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When looking for land to plant your home, you have the alternative between two categories: the land in subdivision or the isolated land in diffuse. But everyone has its advantages and disadvantages. The right choice is to take the one that is most in line with your life plan. But you can only understand it by knowing the characteristics of each type of terrain.

Differences between land in subdivision and isolated land

Article L 442.1 of the Urban Planning Code qualifies as subdivision any division of plot for the purpose of construction. The constitution of a subdivision is subject to an obligation of demarcation and prior administrative control: planning permission
In general, you buy this type of land from a professional development developer, who offers plots ready to build. They are limited and serviced.

An isolated land or diffuse sector does not mean that you will be lost, alone, in the depths of the campaign. It is simply land that does not meet the legal definition of subdivision.
Most often, it is sold by an individual and he is not ready to build. Before buying you must apply for a planning certificate to be sure that the land is buildable.

The advantages and disadvantages of the land in subdivision

  • Thebenefits: You are sure to buy land ready to build.
    It is limited, so you know the exact area of ​​what you pay. Which does not prevent you from checking.
    It is serviced, water, gas, electricity, telephone, internet and sanitation are at the door.
    The nature of the basement is guaranteed. You know what to expect for the foundations. And if you have doubts, ask to consult the permit to arrange.
    You benefit from collective amenities: roads and possibly green areas or a pool, etc.
  • The inconvenients: For the construction, you must respect precise specifications and you belong to a horizontal joint ownership.
    The specifications for the construction may be more or less binding: Manufacturer's choice, type of house, gable height, color and nature of roofs and shutters, location and type of fences, landscaping, etc. Check that your project is in line with all these obligations.
    The subdivision bylaw who will regulate the life of the subdivision, can also be binding. Are you ready to accept it?
    In addition to your expenses, you will have to pay those related to the public facilities: roads, lighting, possible maintenance of the green spaces or the swimming pool.

The advantages and disadvantages of isolated land

  • Advantages: You have a lot of freedom and often a larger area of ​​land.

To build your house and develop your land, the only constraints will be those urban planning rules in force. But the simple consultation of the PLU of the commune gives you all the information. And you can freely choose your builder or even self-build.

  • The inconvenients: You must check the feasibility of your project from A to Z.

Before you have bought the land you must check its constructability by asking for a planning certificate. If it is positive, different approaches await you outside the act of purchase: Choose a builder or an architect, apply for a building permit, make the various connections to the networks (water, electricity, gas, telephone, internet), possibly provide individual sanitation, etc.
But your architect or individual home builder can also bring you his expertise for many of these steps and checks.

Finally each type of land has the disadvantages of its advantages: More constraints in subdivision but a plot ready to build against more freedom in isolated land but more steps to be taken alone.
Not to mention that subdivisions are often closer to urban areas than isolated sites. These are often places where families with children are concentrated.
It's up to you to see what's best for you.


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