Tittesworth Farmhouse, buildings, yard and surrounding land. Extending in total to approximately 22.02 Acres
Guide Price: £700,000 plus
LOT 1 - THE FARMHOUSE
The Grade ll Listed farmhouse spans two different centuries in the history of its construction and offers a wealth of traditional features. The original front section dates back to the 17th Century and is of traditional smooth dressed sandstone construction under a Staffordshire tiled roof and provides three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, boot room and a utility room. The larger rear three storey extension of brick construction was added in the 19th century and provides two bedrooms, bathroom, two reception rooms and two loft rooms. The total living space extends to an impressive approximate floor area of 318 square metres (3,422 square feet).
Whilst in need of renovation and modernisation throughout to realise the potential of its character, the works can be undertaken to suit an individual’s preferences, subject to meeting any necessary conditions set by Historic England.
Externally the farmhouse has the benefit of lawned gardens to the side and rear of the property.
LOT 1 - THE FARMYARD
The farmyard comprises of ranges of both traditional and modern farm buildings equipped for a livestock farm as shown and numbered on the plan and as detailed within the accompanying schedule.
Whilst many purchasers will have continuing agricultural uses or adaption to equestrian uses in mind, the Traditional Farm Buildings are also considered to offer potential for a courtyard development of residential barn conversions or change of use for holiday accommodation to take advantage of the local tourism market or indeed for offices, storage or workshop purposes subject to obtaining any necessary planning consents and/or Listed Building Consents that are required. The Sellers have obtained Pre-application enquiry advice from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on the development potential of this site and a copy is available to prospective purchasers upon request.
The Stone Barns
Adjacent to the farmhouse are two lofted stone barns (numbered 1 & 2) arranged around a central yard and extending to a combined external ground floor area of approximately 302m2 (3,250 square feet).The buildings have a wealth of original features and a number of window and door openings which could result in several beautiful dwellings (Subject to Planning).
The Former Milking Parlour
The parlour is a Fullwood herringbone type located in part of building 5. The steel frame remains with all plant and equipment not present.
Cubicles are provided for circa 90 cows between buildings 2, 5 & 6 all providing good lying areas and wide passageways.
General Purpose Buildings
Providing loose housing for cattle and general storage between buildings 3, 4, 8, 9 & 11 and they are all highly adaptable to suit a variety of purposes.
LOT 1 - THE LAND
The land extends to approximately 22.02 acres (8.91 hectares). To the south of the farm steading is parcel 1, which extends to 11.36 acres of grazing and chiefly mowable land bordering the A53 and having a pond located upon it. To the south of this parcel is parcel number 2, comprising of sloping grassed areas interspersed with areas of dense scrub/woodland extending to 8.30 acres and bordering a stream along its southern boundary which provides a source of natural water for grazing livestock.
Extending in total to approximately 38.11 acres
Grassland Suitable for Mowing and Grazing Purposes together with Woodland areas.
Guide Price: £250,000 plus
Situated immediately to the east of Lot 1 and accessed off the lay-by. Comprising of grassland suitable for grazing and mowing purposes divided into five regular shaped parcels, together with three areas of sloping woodland along the southern boundary bordering a stream that provides a source of natural water for livestock. Purchasers should be aware that Parcel number 3 only is to be sold subject to the Additional Water Catchment Conditions (as detailed in the General Information section of these particulars).
Extending in total to approximately 33.61 acres
Grassland suitable for Sheep Grazing, Environmental Schemes and Tree Planting
Guide Price: £170,000 Plus
Situated to the north of Lot 2 and comprising of three parcels of undulating grassland with frontage to the A53 and accessed off the lay-by. To be sold subject to the Additional Water Catchment Conditions (as detailed in the General Information section of these particulars) and well suited to the grazing of sheep. It is considered that there is potential for the land to be entered either into Environmental Stewardship Schemes, which would provide an annual source of additional income or alternatively purchasers may wish to take advantage of Woodland Creation Grants and plant trees on parts or the whole to establish a woodland.
Extending in total to approximately 11.85 acres
Grassland and Wooded areas suitable for Sheep Grazing, Environmental Schemes and Tree Planting
Guide Price: £60,000 plus
Situated to the west of the A53, with gated access off the main road and also pedestrian/livestock access via a subway leading from the lay-by on the eastern side of the A53 and under the road (restricted head height and width). Divided into three parcels of pasture well suited to the grazing of sheep and parcel 17 capable of being mown for hay/silage and in addition there are two small areas of woodland on the northern boundary. A stream runs along the boundary between parcels 14 and 15, providing a source of natural water for grazing sheep. To be sold subject to the Additional Water Catchment Conditions (as detailed in the General Information section of these particulars) and as per Lot 3, it is considered that there is potential for the land to be entered either into Environmental Stewardship Schemes, which would provide an annual source of additional income or alternatively purchasers may wish to take advantage of Woodland Creation Grants and plant trees on parts or the whole to establish a woodland.
Extending in total to approximately 60.94 acres
Grassland suitable for Grazing and mowing plus Wooded areas
Guide Price: £350,000 plus
Situated to the west of the A53 and accessed off the main road and also via a right of way from Lot 4, a superb block of predominately mowable, gently sloping grassland and areas of woodland along the southern boundary bordering the stream which provides a natural source of water for livestock. Running along the northern boundary there is a stoned track which provides year round access to the bulk of the land.
Mains water and electricity supplies connected.
Farmhouse – Central heating (non-functional)
Farmhouse – Private drainage to a septic tank located in the yard.
Lot 2 - Mains water Connected via Lot 1
Lot 3 – Mains Water Connected via Lot 1
Lot 4 – Natural Water Supply from the stream
Lot 5 – Mains Water Connected via Lot 1
In the event of Lot 1 selling separately to any of the other four lots, the purchaser of Lot 1 will arrange for the mains water supplies to be disconnected and the purchasers of the remaining lots will need to apply for their own independent water connections should they choose to.
Lot 1 - The Farmhouse is registered with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as Council Tax Band E.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Only those items referred to in the particulars are included in the sale.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE RATING:
Exempt (due to Listed Status)
LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY:
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
At the request of the vendors, offers are in invited for all five lots or combinations of lots on the basis of being either subject to a development clawback provision in the contract of sale or without such provision been included and space for both offers has been catered for on the attached Tender Form.
The proposed clawback provision is at 30% for a term of 60 years for the benefit of the vendor.
The proposed clawback will be triggered and payable on the granting of planning permission or series of consents for both residential and commercial uses.
TENURE AND POSSESSION
The property is held Freehold and vacant possession will be granted on completion.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
The grassland areas are eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme, however no Entitlements are included with the sale of the property.
The land is not currently entered into any Environmental Stewardship Schemes, but has been in the past.
WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS OF WAY ETC.
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights including Rights of Way whether public or private, light, drainage, water and electricity supply, and all other rights, obligations, easements, quasi easements and all wayleaves or covenants whether disclosed or not.
The vendor is to retain a right of way through both Lot 4 & Lot 5 along the route shown shaded yellow and brown on the plan at the rear of these particulars for the purposes of accessing there retained land and the purchaser of Lot 5 will have a right of way over the brown shaded area.
There are a number of public footpaths and overhead electricity lines affecting the property running through Lots 1, 2 and 3.
In the event of the farm selling in Lots, each Lot will have the following obligations to erect stockproof fences within one month of completion and as marked on the plan at the rear of these particulars shown by the blue lines:
Lot 1 – Lengths ‘A’ TO ‘B’ and also ‘C’ TO ‘D’
Lot 2 – Length ‘E’ TO ‘F’
Lot 3 – N/A
Lot 5 – Length ‘G’ TO ‘H’
Lot 5 – Length ‘I’ TO ‘J’ and also an obligation to install a field gate, which is to have a minimum width of 12ft.
WATER CATCHMENT CONDITIONS
The vendors are Severn Trent PLC and in order to protect water quality within the catchment of Tittesworth Reservoir, a number of conditions will be contained within the Contract of Sale as follows:
CONDITIONS APPLIED TO ALL FIVE LOTS:
1. The property must not be converted for use as a waste tip;
2. Any future use must not be of an industrial nature;
3. No products containing Methaldehyde (i.e. slug pellets) are be used on any areas of the land used for agriculture;
4. Any future agricultural use must be carried out in accordance with the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for Reducing Ammonia Emissions (CoGAP).
ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS TO BE APPLIED TO PART OF LOT 2, LOT 3 & LOT 4 SHOWN HATCHED RED ON THE LOT PLAN
5. No applications of slurry or farm yard manure.
6. No storage of farm yard manure.
7. Only sheep are to graze the land - No cattle, horses or Llamas are to graze the land.
8. No overwintering of Sheep and sheep are to be removed between 31st October and 1st March of each year.
9. Numbers of sheep are to be kept at a maximum stocking rate of 6 ewes plus lambs per acre.
10. Not to use any herbicide other than Glyphosate for the control of injurious weeds.
Lot 1 - Strictly by Appointment Only.
All viewings will be accompanied by a representative of Whittaker & Biggs.
Please contact our Leek Office on Tel No: 01538-372006 to arrange.
The farmhouse is currently boarded up for security purposes, so it may only be inspected externally. The agents are presently seeking the sellers consent so as to enable the internal inspection of part or all of the property. Interested parties wanting to view the property internally prior to making their offer, should make this known to the selling agents, so that suitable arrangements to facilitate this request can be made where possible.
In light of Coronavirus, when viewing enclosed buildings, social distancing is to be observed and face masks are to be worn in line with current government guidance.
Lots 2, 3, 4 & 5 – May be inspected at any reasonable time during daylight hours by prospective buyers, provided a copy of these particulars are in possession. Please ensure that gates are left as found and latched or tied correctly.
Anyone inspecting the land or buildings does so entirely at their own risk and neither the selling agents nor the vendors accept any responsibility or liability for any injuries or consequential loss howsoever caused.
METHOD OF SALE
The property is offered for sale by Informal Tender. The closing date for offers to be received by is 12pm on Friday 2ND October 2020. A Tender Form is attached to these particulars and only offers submitted using the Tender Form will be considered. All Tender Forms should be addressed to Mr. P. Kirton-Darling, Whittaker & Biggs, 45-49 Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6HU and marked ‘Tittesworth Farm– PKD’. The vendor reserves the right to not accept the highest, or any offer.
DEPOSITS AND COMPLETION
The successful purchaser will be required to pay a deposit of 10% of the sale price upon exchange of contracts. It is expected that exchange will take place within 6-8 weeks of an offer being accepted and that completion will take place as soon as possible thereafter.
The sale plans have been prepared by the Agents for the convenience of the prospective purchasers and are for identification purposes only and they are not to scale. They are deemed to be correct, but any error, omission or mis-statement shall not affect the sale. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to their accuracy.
MONEY LAUDERING REGULATIONS
Prospective Purchasers will be required to provide photographic identification and a utility bill proving residency to enable us to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations prior to the acceptance of any offer made for the property.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT
Peter Kirton-Darling MRICS FAAV
Simon Lewis BSc Hons (Assistant)
Whittaker and Biggs
45-49 Derby Street
Tel: 01538 372006