Thanks to all that have given advice, and Chris for looking at my layout plan. Here's my layout so far:
It's my intention to motorise the points before I fix down and landscape too, and I already have a set of switches. My plan is to build a track plan on a board with the switches mounted in the positions for the points.
Apart from needing a few more points, and possibly some more straights, purchasing of track and stock is at a point I can get on with most of the work now. The initial expenditure is out of the way, and I can now add to the layout as budget allows.
All the best.