Identifying an Optimal Site for your Commercial Development

How to identify the best land for your commercial development
When selecting a slice of land to develop on, there are several factors you must take into consideration. We’ve outlined the core ones here.
Size, shape, slope, orientation
If you’re lucky, you’ll have several plots to choose from when designing and developing your new building. However, choosing the right plot isn’t as simple as going for the biggest, or the best shape alone. You’ll also want to consider the slope it’s on, as correcting this can be a massive cost that quickly eats up much of your budget. Orientation is also key, as you’ll want your development to be easily acceptable to its intended users.
Soil type
On the surface, most dirt looks the same, but as any soil scientist will tell you, there’s so much more to the dirt you’re going to build on than its colour and tangible texture. Type and composition of soil can vary within even very short distances, so it’s important to understand how it may react to changes in the climate around it, especially in relation to moisture content. Land where the soil isn’t study may be more expensive to build on, as a stronger foundation is required. You’ll also want to test the soil for any chemicals that may be hazardous to human, animal or plant health.
Existing amenities in the area
The fact of the matter is, if there’s no existing amenities in the area, and you’re not building an entire estate-style development from scratch, people are unlikely to be interested in your development. Proximity to reliable public transport, a shopping centre and basic services such as GPs and hairdressers are all key in creating interest in new commercial developments.
Council restrictions
Council restrictions vary not only council to council, but plot to plot, so check in with the local council in the area you’re considering building in before making any major decisions. Be sure to also take the time to ask about what else is in development already, to ensure your project stands out and won’t be a copy of something else.
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