Bencraft Halls, Bassett Green Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 3QB. On Instructions of the University of Southampton. Land totalling approximately 0.94 ha (2.3 acres). Suitable for residential or other compatible uses, subject to planning.
The property sits within a leafy, suburban setting on the outskirts of the city, where the vernacular is largely two storey residential housing. The site is approximately 3.5 miles north of the city of Southampton and approximately 3.0 miles south
west of the town of Eastleigh. There are a number of local conveniences within walking
distance including a post office a bank, Lloyds pharmacy and a Sainsbury’s local. National rail services are available via Swaythling train station which is approximately 0.9 miles away.
The main University Highfield Campus is less than a mile away in a southerly direction. The University of Southampton is ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide.
The site contains three purpose built accommodation blocks constructed in 1978 which comprises of 16 studio and 217 single study non en suite rooms, plus 58 parking spaces. The accommodation is fully operational and currently tenanted with university students, with vacant possession set for July 2017. Details in relation to current income is available in the Information Pack. The topography of the site is largely level with natural tree screening to all boundaries.
Southampton City Council current Local Plan consists of a collection of adopted plans which include the City Centre Action Plan (adopted 2015), Core Strategy including the changes from the Core Strategy Partial Review (adopted 2015), ‘saved’ policies in the Local Plan Review and the Bassett
Neighbourhood Plan. There are also supplementary planning documents outlining more detailed policies.
The site is defined dunder policy H14 (Retention of Student Accommodation) within the plan which seeks to protect this use class unless it can demonstrated that either the accommodation is not needed, it is unsuitable for that use, or a more suitable form of replacement can be provided elsewhere. In addition, the site falls within an area known for archaeological remains as defined din policy HE6 (Archaeological Remains) and therefore an assessment of the impact of any proposed development will be required. Southampton City Council adopted their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in July 2013. We understand that Residential Institutions under Use Class C2, which applies to student accommodation, are not liable for CIL. We have not made any formal enquiries with the local authority. We recommend that interested parties undertake their own investigations with regards to any planning matters.
Southampton City Council:
Telephone 023 8083 3001
METHOD OF SALE
The site is to be offered by informal tender. Offers should be made in writing on the bid proforma provided in the Information Pack. In addition to unconditional offers the vendors are minded to consider offers dependent upon securing a detailed planning approval. The vendors are not obliged to accept the highest or indeed any offer. In the event of an offer being subject to securing planning for change of use, full details should be provided. They reserve the right to negotiate with preferred bidders where alternative uses are
proposed which are considered not to have a detrimental impact in planning terms.
The offer deadline is 11:00 am on 24th March 2017. Offers must be submitted in a sealed envelope only clearly marked:
Offer for Bencraft Halls
Bassett Green Road
9/10 Jewry Street,
in accordance with the bid proforma.
The property is freehold and will be sold with vacant possession.
An information pack containing relevant planning, technical and legal information and bidding procedure are available to download
from the website:
Prospective purchasers should note that the vendor will expect them to have obtained and carefully considered the contents of the Information Pack prior to submitting their offer.
VIEWING AND ENQUIRIES
Viewings will take place between 13:00 - 15:30, 8th February 2017. We ask that interested parties make a request in advance should they wish to attend. Viewings are strictly by appointment only with the sole agents, Carter Jonas.
T: 01962 833376
T: 01865 404478