The land development hook

Why would conservation enthusiasts advertise plots for sale with the allure of future development potential, claiming that the buyers of their larger plots might one day obtain planning permission?

The poster vintagemood asked the same question on the Scots-titles.com forum and before you know it the Scottish Woodland website had been changed to say that planning permission is “unlikely to ever be possible”.

The original text up until July 2012 read:

“The Woodland Sites being offered may be suitable for leisure use or some sensitive development. The land is not zoned for development though temporary structures are normally permitted. However, planning permission may be possible in the future and so the plots offer an interesting long term investment in an increasingly popular area” (link here).

As opposed to the current wording:

“The Woodland Sites being offered may be suitable for leisure use or some sensitive development. The land is not zoned for development as this is designated as woodland. Planning permission for a dwelling is unlikely to ever be possible, though a simple structure for tools and equipment storage may be approved” (link here).

Read the full story on the scots-titles forum here, starting on page 34. PS: Highland Titles, through their alter egos Calluna and Florence, allege that the above linked image of the original website has been tampered with. However, since we clearly remember the original wording – after all, it was displayed on their website for several years – it is more than likely that Highland Titles’s own supporters will do the same. So who will end up looking like a fool here?

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  1. Kennel Wood, Dunoon???

    Just stumbled across a different set of half-acre plots for sale using the same distinctive wording as found in your linked JPEG:

    “However, planning permission may be possible in the future due to the prime location adjacent to the thriving holiday parks and some residential development, and so the plots offer an interesting long term speculative investment in an increasingly popular area which has relatively easy access but is still far from the ‘madding crowd’.”

    http://www.osbornes.co.uk/dunoon.htm

    Do we detect the hand of Bevis, or has somebody just happened across his old sales blurb and given it a fresh airing? No names appear in this advert whereas the adverts on external sites for Keil Wood half acre plots used to give Laura Bevis’s contact details… but then Bevis surely realizes how damaged a brand the “Bevis” name now is.

    Posted by ILovePeterBevis | November 20, 2012, 4:58 pm

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