Buying land

Ever wondered how we go about buying land? It's a critical and sometimes complicated process that forms the lifeblood of the housebuilding industry.

At Taylor Wimpey we focus on buying land where there is a need for homes, where people want to live and where we believe we have a realistic chance of securing planning permission. Land is the critical ‘raw material’ for a housebuilder, so we focus on purchasing the right sites in the right locations.

Taking a strategic approach

Each of our regional business units has a land strategy to make sure that we acquire the right land for creating sustainable communities where people will want to live.Land buying


We analyse:

  • The wider macro area as well as the smaller neighbourhood micro areas.
  • Population demographics to ensure that we understand our target audiences: who they are, what homes they want and, as a consequence, what people will want to buy.
  • Social issues such as schooling.
  • Environmental issues including flooding so we understand the potential impact of development and where mitigation would be needed.

We take social and environmental factors into account alongside economic factors to ensure the long term viability and sustainability of each potential development.

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What makes land buying exciting?

When we buy and develop land, we change the face of communities. Some of our most exciting projects are where we are involved in regenerating contaminated areas of land into vibrant and thriving sustainable places to live.

One such example is Greenwich Millennium Village in Greenwich (below) where 1,746 homes will be built with a range of eco-friendly features.

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What was once brownfield land (i.e. previously contaminated lane) now incorporates brand new homes with rainwater harvesting, cycle storage and electric car charging points.

There will also be an Energy Centre containing a Combined Heat and Power system and gas boilers, which will provide heat to the homes through a district heating network, as well as producing electricity for export to the national grid.

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Meet our land buyers

We have a team of people in each of our regional businesses dedicated to buying land. That usually includes Land Managers, a Land & Planning Director and the Managing Director who has overall responsibility for each development.

As a Land and Planning Director, Andrew Taylor (below) is responsible for the land acquisition strategy at Taylor Wimpey Midlands and works closely with key stakeholders such as landowners, local authorities and communities to build strong relationships at each step of the land and planning process, from land acquisition to community engagement.

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Andrew said: “Negotiating the detailed terms of a land deal with landowners, agents and lawyers and then seeing this land being designed into a new community where people want to live is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job. It’s both demanding and rewarding.”

Interested in a career in land buying? Take a look at our current vacancies.

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