Land for sale

Low Cocklaw,Berwick-Upon-Tweed,TD15

Offers in Region of £100,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Characterful Steading
  • Development opportunity
  • Full planning permission for 2 properties
  • A three bedroom house
  • A two bedroom house
  • Separate parking
  • Separate gardens

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Whitedamhead Steading is located in a secluded rural location approximately two miles west of the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed. The town stands midway between Edinburgh and Newcastle on the A1(T) and has a main line railway station which provides regular rail services to Edinburgh and Newcastle (45 minutes) and London (3 hours).

Berwick is the principal market town of North Northumberland and the Eastern Borders and offers a comprehensive range of services and utilities including banks, schools, supermarkets and a leisure centre and theatre.

More generally, the area has a rich and colourful history and provides a wealth of sporting and recreational opportunities and a first class quality of life. There are a number of excellent links and inland golf courses together with several riding schools and excellent hacking and walking throughout the area. The east coast provides dramatic scenery, magnificent beaches, sailing, sea fishing and first class diving.

Turn west off the Berwick Bypass at the sign to Low Cocklaw. Whitedamhead is approximately one mile.

The sale of Whitedamhead Steading provides the purchaser with an interesting opportunity to create two attractive dwellings within a readily accessible and beautiful part of rural North Northumberland.

The steading formed part of Whitedamhead Farm which was farmed for one hundred years by the Middlemiss family until the retirement of Mr Robert Middlemiss in 2012. Mr Middlemiss now lives in Whitedamhead Cottage which is attached to the east side of the steading complex and which was fully refurbished and extended by the owners, the Berwick upon Tweed Corporation (Freemen) Trustees, in 2012-2013. The cottage is specifically excluded from the sale, as is Whitedamhead Farmhouse which is located on the opposite side of the public road to the steading and which was sold by the Trustees in 2014.

The farm steading abuts a minor, unclassified public road and the farm buildings are built principally out of an attractive random sandstone under welsh slate and pantiled roofs. The approved conversions include:

Unit 1: A single storeyed T shaped dwelling including: entrance porch with cloaks off, dining hall, kitchen/living room, utility room, small studio/office, three bedrooms (one en-suite), separate bathroom. Gross internal area:185m2 approx.

Unit 2: A one and a half storeyed dwelling providing: entrance hall with cloaks off, kitchen/dining room with small study off, living room, three bedrooms, bathroom. Gross internal area 97m2 approx.

Both properties have designated garden ground and car parking for two vehicles as well as a communal courtyard area.

Electricity: mains electricity available on site.

Water: metered mains water available on site. Separate connections are provided to the farmhouse and cottage.

Drainage: The existing septic tank serving the farm cottage is situated to the north of the Cottage in the garden area allocated to Unit 1. The Purchaser of the steading will need to install a new sewage treatment plant in the field to the east with the outfall discharging ultimately into the Whitedamhead burn. This treatment plant can either be specific to the development or, alternatively, can incorporate the Cottage sewage in which case the existing septic tank will be made obsolete and future maintenance will be apportioned accordingly (one third to each dwelling).

There is no existing surface water drainage system serving the steading, but surface water from Whitedamhead Cottage runs to a manhole in the field to the east of the Cottage and it is probable that this system will be suitable for the steading development subject to shared maintenance of the system.

Planning permission for the conversion of the farm buildings into two dwellings and to renovate and extend the farm cottage was granted in 2011 under reference 10/B0449. The planning consent is subject to a number of conditions. A copy of the consent together with copies of the undernoted documents can be viewed at the Berwick Office of the selling agents:
Approved plans.
Bat and Bird Survey Report.
Design and Access Statement.
Site Waste Management Plan.
2010 Structural Appraisal.

The subsequent refurbishment and extension works to Whitedamhead Cottage has resulted in the consent being crystallised.

Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale with vacant possession by private treaty and with entry by arrangement between the parties.

A closing date for offers may be fixed and all interested parties are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents.

The Seller reserves the right to sell privately and is not bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.

Strictly by appointment with the Selling Agents. The steading buildings are thought to be in reasonable condition, but parts of the stonework are unstable and could be unsafe. Prospective purchasers view at their own risk and are required to exercise proper care.

Rights, Easements & Outgoings
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private, and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, servitude rights, restrictions and burdens of whatever kind, whether referred to in these particulars or not.
Interested parties should note that the Vendor will grant the Purchaser all requisite easements to enable the full use and enjoyment of the property. There will be a number of shared and cross easements and the details of these will be agreed between the parties at the point of sale.


Local Authority
1. Berwick upon Tweed Town Council, 5 the Chandler, Quayside, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1HE. Tel: (01289) 302391
2. Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2ET. Tel: (01670) 514343
3. Scottish power, Cathcart Business Park, Spein Street, Glasgow, G44 8BE. Tel: (0845) 270 0700.
4. Northumbrian Water, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5FJ. Tel: (0845) 604 7468.

Conditions of Sale
1. The Purchaser will be responsible for complying with all the conditions of the planning consent and for meeting all the costs of the development.
2. The property will be used for residential use only and for the construction of a maximum of two dwellings.
3. The development must be completed within thirty months of the completion of sale.
4. Within three months of the completion the purchaser will be responsible for erecting a new stock proof fence along the boundary line A-B-C-D-E-F and for maintaining/renewing the same thereafter in perpetuity. The Vendor will remove the sheep handling pens within the sale area.

Guide to Interested Parties
Whilst we use our best endeavours to make our sale details accurate and reliable, please contact us if there is any point which you wish to clarify. We will be pleased to check this information for you, particularly if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property. These particulars were prepared in November 2014.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
23 February 2015

Nearest station

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed (2.7 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Edwin Thompson, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

44-48 Hide Hill, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1AB

03301 011566 Local call rate

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To view this property or request more details, contact:

Edwin Thompson, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

44-48 Hide Hill, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1AB

03301 011566 Local call rate

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