Apply to buy land from the Council

Residents can apply to buy small areas of land on council housing estates.

The land may be sold as freehold or leasehold. This is assessed on a case by case basis and will depend on the circumstances of the site.

Any sale may also include restrictions to prevent certain types of uses, activities or development on the site.

If you're not sure if the Council owns the land we will let you know after you've applied. You can also search the land registry (Gov.UK).

If you're thinking about using the land or building on it you may need permission to do this. You're responsible for checking if you need planning permission.

What land we can sell

We need to make sure that the land meets our criteria to recommend selling it.

We won't be able to sell if the size, shape and area of the land allows one or more homes to be built on it.

When assessing whether we can make a recommendation, we'll also look at whether the sale:

  • benefits the wider community, for example, by making use of under-used or misused areas
  • helps to reduce any management issues, for example, if the land is prone to anti-social behaviour.

We'll always explain the reasons for any decisions that we make.

Download the full policy and criteria for selling housing land.

How much it will cost

We charge £550+VAT to cover the cost of investigation, consultation and work with other departments relating to the sale of the land.

You'll only need to pay this if we're able to recommend the sale. This can't be refunded if the sale isn't completed.

Each piece of land is valued separately - there isn't a set price. If the sale is confirmed, you'll need to pay the agreed price for the land and all costs, such as solicitor's charges, connected with the sale.

How to apply

You'll need provide proof of your identity and give evidence to support and justify the application to purchase the land.

You'll also need to upload a map of the land and information such as photos that can help us identify it.

You can sign up for a website account and this will allow you to save your application and complete it at a later date.

Complete the online form

What happens after you've applied?

We'll write to you within five working days of receiving the application to tell you the name and telephone number of the development officer dealing with your application.

There are a number of steps that we need take to complete the sale, and the full process is likely to take at least six months.

Pay the admin fee

If we're able to recommend the sale, you'll need to pay the £550+VAT fee to move onto the next step.