Japanese Knotweed! NIGHTMARE and EXPENSIVE!
(North East Lincolnshire)
Just a quick message to all who are thinking about doing a self build and looking for a plot of land! Before you buy the land, make sure the surveyor checks for signs of Japanese Knotweed, or other such weeds that are VERY VERY VERY costly to remove from the land! We have approximately 200m2 of our 650m2 plot that's infested with Japanese Knotweed. Have been quoted £20k - 50k for immediate removal. Madness, as that will increase build cost by at least a third!
Obviously if you have 2 - 3 years to wait, you can use a herbicide method which comes in at a real fraction of that cost. My planning permission runs out on August 20th this year. Thinking I may let the planning lapse take the 3 year herbicide option and then develop!
If anyone has had any such experiences would love to hear from you, as ANY advice or contacts would be gratefully accepted.
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