The Process For Buying & Selling Land

Whether it's the purchase of metres of land, or miles of land, we are able to assist you through the legal process.

It may be that you are just purchasing a small area of land from your neighbour to build an extension, or to enlarge your garden. Maybe you are buying a building plot to build your own home, or it may be that you are buying farmland. In any of these circumstances, we can help.


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Whatever the circumstances, we are here to help

We will investigate all aspects of the land purchase, from services to rights of access, light to fencing, and restrictive covenants (which  may prevent your intended use or future development of the land).

We are  also able to advise in circumstances where the seller of the land is looking to impose a 'clawback' to entitle the seller to a share of the increased value of the land, should planning permission be obtained for the future development of the land.

Land Sale

Some questions we regularly get asked to answer might help your understanding of this area of conveyancing:-

Q -   My neighbour wants to purchase a small  part  of my garden land.  What  do I need to consider?

  • If you are prepared to sell and if you agree  upon  a sale  price, then  there are  a number of additional factors to be considered:-
  • Your conveyancer will need a scale plan  with  measurements in metres for Land  Registry purposes.
  • Who is  to pay  the  legal  costs  of the  sale,  whether you,  your  buyer  or each to pay their  own costs?
  • What is your  neighbour's intended use of the land  and  do you have  any issues with  those  intentions?  Should  your  neighbour be permitted to build  upon the land  and, if so, do you have any concerns  about  what  or how big they may build?
  • Are there any points with  regard  to access, light  or services  which  may need to be considered?
  • What  provisions may  be necessary as  to fencing  obligations and  then the future maintenance and repair of the fencing

Q2 -   I own  a field adjoining the  public  highway. What  should  I consider before putting it on the  market for sale?

  • You should  first  seek  specialist advice  as  to whether the  land  has  or may  have  development potential in the  future as, if so, then  this  will reflect  upon the  value  of the land.  Clearly,  the land  is more valuable if it has or may have future development potential.
  •  If the land  does not currently have  permission for development but you are   concerned   that it may  gain  permission  for  development in  the future,  then  you   could   seek   to   impose   restrictions  on   the   land preventing it being developed without your consent or otherwise for you to  impose   a  'clawback'  whereby   you   would   become   entitled  to  a percentage of  the  increased value  of  the  land   should   it be  granted permission for development in the future.

Of course, all these terms would have to be negotiated with your buyer.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine are able to prepare the appropriate documentation to ensure that whatever terms have been agreed with your buyer are made binding against the land for your ongoing benefit and protection.