Thanks for the advice. I’ve looked at the development plan and residential development is apparently open to consideration in the area, having regard to the guidelines for rural housing. I’ll definitely make an appointment with the planners for preliminary advice (I wasn’t sure beforehand whether they did that kind of thing or not), and depending on how that goes, I guess I’ll make a bid subject to planning permission, if I can. From what you’ve said, I daren’t risk a no strings attached bid, even if it does lose me the site. Hopefully, any opposition will be acting just as cautiously! Thanks for your help.