Conversion opportunity near Colchester.

Lodge Farm Buildings, Boundary Road, Colchester, CO7 9HU

LOCATION The site is located on the outskirts of the town of Colchester and an approximately 2 mile drive to Wivenhoe town centre. Wivenhoe is an attractive town which benefits from several nearby public houses, two primary schools, as well as Wivenhoe Nature Park which sits north of the site.

The town benefits from its proximity to the town of Colchester, which provides extensive education, retail, leisure and employment opportunities as well as mainline railway services to London Liverpool Street with journey times of approximately 1 hour.

The town also benefits from excellent road links onto the A120 providing direct access onto the A12 and A131 and onto the M11. Chelmsford is 46 minutes away by car; Stansted 1 hr; Ipswich 38 mins; Witham 35 mins; and London 2 hrs via the A12.

DESCRIPTION The site is regular in shape extending to about 1.34 acres (c 0.54 ha) comprising Grade II Listed barns of about 15,425 sqft in size with the remainder of the site laid down to mature grassland.

The site is situated directly opposite the University of Essex campus and is surrounded by arable and grass fields on all sides save for the northern boundary which is defined by Boundary Road, from which access is taken.

PLANNING The site is situated within the Colchester Borough Council Local Authority area. We understand that a Preliminary Enquiry application was made in December 2020 for the conversion of the listed buildings to student accommodation and development of a new student accommodation building.

The Planning Officer concluded that it would be unlikely for the development to be supported given the detrimental impacts of the development and proposed use in respect to heritage; however, there would be support for a proposal that would ensure the retention, repair and future viability of the listed barns.

A second Preliminary Enquiry application was made in June 2022 for the conversion of the listed barn to 20 residential flats and the development of a new build enabling residential scheme. The Planning Officer again raised concerns over the scheme’s detrimental impacts on the rural setting and heritage but supported the removal of the existing grain store.

Colchester Borough Council will take the restoration of the historic building into consideration; a sympathetic/ well-desiged scheme would likely be viewed positively.

SERVICES Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries with the relevant service providers.

TENURE The site is to be sold on a 120 year leasehold with vacant possession.

BUYERS OBLIGATIONS Note that the buyer will be required to carry out extensive refurbishment works to preserve the building within 18 months of completion.

A schedule of works and cost estimation is availableon request.

VAT Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale or any part of the right attached to it becomes chargeable for the purposes of VAT as such, the tax shall be payable by the purchaser.

EASEMENTS, WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAY The land is offered subject to, and with the benefit of all existing rights of way, wayleaves and easements, whether or not specifically referred to in these particulars.

FURTHER INFORMATION All relevant sales particulars, planning information and a full suite of technical reports is available on request.

METHOD OF SALE Strutt & Parker have instructions to place the property on the market with a view to selling it at the best consideration which can be achieve as a result of the marketing campaign.

The vendors do not undertake to accept the highest or indeed any offer. Offers are sought on an “unconditional” or “subject to planning” basis, for proposals to retain or enhance the heritage asset.

Informal tenders should be sent to and received by no later than 12 noon on Friday 30th June 2023. Bidding guidance can be found within the Data Room.

VIEWINGS Viewings should be arranged by prior appointment with the Selling Agents. Potential purchasers should note that Strutt & Parker take no responsibility for any injury or accident at the property. Viewers and visitors of this property do so at their own risk.

Strutt & Parker gives notice that: 1. These particulars do not constitute an offer or contract or part thereof. 2. All descriptions, photographs and plans are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. All measurements are approximate and not necessarily to scale. Any prospective purchaser must satisfy themselves of the correctness of the information within the particulars by inspection or otherwise. 3. Strutt & Parker does not have any authority to give any representations or warranties whatsoever in relation to this property (including but not limited to planning/building regulations), nor can it enter into any contract on behalf of the Vendor. 4. Strutt & Parker does not accept responsibility for any expenses incurred by prospective purchasers in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn. 5. If there is anything of particular importance to you, please contact this office and Strutt & Parker will try to have the information checked for you. Photographs taken using Google Maps. Particulars prepared December 2022 Strutt & Parker is a trading style of BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK Limited.

This property has 1.34 acres of land.

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Boundary Road, Colchester Road, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7

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Ref: CMR230001

Boundary Road, Colchester Road, Wivenhoe Colchester CO7

Price On Application