Essex has been ranked one of the top ten counties with the most land for sale in England.

Research conducted by Faraway Furniture in 2018, 218 plots within the county are currently listed for sale.

The study also revealed by insurance company Hiscox that 25% of 1,200 UK homeowners claim ‘prohibitively high property prices’ is the main reason for staying put.

A statement released by Faraway Furniture said: “With properties becoming increasingly difficult to afford, many are starting to turn to renovation rather than relocation.

“But whilst improving your current home is the obvious first choice, it can be costly and can create issues when applying for planning permissions.”

For those looking to build rather buy their own property, building a 3-4-bedroom 150m2 house would cost approximately £270,000 would be significantly cheaper according Greencore Construction.

Using property sites Zoopla and Rightmove, Faraway Furniture listed the number of land and plot listings per county in England and then combined their totals to establish the most spacious counties.

Lincolnshire was found to be the county with the most land for sale, a total of 472 plots, followed Devon with 364 and Cornwall third with 332.

Bristol was ranked bottom of the list, just 28.

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