Thakeham West Sussex RH20 Former Mushroom Farm, Abingworth
- Price On Application
The property was previously operated by Monaghan Mushrooms, until its closure in May 2022 since which time the property has been vacant.
There is a total of approximately 315,771 sq ft of production buildings, together with 45,316 sq ft of pack house, storage, workshops and offices; 25,026 sq ft of ancillary buildings, and 3,595 sq ft of buildings in need of improvement or demolition. Situated principally to the west of the buildings is 3.85 hectares (9.25 acres) of accommodation land, which includes tracks, yards, piles of hardcore and areas of concrete.
There is a further 16.8 hectares (41.59 acres) of ancillary land which lies adjacent to the horticultural operations on site.
In all, the property extends to a total area of approximately 30.14 ha (74.47 acres) with a total building footprint of 389,708 sq ft.
There is currently no electricity supply to site due to vandalism and would need some work to be turned back on.
The majority of the site consists of previously developed land, which was last in lawful horticultural (agricultural) use as a mushroom farm. The site includes various buildings, structures and hardstandings which were all required as part of the operation of the last use. The site benefits from planning permission for replacement and additional facilities for mushroom farming, some of which have been implemented (under planning permission LPA Ref: DC/12/0841approved in 2013). The Development Plan relevant to the site includes Horsham District Council Planning Framework 2015 and Thakeham Parish Neighbourhood Plan to 2031. The site is suitable for agricultural and horticultural uses and subject to planning permission presents re-purposing and/or redevelopment opportunities, which are appropriate and sensitive to the location.
Policy 9 of the Horsham District Councils Planning Framework 2015 seeks to protect existing sites with employment uses, and so subject to planning, the site would in principle be suitable for other employment uses. The policy states that other uses can also be considered where it can be demonstrated that existing employment sites/premises are no longer viable or needed.
The Neighbourhood Plan promotes an agricultural or horticultural use on the site, but the policy says if this is not possible it supports recreational, solar array or a light industrial/commercial use and/or tourism use within the existing developed area of the site only. The above should not be taken as a complete planning review of the site and separate independent planning investigations should be made by interested parties.
EASEMENTS, WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAY
There is a footpath that crosses the land, THA/2472/2.
Further information and a tender form will be available in a Data Room, details of which are available from the agents Strutt & Parker
Details of the tender process will be available in the Data Room together with a template of the tender form itself.
Please note that tenders will be assessed by our Client taking into account the financial consideration offered, proposed use, potential planning risks and the strength of the business plan. Our Client shall not be obliged to accept any specific offer.
In the event that interested parties wish to discuss any matters not covered in these particulars, or the data room, please contact the agents at Strutt & Parker
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Given the potential hazards of a working estate we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and machinery.
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