Farmyard & Buildings - Development Opportunity

Melksham - Woolmore Farm, Bowerhill

Price: Price On Application

The property is located on the eastern edge of Melksham in Wiltshire which has a population of circa 28,000. The town enjoys a range of retail, employment and leisure facilities. There are good road links to the M4 and the A350. The towns of Devizes, Trowbridge, Westbury, Chippenham, Swindon and the City of Bath are all within easy travelling distance. There is rail access to Westbury and Swindon.

The property is within walking distance of the town with immediate access to primary and secondary schools.

This is an area of farmyard of approximately 2.47 acres (1 hectare) with a range of modern and traditional farm buildings. The whole lies within the immediate setting of Woolmore Manor, a Grade II* listed building and shares a common boundary.

The agricultural buildings of approximately 1,900 sq m GEA consist of;

Traditional stone cattle shed with clay-tiled roof
Modern concrete block bull pens
Modern (1965) open-fronted lean-to
Modern (post war) Dutch barn
Modern large steel-framed barn
Modern small steel-framed barn
Modern open-fronted lean-to
Modern concrete block pens
Modern silo
Modern concrete block dairy
Modern concrete block structures

We are advised that mains water, drainage and electricity services are available either on site, or in the adjoining road. Whilst interested parties must rely on their own enquiries with the utility providers indicative utility plans are available.

Offers are invited for the freehold interest of the property. Whilst it is the vendors preference to receive unconditional offers, conditional offers will be considered taking in to account the viability of associated planning proposals.

The existing use is agricultural. We are of the opinion that the site may have commercial and/or residential development potential. However interested parties must make and rely on their own enquiries with the local Planning Authority. Pre-application advice has been sought in respect of a proposed residential scheme for seventeen residential units and a copy of the Planning Officers response is available upon request.
In any application consideration must be given to the setting of Woolmore Manor, and the retention of the stone cattle shed bordering Bath Road. Wiltshire Council has commissioned a Heritage Assessment which is available on request to assist potential purchasers.

Also available are a topographical survey, an asbestos report, a plan of the footpath route and a block plan of the buildings.

Footpath/Cycle Path
A public footpath runs through the site north to south where it exits at the existing vehicular access on to Bath Road. There will be a requirement to make provision through the site for pedestrians and cyclists. This could follow the route of the existing footpath. There will also be a requirement to reserve a vehicular agricultural right of way for the benefit of the farmland to the north of the site.

Section 106 Obligation
The whole of the site is subject to the provisions of a Section 106 agreement entered in to by the vendors to enable the development of the neighbouring secondary school. This requires the owner of the property to ensure that the existing farm buildings are maintained in no worse condition until alternative proposals for the farmyard are successfully made to the Planning Authority. Such proposals must give special regard to the preservation and possible enhancement of the setting of Woolmore Manor.

EPC Rating (This is how energy efficient the property is)
We have been advised that an EPC is not required for this property.

Further Information
For further information regarding the property or planning history please contact the Commercial Team at Kavanaghs.

The whole of the property may only be inspected by prior appointment with the selling agents - Kavanaghs. Please see property particulars for contact details.

The footpath will afford a limited visual inspection.

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