a plot Y Y
Case study examples   Y
How to identify plot ownership Y Y
Replacement dwellings Y Y
Replacement dwelling appraisal / Checklist   Y
Custom build plots Y Y
Using online maps and plans Y Y
How to make your own plot   Y
Live example of using online mapping to find a plot   Y
The plot buying process explained Y Y
Legal considerations explained   Y
Option agreements explained   Y
How to assess the viability of a plot Y Y
How to make sure you pay the right plot price Y Y
Plot valuation excel model – live demonstration   Y
Assessing the planning potential of a plot Y Y
Planning appraisals  - detailed considerations   Y
Obtaining pre-application advice Y Y
How to prepare for a pre-application meeting   Y
Identifying plot construction risks Y Y
Plot construction risks, detailed examples   Y
Managing the risk – site surveys and investigations Y Y
Ten common planning mistakes Y Y
Ten top tips for buying the right plot Y Y
Supporting Material
5 P’s Plot Assessment Model (Excel spreadsheet download)
Free Book - How to Find and Buy a Building Plot (Speer & Dade)   Y
Plot Valuation Tool (Excel spreadsheet model)   Y
Course notes and supporting material – available as a download Y
+ printed & digital copy

About Mark Stevenson...

Mark Stevenson Profile
Mark has worked as a construction professional for almost 30 years and following an extensive career in house building became Managing Director of Potton and Kingspan Timber Solutions Ltd where he now helps self-builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in house building and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots. He regularly shares his knowledge in Potton’s Self Build Academy where he leads the finding land and how to build seminar programme.

Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.

Self Build Academy

Potton Self Build Show Centre

Mill Lane, Little Paxton,

St Neots, Cambridgeshire

PE19 6EF

01480 403285

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