Development Site For Sale

Greenlooms Farmhouse and Barns, Martins Lane, Hargrave, Chester, Cheshire

Offers Over £950,000

*By Informal Tender on 8/6/22 at 12 noon* A substantial former farmhouse and traditional farm outbuildings, with consent for 5 dwellings in total, in an exceptional and sought-after setting.

  • By Informal Tender -12 noon 8th June 2022
  • Highly sought-after semi-rural setting
  • Farmhouse with Certificate of Lawfulness for 2 dwellings
  • Lawful Development Certificate ref 18/04096/LDC
  • Traditional farm buildings with consent for three dwellings
  • Additional agricultural land by separate negotiation
  • Planning ref 18/04117/FUL dated July 2021
  • Generous gardens to all properties and private parking
  • Garaging and barn garaging to each barn conversion
  • Farmhouse EPC rating F, Farmhouse cottage EPC rating F
  • Farmhouse and cottage extend to approx. 358 sq m

Greenlooms Farm is situated in an idyllic semi-rural setting on the edge of the highly sought-after village of Waverton, within a short drive to the south east of the historic Roman city of Chester. Both Waverton and nearby Christleton offer an array of local amenities including general stores, a post office counter, hairdressers, and public houses whilst Chester provides a more comprehensive offering.

The area is well-served by some excellent state and independent schools including Waverton Primary School, Christleton High School (deemed Outstanding by Ofsted) and local independent schools include King’s and Queen’s Schools in Chester.

The area is renowned for some excellent country footpath walks in addition to recreational facilities including nearby Eaton Golf Club, whilst Chester offers additional recreational opportunities. The area is well placed for commuting to the commercial centres of the North West, with Junction 12 of the M53 within 5 miles in turn leading to the M56 and M6 motorway network. Chester station offers a direct service to London Euston, within 2 hours.

The Property
Greenlooms Farm is a former farmstead, although it has not been farmed in recent years but rather used for domestic and commercial purposes. The farmhouse itself is believed to date back to the 14th Century with later additions. More recently, the property was subdivided creating the principal dwelling along with a self-contained cottage. The property does require a significant scheme of reconfiguration and upgrading throughout. To the north side of the farmhouse is an extensive range of single storey brick outbuildings including four pig sties, chicken sheds and general stores, which may present other opportunities, subject to planning consent. Forming a courtyard setting to the south of the farmhouse is a superb L-shaped range of traditional brick buildings, under slate roofing, linked by a driftway in its corner. Planning has been granted for the principal range to be converted into three residential dwellings. To the east of the traditional range is a metal-framed open Dutch barn with an adjoining lean-to.

Adjoining agricultural land may be available by separate negotiation.

Farmhouse Accommodation
The principal accommodation within the farmhouse briefly comprises a farmhouse kitchen, three reception rooms, a home office, utility room and WC. To the first floor is a large master bedroom with dressing room and en suite facilities, three further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and general storeroom. This accommodation extends to approximately 280 sqm (3,015 sqft).

The adjoining cottage briefly comprises a breakfast kitchen, living room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The cottage accommodation extends to approximately 78 sqm (842 sqft).

The farmhouse and cottage do require a comprehensive scheme of remodelling and refurbishment and the potential does exist for demolition and replacement, subject to the necessary planning consents.

Barn Conversions
The traditional range have consent for conversion into three residential dwellings, two of which are proposed to be three bedroomed and the larger dwelling providing four bedrooms. Each barn will benefit from a generous east facing garden with exceptional rural views with garaging within the single storey southern section of outbuilding and additional parking and storage within an existing metal framed Dutch barn. The adjoining southern section of the traditional range is not to be converted into residential but used for storage, although other opportunities may exist.

Planning was granted by Cheshire West and Chester Council under application no. 18/04117/FUL on 8 July 2021 for conversion of the agricultural barns into three dwellings. The development shall be commenced before the expiration of three years from this date. Please note the southern section of the barn shown on plan reference 116975-03 Rev E is not to be converted into habitable accommodation, but rather used for storage, in the interest of residential amenity. There is no affordable housing requirement or commuted sums payable.

The development is currently subject to an assessed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payment of £74,202.41 based on current policy and rates. Any subsequent purchaser / developer would need to request a fresh Liability Notice and calculation from the Council. It may be possible to apply for CIL relief if any of the exceptions in the CIL Regulations can be demonstrated. Further advice on this can be obtained on request.

A Lawful Development Certificate was issued on 20 December 2018 under application no. 18/04096/LDC confirming that the cottage has been used as a dwelling without material interruption for a period in excess of four years prior to the date of the Lawful Development Certificate application. The existing use is therefore lawful.

The proposed barn conversion accommodation is as follows:

The Farmhouse – 4-bed semi-detached extending to approximately 280 sq m (3015 sq ft).

The Cottage – 3-bed semi-detached extending to approximately 78 sq m (842 sq ft).

Barn 3 – 3-bed end mews extending to approximately 142 sq m (1530 sq ft).

Barn 4 – 4-bed mid mews extending to approximately 196 sq m (2108 sq ft).

Barn 5 – 3-bed end mews extending to approximately 146 sq m (1570 sq ft).

Full planning documents can be found on the Cheshire West and Chester planning portal but also available from the selling agents. Prospective buyers must satisfy themselves of the approval and relevant plans and Fisher German will not be held responsible for any omissions.

Sales Boundary
The property and land being offered is shown within these sales particulars, edged red. The purchaser will be responsible for erecting and maintaining stock proof fencing between points A, B and C on the plan.

An overage clause will be included within the contract of sale for a period of 25 years, post completion, requiring the payment of 40% of the uplift in value of the property arising in the event of any additional residential dwellings beyond the existing consent for five, including the farmhouse and farm cottage. Further details are available from the selling agents.

Mains electricity, water and gas supply. Private soakaway drainage system. Buyers must satisfy themselves of the availability of services and are responsible for liaising with the local utility suppliers in this regard.

Fixtures and Fittings
All fixtures and fittings, furniture, carpets, curtains, lighting, garden ornaments and statuary are excluded from the sale. Some may be available by separate negotiation.

The property is believed to be freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Easements, Wayleaves and Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to all existing easements, wayleaves and rights of way whether specified or not within these sales particulars. Of note buyers should be aware, a public footpath, FP14, runs through the courtyard heading north east.

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