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Buying Land or Property for Development
Buying land or property, whether you're buying a piece of land suitable for 20+ houses, a property needing renovation, or a property with existing tenants is a major investment. Even buying an empty commercial unit may require planning permission if you want to change the use.

Here at Lawson-West Commercial we have specialists ready to ensure that, whatever you are buying, it is suitable for your purpose. We don't believe in blinding people with jargon or throwing obstacles in the way. Lawson-West, solicitors, work for you, not the other way around and our job is to advise you not tell you what to do.

Whatever your plans are (whether residential or commercial) it is essential that you can legally develop or use the land in the way you wish. The need for planning permission may be a, if not the, major factor but here at Lawson-West, we understand that no two purchases are the same and our aim is to address your individual concerns.

We can help with:

  • Negotiating a contract to buy conditional upon you obtaining what you are looking for (e.g. a suitable planning permission)
  • Negotiating an option agreement allowing you to buy the land only when all the other pieces fall into place
  • Checking the legal title for restrictions or rights that might call a halt to your plans
  • Advising on whether a change of use planning permission is required (e.g. to change a residential property into a business property or change from one type of business to another)
  • Advising if there are any special considerations such as listed buildings, conservation areas or environmental issues
  • Negotiating planning agreements (section 106 agreements) with the council
  • Carrying out searches to check for specific issues of concern to you
  • Advising on the terms of any existing leases to which the property is subject and what they mean for you
  • Advising on different ownership options – company, pension scheme, individuals.

At Lawson-West Commercial, we believe in working closely not just with you but also with your other professional advisors (architects, accountants, surveyors) to ensure that all angles are considered.

Above all we want you to be sure that, when you buy, you know what you are getting and don't get any nasty surprises.

If you have any queries regarding buying land or property for development, please contact David Heys on 0116 212 1027 now.