Do you have an area in your back garden you’ve been considering selling or building on? Perhaps you have a plot of land and you’re just not sure what to do with it, or where to even start?

Our dedicated Land Department have represented many clients over the last twenty five years on a wide variety of land opportunities, ranging from single plots, to larger areas of land suitable for re-development. Often the idea of buying and selling land can appear to be daunting and can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Where to start? How to apply for permission? What can I actually do with my land? All these questions can accumulate and appear overwhelming, delaying decision making.

That’s where we step in to advise and guide, so that the best result can be achieved. As land transactions can often take years, it’s important for a good relationship to exist between owners and their agent.

So how can we help…?

Step 1: Contacting the Land Department

It all starts with a simple phone call or e-mail. Contact our Land Manager Katherine Gray LL.B (Hons) LPC on (01252) 762007 or .  She will then ask for some initial information so that we can start the process.

Step 2: Desktop research

Based on the information we have so far, we’ll start doing some desktop research. This will allow us to assess if your land is ‘developable’, we’ll run a few checks on your land just to cover the simple bases ; ie ownership, boundaries, tree preservation orders, covenant restrictions etc. You won’t have to do anything at this stage as we’ll come back to you and set out our initial advice.

Step 3: Appointment

If our research indicates that your land has potential redevelopment opportunities, our next step will be to arrange an appointment to visit you and carry out a site visit. Whilst we are able to run a certain amount of checks online, it’s important that we can ‘walk the site’ and establish a feel for the most appropriate form of development.

Step 4: Report

Following our research and site visit we will now produce a written report setting out our findings which will include the development potential and our thoughts on value. The report will also include how Mackenzie Smith will represent you.

Step 5: Instruct Mackenzie Smith to represent you

If you like what you’ve seen so far, we will agree terms of business and ask you to sign a contract. Once the paperwork is concluded we will use our extensive connections with reliable and relevant developers to find the right buyer for your land. This will incorporate many considerations – including value and the ability and track record of the purchaser to secure a planning permission. Other factors might involve timescales, conditions in the contract as well as being aware of any special or particular needs you may have.

Step 6: Managing the process

Once terms have been agreed, the majority of our work starts. We always ensure detailed heads of terms agreed from the outset; this ensures the legal process is initiated quickly and accurately reflects what’s been agreed. This is the period that is very important as it will involve detailed and regular communication with not only the developer but also solicitors, planning consultants, surveyors, engineers and other related specialist professionals.

Step 7: Completion

Once planning permission is attained, this will trigger the process for completion.


These 7 steps help to demonstrate that, despite what can appear to be a very detailed and time consuming process, can be managed in a professional and competent way. We have represented many clients over the years and can provide references if required.

For a completely confidential assessment please contact our Land Department on (01252) 762007, or e-mail