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Smelthouses, Harrogate

Withdrawn from Market £400,000

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Tenure: Freehold

The land is located within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits on the south side of the famous Brimham Rocks. The land is approximately 8 miles from Harrogate, 3 miles from Pateley Bridge and 1 mile north of Summerbridge. The land lies between 150 and 250m above sea level.

The land offers a rare opportunity to acquire a ring fenced block of productive grassland with access off both Brimham Rocks Road and also via a private lane running from Smelthouses. The land lies in a sheltered setting and is ideally suited as a block of meadow land and summer grazing having the benefit of multiple reliable stream fed water supplies.

The land to the east of High Wood and also the block south of the track has regularly been cut for silage and produces reliable crops. The land has been farmed as part of a wider livestock farm and has received regular applications of both farm yard manure and slurry and is in good heart.

The land also benefits from 4 sheep gaits on Brimham Moor giving the right to graze 48 sheep on the moor.

The land is also entered into a HLS agreement which produces a valuable income stream.

There is potential to site an agricultural building on the land or even to create a new farmstead (subject to obtaining the necessary consents).

The eligible farmland has been registered on the RLR maps and the following BPS entitlements relating to the eligible areas are included in the sale.

18.80Ha of Normal Non SDS BPS Entitlements
1.86Ha of Normal SDA BPS Entitlements
15.83Ha of Normal SDA Moorland BPS Entitlements.

The purchaser will be required to pay the sum of £250 plus vat per transfer to Lister Haigh who will undertake all Entitlement transfers on behalf of the vendor.

The land is part of a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme combined with an Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme which runs until 30th November 2022.

The agreement pays in the order of £2,100 per annum and includes options covering maintenance and restoration of woodland, maintenance of successional
scrub, woodland livestock exclusion and maintenance of stone walls.

The vendor will endeavour to transfer the benefit of this scheme to the purchaser upon completion who will be obliged to continue with the scheme.

The purchaser will be required to pay the sum of £250 plus vat per transfer to Lister Haigh who will undertake all Stewardship transfers on behalf of the vendor.


The following is a schedule of field areas based on the RPA Rural Land Register maps.
RLR Field No RLR Area (Ha) RLR Area (Ac)
1440 1.85 4.57
1629 1.55 3.83
1719 0.77 1.90
2416 0.17 0.42
3008pt 6.94 17.15
3418 0.42 1.04
5607 0.72 1.78
5817 0.69 1.70
6022 0.03 0.07
6093 0.19 0.47
6299 1.19 2.94
6613 0.81 2.00
6689 0.13 0.32
7103 0.85 2.10
7140pt 0.70 1.73
7195 0.74 1.83
7223 0.23 0.57
7827 2.92 7.22
8337 2.02 4.99
8432 0.33 0.82
8717 0.08 0.20
9937 3.12 7.71
0216 3.93 9.71
Total 30.38 75.07

We understand the property has the benefit of a number of reliable stream water supplies. Mains water is understood to be available in the locality and potential purchasers should make their own enquiries to Yorkshire Water.

From Harrogate proceed north on the A61 towards Ripley, at the second roundabout take the B6165 towards Pateley Bridge. Continue for approximately 6 ½ miles and upon entering the village of Summerbridge, turn right immediately after the pub. Continue up the hill and at the cross roads proceed straight on, the land in on the left hand side identified by a Lister Haigh For Sale board. The land also has access off a private road running from the village of Smelthouses which is also marked by a For Sale Board.

The tenure of the property is understood to be freehold. Vacant possession will be available upon completion.

The sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale so far as they are owned or exist. The sporting rights are currently let on a seasonal licence arrangement to a local syndicate who will continue in occupation for the 2016/17 season.

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all restrictive covenants, both public and private, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

The property is sold subject to all Rights of Way, public and private, which may affect the property.

The land benefits from a right of way Brimham Rocks Road along the track (marked A-B) and also along the private road from Smelthouses (marked C-D-E).

A public footpath and bridle path cross the land as shown on the plans in these particulars.

Harrogate Borough Council, Crescent Gardens, Council Offices, Harrogate, HG1 2SG.
Tel: 01423 500600

The property may be viewed at any reasonable time while in possession of these particulars.

The plans attached to these particulars are a copy of the Ordnance Survey Promap Plan. The areas given may vary from the Rural Land Registry plans and previous Ordnance Survey Sheets, field data sheets and deed plans. All plans in these particulars are for identification purposes only and areas are approximate and subject to the verification in the title documents

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