DDA has reduced the minimum plot area for Farm House/Country Homes from 2.5 acres to 1 acre, vide S.O.No – 1199(E), on 10th May, 2013
The concept of Farm House – which was a mere outhouse in the field, has started in the 60’s. As the Farm Houses were very few in numbers, hence there was no need of formulating any clear cut building guidelines. In the 70’s and 80’s land was an investment avenue which was seen by the growing urban. Slowly, with the passage of time, in the late 80’s till 2000, a trend came in South Delhi with which, Farm Houses gained a new recognition of being the First Homes. This trend resulted in firming up the land prices from mere lakhs to crores. Educated and rich class was fascinated by this concept of Country Homes and hence, started preferring Farm Houses. Earlier only 100 sq. meters was allowed on a 2.5acre plot, which was unsatisfactory for the Farm House lovers and they found it to be irrelevant. Build up areas was continually increasing. The current estimates in most of the dwelling units are approximately 5,000 to 30,000 sq. ft.
Now, the government (Ministry of Urban Development) has taken a pragmatic and practical step to revise the Farm House/Country Homes policy. With the new notification, the earlier term Farm House (a dwelling house on farm) has been now termed as Low Density Residential Plots. As per the new policy the existing Farm Houses in the urban extension would be regularized. The new Low Density Residential Plots are to be permitted only in the defined villages under the green belt and the Low Density Residential Areas defined in the Urban Extension.