Subdivide & Conquer: Is it time to cash in on your garden?


According to a recent articles and research by various real estate agents around the country, the pandemic has triggered a race for space, and houses with big gardens or spare, un-loved plots of land are now property gold. 

This isn’t just because we are looking for more outside space to enjoy, but actually because big gardens can make big money by dividing the plot and selling to a developer or building another house in the garden. 

We have undertaken a good number of these sorts of projects over the last couple of years, as the Chichester area has become a property hotspot and land is at an all-time premium.   

Broyle Road - a successful division of one large residential plot to create two lovely semi-detached homes

Due to the large amount of land given over to the National Park and the Harbour AONB, developable land for additional dwellings is limited, but there are still a number of properties in the area with large gardens in very desirable residential areas that could be suitable for development and/or subdivision. 

While some might think this is not good for areas, quite the opposite can be true. It’s environmentally better and more sustainable to build in already built-up areas that have infrastructure and utilities in place and that are already given over to residential development. 

The drive to encourage both individuals and small-scale developers to build is part of the rationale behind the government’s new £150 million help-to-build loan scheme that aims to “kick-start a self-building revolution”. 

Self and custom build could deliver 30-40,000 new homes a year: a significant contribution to the country’s housebuilding ambitions, to meet a growing housing need as set out in the Future of Planning white paper. 

"This sort of development, while hugely beneficial to the land owners / developers, can be tricky with a number of associated regulations and restrictions to uphold, particularly in sensitive areas and planning policies in Local and Neighbourhood Plans will all have to be respected as a matter of course," says SS&P’s Director of Planning, Paul White.

"There will be the usual ‘beds or bugs?’ and ‘why should more housing be built here?’ arguments but self-build can often introduce new bespoke design and variety to an area and relieve the monotony of estate housing." 
If you have land that you think might have potential for sub division or redevelopment and need help with planning and/or architectural design, please call the SS&P team on 01243 850411 or email

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