Land is a tangible asset that has a variety of usages, factors such as location, size and access, even soil type can all impact on the land usage.Click on any of the links below to find out more about land and its uses:
- Agricultural Land Use
- Grazing Land Use
- Paddock Land Use
- Grazing Land Use
- Woodland Use
- Recreational Land Use
- Investment Land Use
How To Use Land
Agricultural land denotes land suitable for agricultural production of both crops and livestock. Agricultural land is separated into two different categories, arable land and pasture land. Agricultural land follows an Agricultural Land system. The Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) provides a method for assessing the quality of agricultural land. The higher the grading, the better and more versatile the agricultural land is.
The Agricultural Land Classification grading system is also used by local planning authorities, developers and the public if development is poposed on agricultural land.
Grazing land, or pasture land, is the most common type of land you will find for sale throughout the United Kingdom. Grazing land can be either arable land that has been seeded, or lush grassland.
Also known as pasture land it is typically used for grazing livestock, however it's location, area size and access all can increase it's potential for other uses such as conversion to a paddock, or it of course can just be held as a long-term investment.
Paddocks are generally small acreages of grazing land. Due to the scarcity of paddocks and of small acreages suitable for paddock conversion, land used for paddocks is generally "off cut" from larger pacels of grazing land. The size of paddock use varies, but typically the size required is one acre per horse.
Paddocks and land suitable for paddock conversion are in high demand due to the limited supply of small parcels of land. Vantage Land specialise in paddock land and providing you with the acreage you require and are happy to discuss your paddock requirements with you.
A smallholding is generally a piece of land between 1-50 acres that is used for the cultivation or growing of vegetables or the breeding of farm animals, i.e. a small farm.
Smallholdings don't have to include buildings / barns, but it is the general perception that they do as somewhere to store tools used to work on the land.
Finding private woodland is still relatively difficult, however this is another growth area. Woodland can be used for a wide range of outdoor activities including paint balling, archery, tree climbing and cycling there are also significant tax breaks in this type of investment.
Many people buy woodland for their own enjoyment, whether looking to escape city life in favour of rural tranquillity, or to have a place to relax in. Perfect for fun weekend getaways or to take small breaks on, to camp on, to be at one with nature.
Having a wood of your own means you have a place where you are free to have your own campfire or barbecue, where you can pick and choose your camping spots and you can grow what you like. It is an extended garden where your children and dogs are free to roam and explore without censure. You can install ponds, build dens, hang swings, collect creepy crawlies, harvest nuts, collect fungi, keep bees, or grow Christmas trees.
There is nothing to stop you fencing off your land, to keep people or animals out, and there are no legal restrictions on camping in your wood: as long as you don’t disturb anyone else’s peace, you are free to pitch as many tents as you like, or dance till dawn around a campfire. Mobile caravans can be left in a wood for up to 28 days, but if you were to leave one there any longer, and received no complaints from neighbours, you would probably find no one would object. Those hoping to construct a log cabin on their plot will have no luck convincing the authorities, however you are allowed to build anything that qualifies for forestry purposes – a shelter for tools, for example. It is also possible to put down tracks and paths without requiring permission.
There are financial advantages to owning woodland. In comparison to buying property with buildings, the most obvious are the tax breaks. Stamp duty is only paid on plots worth more than £60,000. Great news when you consider that in the ‘amenity woods’ market – ie, small woods bought for pleasure rather than commercial use – a plot of about eight acres generally costs around £20,000. Purchasing a wood of your own is relatively cheap – our solicitor would charge about £350, but there are no surveyor’s fees, no council tax and third party insurance is only about £50 a year, no matter how large the area. Any income derived from woodland is free from income and corporation tax. Increases in timber value are exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) – increases in land value, however, are not. If you retain woodland until death, CGT is not applicable, and inheritance tax is waived after you have owned your wood for two years
Recreational land can be used for a wide range of activities, including quad biking, off-roading, archery or for a simple gathering of family and friends. Recreational land can also be that with fishing, shooting or sporting rights.
As quad-biking, motor-cross and off-roading are noisy pursuits, land purchased for these is usually more remotely located, though an accessible road is require, and not near residential development. Quieter activities, such as archery, may have other specific requirements i.e. flat land open land.
We have sourced and gained permissions for clients to use their recreational land for areas such as playing fields and sports grounds, football pitches, golf courses, country parks and allotments and other green gardening or land sharing schemes, to leisure businesses such as go-cart tracks.
Investment, or strategic land is typically close to dense existing development, in areas of housing need, with an existing infrastructure. Investment land will benefit from good access and road frontage. This type of purchase is a mid to long-term investment where buyers speculate on large profits that can be made should the land become re-zoned for development.
This a fast growing investment niche as it is generally accepted that the UK's draconian planning laws which has caused this crisis 'must be relaxed' to allow for up to 3.5 million homes that need to be built in the next 10 years. The value of investment land varies depending on several factors, though land in general is seen as a solid investment.
Obviously no one can guarantee that any piece of land will be re-zoned or given planning permission, however Land Hunters specialise in this sector and we will only consider land that has met a certain criteria. As the majority of investors are happy to hold the land for 3-5 or even ten years we help our clients by only dealing with companies who use a strict land selection criteria which includes:
The site should be near to existing housing developments.
The Land must have clearly defined access
Access to utility services should be available
There must be adequate amenities near to the site
The land must be in an area where local authorities have indicated that the construction of new properties could be considered.
Finally: All plots must be sold on a totally freehold basis.
The Land Hunters actually managed to secure the exact piece of land we had been trying to purchase for some years and they did it within 12 weeks.
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When I was left a run-down probate property and didn't know what to do. The Land Hunters actually paid me 30% OVER the market-value. - Satisfied in Surrey.
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