Lot 6: 7.14 acres of Pasture Land off Church End, Catworth (Orange on Plan) BEST OFFERS DEADLINE - 12 NOON 31st MAY 2022
In all, approximately 7.14 acres (2.89 hectares) of undulating pasture.
Lot 6 lies to the south of Church End (Catworth) in a secluded position and is accessed from the public highway.
The agricultural land is currently sown with grass. In recent years, it has been mown for forage. The land has mature hedgerows and trees making up majority of the boundaries. Due to size and location of Lot 6, it offers prospects for equestrian or amenity uses, subject to planning permission, in addition to its existing agricultural use.
The land is classified as Grade 3 according to the Agricultural Land Classification of England and Wales and the soil is of the Evesham 3 Soil Association according to the Soil Survey of England and Wales, which is characterised by permeable calcareous clayey soils.
Lot 6 benefits from mains water and a self-filling drinking trough.
HOME FARM is located within the rural village of Catworth close to the Cambridgeshire/Northamptonshire border. Catworth village benefits from a number of facilities including: a village hall, a recreational ground, the Church of St Leonard, Garage/Service Station and Homefields Plant Centre. The town of Huntingdon is situated 11 miles to the east and offers a range of services, including supermarkets, a hospital and professional businesses. Peterborough is situated 17 miles north-east of Catworth, where there are also a number of more extensive services available. The historic University City of Cambridge is situated approximately 25 miles to the south-east of Home Farm and offers an extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities.
Home Farm benefits from excellent road links, being just 1.5 miles south of junction 16 of the A14, leading to the A1(M) and the M1/M6. There are direct rail services available from Huntingdon and Peterborough to London Kings Cross/St Pancras International.
Primary education is available in the nearby village of Brington, at the Church of England Primary School, and there is secondary schooling in Huntingdon. Private education is available at Kimbolton School (3.5 miles) and Oundle School (9.5 miles).
Home Farm is within close proximity to a number of leisure and sports facilities including Keysoe International Equestrian
Centre (9 miles), Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre (10 miles), Brampton Park Golf Course (8 miles) and Grafham Water (5 miles).
HOME FARM, Catworth is a pasture farm with residential development and environmental opportunities, extending to approximately 144.89 acres (58.63 hectares) in total. Planning Permission has been granted for the conversion of traditional agricultural buildings at Home Farm to two residential dwellings. Outline Planning has been granted for the erection of a single storey dwelling at The Camp. Both sets of buildings sit within large plots on the edge of the village.
The pasture land extends to a total of 143.34 acres (58.00 hectares) and comprises a mixture of historic ridge and furrow and grass leys, some of which has been ploughed in the past 14-years. In recent years, the pasture land has been grazed with livestock or mown for forage. Some of the pasture may also be suitable for the provision of ecosystem services, such as Biodiversity Net Gain, Carbon Sequestration, Rewilding or Tree Planting.
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in up to 6 Lots. The Seller will consider sales of land not strictly in accordance with the Lotting.
Tenure and Possession
The property is offered freehold. There is a short-term Farm Business Tenancy in respect of the land only, which terminates on 30th June 2022, and vacant possession will be available after this date.
Basic Payment Scheme
The farmland is registered on the Land Parcel Identification System for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The Farm Business Tenant will retain the BPS for the 2022 scheme year and earlier years and the Purchaser will be obligated to comply with the scheme requirements for the remainder of the scheme year. The BPS Entitlements are included in the sale.
The property is currently not subject to any Environmental Stewardship agreements
Sporting, Timber and Mineral Rights
All sporting, timber and mineral rights are included in the freehold sale, insofar as they are owned.
Drainage Rates in respect of the farmland are payable to the Environment Agency. The 2022/23 rates are 214.60 pence per hectare.
Home Farm, Catworth is within both a County and District Council. These being Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.
Easements, Wayleaves, Covenants and Rights of Way
We understand that the property is crossed by a number of public footpaths. There are a number of underground pipes and tanks servicing the Anglian Water sewage treatment plant adjoining, Lot(s) 3 and 4 . Anglian Water have a right of access across part of the land included within Lot 4. In addition, there are two pylons, overhead wires, and a number of overhead electricity and telephone wires on timber poles, which we understand are all held under annual wayleave agreements. Further information is available from the Selling Agent.
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether public or private, light, sport, drainage, water, electricity supplies and any other rights, obligations, easements and quasi easements, whether specifically mentioned or not.
Should the sale of the property or rights attached to the sale become a chargeable supply for the purpose of VAT, such tax will be paid by the Purchaser in addition to the purchase price.
The Purchaser will be deemed to have inspected the property and satisfied himself as to the ownership of any boundary, hedge, tree or ditch.
In respect of the sale of Lots 2, 4, 5 and 6, the Beneficiaries will retain 30% of any uplift in value if planning permission is obtained for a change of use from agricultural, horticultural or equestrian purposes during the first 30 years after completion of the sale. The overage payment will be triggered upon the disposal of land with the benefit of planning permission or implementation of a planning permission.
Prospective Purchaser(s) may wish to offer in the alternative, both with and without the overage provision.
Plans, Areas and Schedules
Plans included or attached to these particulars are based upon the Ordnance Survey Maps copyright reserved. All
plans are not to scale.
An Information Pack containing further details is available from the Selling Agent.
All viewings are strictly by appointment only through the Selling Agent, Bletsoes.
Health and Safety
Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection, for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and livestock. It is asked that you observe any specific signage around the farmyard.
Measurements and Other Information
All measurements are approximate. While we endeavour to make our Sales Particulars accurate and reliable, if
there is a point which is of particular importance please do contact Bletsoes who will be pleased to check the information for you, particularly if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property. Particulars prepared and photographs taken April 2022.
Important Notice - Henry H. Bletsoe and Son LLP for themselves and the Seller whose agents they are give Notice that: 1. These particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of
intending Purchasers and do not constitute part of an offer or Contract. Prospective Purchaser ought to seek their own professional advice. 2. All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and if necessary permissions
for use and occupation and details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct. Any intending Purchaser should not rely on them as a statement or representation of fact but must satisfy themselves when inspecting
or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them. 3. No person in the employment of Henry H. Bletsoe and Son LLP has any authority either to make or give any representation or warranty whether in relation to this property or
these Particulars nor to enter in any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Seller. 4. No responsibility is accepted for any expenses incurred by the intending Purchaser inspecting properties that have been sold, let
or withdrawn. 5. The property is open to inspection. The Purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the state and condition thereof including the ownership of any tree, boundary or part of the property. 6. Should any
dispute arise between the Seller and Purchaser upon any point not involving a question of Law arising out of these Particulars, stipulations or plans as to interpretation, the dispute shall be referred to the Agents, Henry H. Bletsoe
and Son LLP whose decision shall be final and binding on all parties to their dispute and in every such referral the Agents to decide how the costs of such reference shall be borne
Declaration of Personal Interest - Section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 requires an Estate Agent to disclose a personal interest. The Property is currently vested with the Executor of the late Mrs K M Pashler for the benefit of the ultimate beneficiaries. Christopher Bletsoe, FAAV is the sole Executor and a Partner and Member of Bletsoes.