Land availabilty on the up

ALMOST ONE third more land was available in Great Britain in the first half of this year than in 2004, according to new figures from Savills.

The Welsh market was the most revived, up by 42% to 4574 acres. Availability in Scotland was up one quarter to 14,392 acres, while English agents had 66,541 acres to sell, a 33% increase.

Crispin Holborow, head of rural sales at Savills said: “The majority of regions show a marked increase with only two regions, the north-west and south-east of England, showing a strong decrease in activity.  The south-west showed a small decline.

“There is a clear correlation between the amount of land for sale in the various regions and the price. The east of England shows the largest increase in volume, although still over 25% less than 1998, and as a result land values have only shown a 2% rise.  In the North, however, prices have risen by nearly 15%.

The most marked reduction in land for sale has been in the south-east, which continues to show extremely low trading figures, nearly 60% below the average of 1998 to 2000.

Land availability first half 2005