Development Site For Sale

Fincher's Farm, Fincher's Farm, Whitbourne, Herefordshire

Guide price £480,000 Sold


First time on the market since 1860, a superb listed farmhouse and two period barns suitable for development. For sale by online auction.

  • Fincher's Farmhouse - 1,905 sq ft 4 beds, 2 receps. Grade II listed
  • Barn 1 - 1,830 sq ft. Grade II listed
  • Barn 2 - 2,155 sq ft. Grade II listed
  • Two further timber outbuildings
  • In all about 5,890 sq ft
  • 1.38 acres - more land available by separate negotiation
  • For sale by ONLINE AUCTION ending 12 noon on Thursday 13th February 2020
  • Full details on Fisher Germans online auction page www.fishergerman.co.uk/current-auctions

Situation
Whitbourne is a highly sought after village located on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire borders and with a thriving community having a village hall, community run shop and the Live and Let Live pub. The small town of Bromyard lies approximately 5.5 miles to the west providing facilities for day to day shopping and leisure, including a supermarket, with the Cathedral City of Worcester approximately 11 miles to the east. There is a wide selection of schools in the area, both primary and secondary as well as the well regarded private schools in Worcester. For the commuter there is easy access to the M5 at Junction 7 (providing routes to Birmingham in the north and Bristol in the south). There are many footpaths, bridle ways and leisure pursuits in the area including the stunning Malvern Hills to the south which also has Malvern Link railway station providing connections to Birmingham and London.


Description
First time on the market since 1860, Fincher’s Farm provides a unique opportunity to purchase an attractive timber framed farmhouse, ripe for improvement, which is Grade II listed and has all the period features you would expect of this era. On the ground floor there is a large kitchen breakfast room with a Rayburn, beyond which is the dining room and sitting room providing excellent entertaining space. Completing the ground floor is a well-proportioned study and ground floor bathroom. Upstairs there are 4 double bedrooms. Attached to the side of the farmhouse is an outbuilding which could be adapted to a number of potential uses.


The farmhouse is located on the northern side of a wide open courtyard with, to the side, a good sized garden including a vegetable plot. To the rear of the property there are attractive views over open fields and the new owners will be able enjoy the superb peace and quiet of the countryside.


Across the driveway there are two substantial Grade II Listed barns, both of two storey's and constructed from a combination of timber frame, brick and stone. There are a number of potential combinations for utilising these barns, either where Fincher’s Farm is bought by a single family and looking to utilise the barns for ancillary accommodation, holiday lets or to support a rural enterprise or equestrian facilities. Either side of the barns there are two paddocks with one leading down to the stream by the entrance. To the side of the driveway are located two additional outbuildings, both in poor repair.


Development Potential
Having taken informal planning advice, the potential exists to apply for planning permission for each of the barns to become individual residential dwellings, making the sale of Fincher’s Farm an attractive prospect for a developer to create three high quality dwellings. Having consulted the Herefordshire Council Local Plan, two specific policies apply which support the development as outlined. Policy RA5 (re-use of rural buildings) and Policy LU2 of the Whitbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan suggests that the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings into dwellings will be supported. The local policy context can be seen to be very favourable and, subject to suitable design, will support the conversion of the two barns to residential dwellings. A conversion scheme would also link very well to Policy LD4 of the Herefordshire Council Local Plan core strategy which encourages the ‘sustainable use of Heritage Assets to provide a focus for wider regeneration scheme’. The site is being sold without the benefit of any planning permission and the purchaser must satisfy themselves of the opportunities that exist prior to committing to a purchase.

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