PROSPECTIVE Wrexham FC buyer Andy Smith heads a company which buys plots in green belt land and sells them to self-build clients - despite there being very little chance of getting planning permission.
The Surrey-based businessman is a co-director of United Plotowners Associates plus UK & International Land Sales and Development Ltd.
The companies buy land in protected green belt and divide the mostly rural sites into dozens of plots.
But the plots are sold without the required planning permission - and councils insist there is little chance of buyers getting permission to build.
One council even put up signs on a site warning homes could not be built - and threatening legal action against plot owners if development took place.
Trading standards officers said last night there is nothing illegal in the practice unless the plots are mis-sold to customers.
The ILS website said: "UK & International Land Sales & Development Ltd specialises in the purchase and sale of land which has potential for planning permission.
"Although planning permission can never be guaranteed, investors and the general public can purchase areas of land with the assurance that they are dealing with an experienced and well-respected land sales business."
One site being marketed by ILS is Burpham Court, Guildford, where dozens of plots are marked as sold. There is no planning permission to build.
ILS's webpage said the site was inspected by United Plotowners which "deemed it suitable for a planning application to be submitted."
This will be lodged once "traffic survey and environmental studies are completed by Atkins."
One plot is up for sale with an asking price of £5,960.
A Guildford Borough Council spokesman said: "(This site) is within a green belt area of land.
"To date, no planning applications (including applications for a change of use) have been lodged with Guild-ford Borough Council for the land at this address.
"Any new applications are assessed on their own merit. However, current green belt policy restricts residential development.
"There is an Article 4 direction on the site, which restricts permitted development rights to erect fences, for example divide fields into visually smaller plots."
At Hodnet, near Telford, a 1.1acre plot is up for resale with a price of £3,960.
It is described as a "pine forest plot in amongst other plots for investment or private use."
But North Shropshire District council, last year put up a notice warning potential buyers: "It is the understanding of this authority that this land has been sub-divided into plots and sold for possible development.
"This land is not deemed suitable for further residential development in the North Shropshire local plan.
"Any planning application would be a significant departure from the local plan and would not be supported by the local planning authority.
"Any unauthorised development will lead to enforcement action being taken against the owner of the land. This could lead to a substantial fine."
Trading standards officers at the two councils have not received complaints about the two sites.
Yesterday Mr Smith declined to comment.