I notice that there are a few redundant water tanks for sale on this auction site? Just wondering if they might make good/cheap hut sites? They will all have vehicular access of some kind & usually a fence & gate. Maybe planners would approve a hut more easily than a dwelling house? Good use of sites that are not attractive for any other kind of development.
Permahectic is saying the same as me, not all access means vehicle access or right to develop.
You need to check small or seek legal advice.
We've got one in our woodland, it included in our deeds. It's something I'm considering to convert into a building of some nature.
What I'd say is you need to make sure you have proper access, and if buying in an auction you'll need to check the deeds before the sale.
Using our tank as an example, if it were sold as a plot you could access it on foot, vehicle access would be for maintenance and running operations. If you were to convert the use of the plot you'd need to apply for permission and you not get access to carry out any works. Effectively you'd be land locked with a ransom strip between the plot and the road. I could allow access, but could charge what ever I wanted.
Just noticed that another discussion on this forum - called Hut Footprint - is about this same subject - worth looking at that too...
I've looked at a few of these online, but frequently they don't have access, hence their low price. This one says to check access in the legal pack - sounds as if it is surrounded by an estate. It would be possible to negotiate servitude over neighbouring land, and perhaps to create a physical track. But actually this may well be more problematic than simply dealing with the planners over access from a road - especially since the access onto the road will still be an issue if there is no existing track or if it is used for other purposes.
Ah yes, I've wondered the same thing about those water tanks - it would be great to hear whether someone has experience of buying one? On the plus side, there is obviously an opportunity to get a little bit of land for not very much money. But on the minus side, you must pay close attention to what the access provision is, also ask the appropriate planning authority for advice on whether it's something they might look favourably on, or what problems they might see. Also - you don't really know what you're buying - how much would it cost to reinstate the tank into something safe and buildable - - you wouldn't even really know what you'r bought until you had it (as you're unlikely to be able to really survey the tank inside... BUT, having said that, and with all those caveats, it still seems possible that sometimes those things are a good opportunity. I think I once saw a shepherd's hut up int he western isles on one of those sites... so I suppose there are various ways you could do it...