Site with residential planning consent. Outline consent for up to 34 dwellings. Sustainable town location. 5 minutes’ walk to train station. Mainline train service to London Waterloo. Within a sustainable town with good educational facilities.
Whitchurch is a small Hampshire town located within the valley of the River Test, surrounded by countryside. It lies approximately 13 miles south of Newbury, 12 miles north of Winchester, 8 miles east of Andover and 12 miles west of Basingstoke. Much of the town is a Conservation Area.
The site itself is positioned approximately 500m west of the town centre, where a number of local amenities can be found including a GP surgery, dentist, post office, various shops, restaurants and public houses.
The town’s train station is 5 minutes’ walk from the site, where a regular service to London Waterloo takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. There is a regular bus service to Basingstoke and Winchester.
Childcare facilities are available at Oak Tree day nursery and pre-school (Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’, 2014) which is located approximately 0.6 miles in an easterly direction. Primary school facilities are provided by Whitchurch CoE Primary School (Ofsted rated ‘Good’, 2016), which is approximately 1.4 miles in a south easterly direction. Secondary Education is provided by Testbourne Community School (Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ 2010), which is approximately 1.2 miles in a southerly direction.
The site, which has been used as allotments, lies between the Ardglen Industrial Estate and the residential development at Caesar’s Way. The ground rises towards to the north-western edge and falls to the south-eastern side. There is an electricity substation on the southernmost point of the site and power lines running overhead. The adjacent housing development at Caesar’s Way is largely made up of two storey detached and semi-detached properties.
Adjoining the southern boundary is Bloswood Lane which provides a public right of way across the site and a useful link to both the town centre and open countryside to the north.
The lane is within the Title ownership and will form part of the freehold sale. A right of way will be retained by our client over Bloswood Lane and the proposed development until such time that planning consent has been granted on the neighbouring land to the north (see Planning below), and has subsequently been sold on.
The site has the benefit of outline planning consent
(ref: 13/01522/OUT), granted on Appeal (APP/H1705/A/14/2223680) for a residential development of up to 34 dwellings, forty percent of which will be allocated as affordable, parking and open space; plus a new allotment facility, community orchard and associated parking. Copies of the planning consent and S106 agreement can be found in the Information Pack held on the dataroom.
To enable the allotment provision to be formed and brought into use at the earliest opportunity and in advance of the housing development, our client applied to vary the conditions within the S106 (ref: 16/03153/ROC). Consent has been granted, subject to a deed of variation which is currently being drafted. A copy can be made available upon request.
The new allotment provision is being prepared and notice has been served on the existing allotment holders to relocate to the new facility by October 2017 under separate arrangements made by the vendor. The new allotment land is therefore not included as part of the sale.
In May 2016, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council adopted their Local Plan 2011-2029. The adopted Plan forms part of the statutory development plan for the borough, sets out the Council’s vision and strategy for the area until 2029 and provides the basis for decisions on planning applications. Whitchurch Town Council has consulted on their Neighbourhood Plan and has submitted their plan to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for consideration. In addition a Village Design Statement was adopted in 2004 as supplemental planning guidance.
We would like to draw attention to the land immediately to the north known as the Plantation site, which is currently subject to an outline planning application (ref: 16/03220/OUT) by our client for a mixed use scheme comprising of up to up to 60 new dwellings, up to 3300sqm of B1 & B2 Use, new station car park, a new access off Evingar Road and open space.
Our client reserves the right to connect to any services that are constructed as part of the allotment redevelopment, as well as unencumbered access rights, to benefit any future development on the Plantation site immediately to the north.
We recommend that interested parties undertake their own investigations with regards to any planning matters.
Basingstoke & Deane Council:
Telephone 01256 844844
METHOD OF SALE
The site is to be offered by informal tender. Offers should be made on an unconditional basis and in writing on the bid proforma provided in the Information Pack. The vendors are not obliged to accept the highest or indeed any offer. The offer deadline is 11:00 am on 31st May 2017. Offers must be submitted in a sealed envelope only clearly marked ‘Offer for land adjacent to Caesar’s Way, Whitchurch’ to Carter Jonas, 9/10 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ in accordance with the bid proforma.
The site is freehold and will be sold with vacant possession with a guide price of £2.75M.
An information pack containing relevant planning, technical and legal information and bidding procedure are available to download from the website: www.whitchurchallotmentsite.com.
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
Whilst the site can be viewed from Ardglen Road, we request that interested parties who wish to carry out an on-site inspection will need to make arrangements with the sole agents, Carter Jonas.
T: 01962 833376
T: 01635 263071