A rare opportunity to acquire a rural building plot within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with planning permission for a Sussex-style farmhouse.
The building plots at Chartners Farm are located in an idyllic, yet not remote, position on the rural outskirts of the popular village of Hartfield, within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its undulating countryside, swathes of woodland and farmland.
Lots 1 and 2 comprise adjoining plots with planning permission in place for residential development emulating the style of a traditional Sussex farmstead. The plots are nestled at the end of a long private driveway with automatic gates at the top entrance from Butcherfield Lane, a small country lane off the B2026 Edenbridge Road.
The driveway currently gives access to Chartners Farmhouse and will ultimately serve a total of four properties, including a potential Lot 3 comprising the current stable yard which will come to the market at a future date, subject to planning consent being granted.
Currently the site of a pair of semi-detached cottages, which will be demolished under the planning consent granted, the plot is tucked-away at the end of a private track to the south east of the proposed development and amounts to about an acre, including woodland.
Plans have been approved for a detached four bedroom barn-style family home, designed by John Bullock, with a modern open plan kitchen/dining/family room with bi-fold doors opening to the garden, sitting room, study and a utility room.
The barn has been sympathetically designed to aesthetically sit well within the local landscape, with traditional weatherboard elevations and bespoke timber joinery.
Alternatively, it is considered that there is potentially an opportunity to convert the two cottages into one house and extend to the rear, subject to further planning consent being granted.
A substantial disused agricultural barn currently occupies the site which extends to about an acre and is set within mature woodland, with far reaching southerly views over adjoining farmland from the western boundary.
Planning permission is in place to demolish the barn and replace
it with a spacious detached Sussex-style weatherboarded farmhouse, designed by John Bullock, and comprising five bedrooms, a contemporary open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with bi-fold doors on three sides opening to the garden, 2 reception rooms and a study.
An access drive will need to be created to the site of the new farmhouse, requiring cutting into the slope up through woodland to the top corner.
A public bridleway runs from west to east, past the north boundary of Lot 2 as shown on the boundary plan.
We are advised by Wealden District Council that no CIL, SANGS or SAMMS contributions will be due on the plots.
Please refer to Wealden District Council (01892) 653311 http://www.planning.wealden.gov.uk/ Planning Reference WD/2017/1377/F for full details on the conditions of the permission granted in respect of trees and clearance of the sites.
The Cottages: mains electricity (on separate meters), shared private drainage. Number 2, oil-fired central heating, Number 1, TBC.
WATER: A new water supply will be necessary to serve the 2 new properties, the stable yard (if planning is granted in the future) and the farmhouse. Costs are estimated at £14,850.00, plus VAT, to be divided 2 ways between the 2 new plot owners.
There are currently no services in place to the barn.
The electricity supply may need to be upgraded.
Our client has disclosed that his son-in-law is employed by Savills, in the Hong Kong office.
An excellent opportunity to build in a delightful country setting within a small farmstead community, with a long driveway approach.Robert Jacobs