Harwich Road, Colchester


Compact residential farm with established farmhouse requiring modernisation, range of farm buildings with potential for conversion (subject to planning) and 54.69 acres of arable farmland. The farm totals 57.24 acres. Available as a whole or in lots. Tendring District Council – Council Tax Band F – £2,719.63.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION A compact agricultural holding comprising of a traditional farmhouse in need of full restoration, a range of farm buildings suitable for alternative uses (subject to planning permission) and a productive block of arable land, extending in all to 57.25 acres (23.16 hectares) or thereabouts. Available as a whole or in lots by Private Treaty.

LOCATION & SITUATION Red House Farm is conveniently located North of the village of Little Bentley, directly adjacent to the A120 equidistance between Colchester and Harwich. The nearest postcode for the property is CO7 8ST.

LOT 1 - RED HOUSE FARMHOUSE Guide - £375,000 - An established three bedroom detached farmhouse requiring extensive modernisation. The full accommodation comprises:
Entrance Hall
Sitting Room 21' 2" narrowing to 16' 5" x 18' 6"
Dining Room 16' 2" x 11" 4'
Kitchen 16' 6" x 8' 8"
Pantry 9' 0" x 4' 10"
Utility 15' 4" x 6' 0"
Rear Lobby 19' 10" x 4' 0"
Bedroom 1 16' 6" x 8' 10"
Bedroom 2 13' 0" x 13' 0"
Bedroom 3 12' 8" x 11' 0" max.
En-suite/Box Room 9' 4" x 8' 8"
Family Bathroom 8' 6" x 6' 6"

Outside there is a dilapidated car port with gardens surrounding the property and ample off-street parking.

EPC Rating - E

Council Tax Rating - F - £2,719.63 (2022/23)

LOT 2 - RED HOUSE FARM BUILDINGS Guide - £270,000 - The buildings at Red House Farm are set within an area approximately 1.24 acres. The majority of buildings are steel portal framed and are suitable for a range of uses (STPP).
Briefly they comprise:

1. Dutch Barn - 83ft x 60ft approx. extending to 90ft in part. Steel frame construction under rounded roof. Part lean-to. Corrugated metal clad. Concrete floor.

2. General Store - 14ft x 35ft approx. Mixed construction; corrugated tin cladding above concrete block retaining walls. Some structural timbers. Single slope corrugated tin roof. Concrete floor. later repairs, alterations and additions. Concrete floor. Corrugated sheet tin roof.

3. Timber Framed Barn - 45ft x 17ft approx. Timber stud work over a plinth of mixed brick and concrete construction. Some period timbers form part of the structure with much

4. Steel Framed Barn - 60 ft x 30ft approx. Single span steel portal frame construction. Corrugated sheet asbestos roof. Some Yorkshire boarding. Concrete floor.

The buildings are identified on the plan for identification purposes.

LOT 3 - 50.95 ACRES OF ARABLE LAND Guide - £490,000

LOT 4 - 4.75 ACRES OF ARABLE LAND Guide - £65,000 - The land is predominantly classified as Grade 3, with some Grade 2, on DEFRA's Land Classification Maps. According to the Soil Survey of England and Wales the land belongs to the Windsor series.The farmland, in recent years, has been farmed under a recurring 1-year Farm Business Tenancy.

Lot 3 consists of 2 parcels of land and is located north of the A120.

Lot 4 consists of a single parcel of land and is located south of the A120.

TENURE & COUNCIL TAX The property is available freehold, with the local authority, Tendring District Council. Council Tax band - F - £2,719.63

ACCESS Access to Red House Farm is directly off the A120. A shared driveway provides access to the farmhouse and farm buildings.

A second shared driveway provides access to the farm buildings and the land (Lot 3). A right of access to a minimum width of 6 metres will be reserved for the benefit of the Purchaser of Lot 3 for all purposes at all times over the track shown cross hatched brown on the plan (over Lot 2).

Further access to Lot 3 is available off Bentley Road.

Lot 4 is accessed via the old Harwich Road, now a cut off layby

GUIDE PRICE Whole - (All four lots) - Guide - £1,200,000

Lot 1 - Farmhouse and gardens shaded pink on the plan for identification purposes. Guide - £375,000

Lot 2 - Buildings set within approximately 1.24 acres of land shaded green on the plan. Guide - £270,000

Lot 3 - Approximately 50.95 acres of arable land shaded blue on the plan. Guide - £490,000

Lot 4 - Approximately 4.75 acres of arable land shaded yellow on the plan. Guide - £65,000

LAND REGISTRY The property is registered under a single title EX712576.

TENURE & POSSESSION All lots are offered for sale freehold. Lot 1 is sold with the benefit of vacant possession. Lots 2, 3 and 4 are
subject to a Farm Business Tenancy expiring 29th September 2022.

SPORTING, MINERAL & TIMBER To be included in the sale, so far as they are owned.

LAND DRAINAGE There is understood to be some historic land drainage in parts however no plans are held by the vendor.

CROPPING We are informed that the land has been farmed under a varied crop rotation including winter wheat, potatoes, sugar beet, winter oil seed rape and spring barley.

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME The land is registered under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and the vendor reserves the 2022 claim on behalf of the existing farming tenant. The vendor will make reasonable endeavours to transfer 23.09 Non-SDA entitlements to the purchaser(s), pro rata, after completion of the sale as the transfer rules allow.

SERVICES We are informed Lot 1 benefits from mains electricity (single phase), mains water, and a private drainage supply.

We are informed Lot 2 benefits from a mains water supply.

EASEMENTS & RIGHTS OF WAY The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights, including rights of way, whether public
or private, light, support, drainage, water, gas and electricity supplies and other rights, easements, quasieasements, and all wayleaves whether referred to or not in these particulars.

The septic tank serving the farmhouse is located within Lot 2. If sold separately , the purchaser of Lot 1 will
reserve rights to utilise and repair the existing drainage system.

The land could be affected by the proposed Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Project. The project is
currently at early consultation stages. The property is subject to a non-intrusive survey access licence with
Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Ltd which terminates on 19th April 2023.

Prospective purchasers should make their own enquires in respect of the proposed scheme.

WAYLEAVES The land is sold subject to all existing wayleaves and purchasers will be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the routes thereof, if applicable.

LOCAL AUTHORITY Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE

PLANNING Tendring District Council, Thorpe Road, Weeley, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO16 9AJ.

BOUNDARIES, PLANS, AREAS, SCHEDULE AND DISPUTES The plans attached to these particulars are based on Ordnance Survey and are for identification purposes
only. The purchaser will be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and any error or mistake shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.

Part of the western boundary of Lot 3 is currently unmarked. This boundary will be remarked before sale completion.

METHOD OF SALE The land is offered for sale by Private Treaty in 4 lots or as a whole.

Prospective purchasers should register their interest with the selling agents to whom offers should be submitted. Please contact Charlie Coe or Hugh Wasteney at Stanfords on 01206 842156.

VIEWINGS Strictly by appointment only with the selling agents.

Please note the property is part of a working farm and all inspections are to be carried out with full diligence taking into consideration the working methods and type of machinery used.

OVERAGE The vendors will reserve 25% of any uplift in the value above the sale value of Lot 2 indexed for a period of 25 years from the date of sale completion where such increase is due to the grant of planning permission or
permitted development rights being obtained. Such overage will be triggered by grant of planning permission
or permitted development rights payable on sale or implementation whenever that may happen.

VAT Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property or any part
thereof, or any right attached to it becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition.

AML COMPLIANCE In order to comply with current Anti-Money Laundering legislation, once an offer has been accepted (subject to
contract), the prospective purchaser(s) will need to provide, as a minimum, proof of identity and residence
together with proof of source of funds for the purchase, before the transaction can proceed.