Land for sale

Burton-On-Trent, Staffordshire

Guide Price £4,470,000
283.1 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 283.1 acres (114.6 hectares)

Key features

  • Highly Productive Dairy Farm
  • Extensive residential accommodation
  • Longcroft Farmhouse: a traditional 5-bedroom farmhouse
  • Longcroft Farmhouse Annexe: a 2-bedroom annexe in need of refurbishment
  • The Gate House: a modern 4-bedroom detached dwelling
  • Modern and Traditional Buildings
  • Development potential (Subject to planning), extending to about 160,500 sq. ft. (14,910 sq. m.)
  • 400 cubicles and loose housing, about 224 acres of productive arable and pasture land
  • About 52 acres of woodland and amenity land, in all about 283.10 acres (114.57 ha)
  • Vacant Possession available

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An exceptional 283 acre commercial dairy farm in East Staffordshire. Extensive residential accommodation and range of traditional and modern farm buildings.
An exceptional commercial dairy farm in East Staffordshire

• Longcroft Farmhouse: a traditional 5-bedroom farmhouse
• Longcroft Farmhouse Annexe: a single bed annex in need of refurbishment
• The Gate House: a modern 4-bedroom detached dwelling
• Modern and Traditional Buildings: with development potential (STP), extending to about 160,500 sq. ft. (14,910 sq. m.)
• 400 cubicles and loose housing
• About 224 acres of productive arable and pasture land
• About 52 acres of woodland and amenity land

In all about 283.16 acres (114.59 hectares).
For sale freehold as a whole or in up to six lots by private treaty
Vacant possession available on completion

Introduction
Longcroft Farm is a highly productive commercial dairy farm with extensive residential accommodation and a range of modern and traditional farm buildings. The farm has been in the hands of the same family for over 50 years. The family have now taken the decision to retire from dairy farming. The sale represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a substantial acreage in east Staffordshire with centrally located farm buildings which may have potential for alternative uses subject to the necessary consents.

Situation
Longcroft Farm is situated in the sought after area of East Staffordshire. The nearby town of Burton upon Trent offers a comprehensive range of facilities, whilst the villages of Barton under Needwood and Yoxall are close by offering a good range of local amenities, including shops, restaurants, schools and leisure facilities. The cities of Lichfield (9 miles), Derby (23 miles), Birmingham (28 miles) and Leicester (38 miles) are all within easy reach and provide more extensive facilities.
Transport links are excellent with access to the A38 just 4 miles away. The national road network can be accessed via the M6 motorway (4 miles). From Burton upon Trent there are mainline train services to London Euston from 85 minutes. From Lichfield there are mainline train services to London Euston and London Marylebone from 75 minutes.
There are a range of private and state schools in the locality including Repton School, Denstone College, Abbotsholme School and Foremarke Hall Preparatory School.

Summary of Lots
Longcroft Farm is available as a whole or in up to six lots:
• Lot 1 - Longcroft Farmhouse, Annexe, Buildings and land extending to about 87.62 acres
• Lot 2 - The Gatehouse
• Lot 3 - Buildings and land extending to about 30.30 acres
• Lot 4 - Land extending to about 65.65 acres
• Lot 5 - Land and woodland extending to about 58.48 acres
• Lot 6 - Land extending to about 40.43 acres

Lot 1 - Longcroft Farmhouse, Annexe, Buildings and land extending to about 87.62 acres.
Longcroft Farmhouse
The Georgian farmhouse has significant Victorian additions andis of traditional red brick construction under a tile roof and
extends to about 2,895 sq.ft. (269 sq.m.). The farmhouse is approached from Longcroft Lane with a private driveway.
Parking and access is also available from the adjacent courtyard. Accommodation is laid out over two floors and the property
requires some internal modernisation throughout. The ground floor accommodation comprises entrance hall with
access to three reception rooms, study and downstairs bathroom with WC, basin and shower. Access is also provided to a small
cellar via a staircase from the hallway. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a farmhouse kitchen with fitted units and
electric cooker. The rear garden can be accessed via French doors from the sitting room. The first floor comprises of a master bedroom a family bathroom, and four further double bedrooms.

The farmhouse benefits from garden area to the west and south elevations laid mainly to lawn.
The property has single glazed timber framed windows throughout and heating is provided by way of an oil fired central
heating system. The vendors carried out works to repair and replace the roof of the farmhouse in addition to new insulation
being installed in 2014. Drainage is to a private system and mains electricity is connected.
The farmhouse further benefits from a roof mounted solar array located on the adjacent annexe.
EPC rating: F

Longcroft Farmhouse Annexe
The annexe which requires comprehensive refurbishment adjoins the farmhouse and comprises a storage room, kitchen/ utility and
pantry, WC, sitting room and office with further storage rooms and two bedrooms. The annexe is single storey and of red brick
construction under a tile roof. The annexe has single glazed timber framed windows throughout. There is no central heating
system installed. We are informed that the annexe does not benefit from consent
for residential use.

The farm buildings
The extensive range of farm buildings within lot 1 have been developed over several decades as the dairy herd increased.
The traditional buildings comprise a range of single and two storey red brick outbuildings around a central courtyard.

The buildings comprise a range of workshop, garage and loose housing areas along with the dairy parlour, tank room and farm office. The traditional buildings may have potential for alternative uses and conversion potential to residential and/ or commercial uses subject to the necessary consents.
The modern farm buildings comprise a range of livestock housing, feed stores and grain store further described within the building schedule.
In addition to the buildings there are a number of silage clamps and a dirty water lagoon.

Farmland
The land within lot 1 comprises about 79 acres of predominantly arable land and temporary grassland in a ringfence. The arable land has been farmed under a cropping rotation of maize, winter wheat and temporary grass leys.
Part of the land is in stubble following the maize crop with the remainder in temporary grassland.

Lot 2 - The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a very well presented detached two storey dwelling extending to approximately 1,605 sq.ft. (149 sq.m.). Built
in 2007 the house is of brick construction under a tile roof. The Gatehouse is approached from Longcroft Lane with a private
stone driveway providing parking for a number of vehicles. Accommodation is laid out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises of an entrance hall with access to the sitting room which benefits from a wood burning stove. The
sitting room leads through to the dining room with double glazed French doors opening onto the rear garden. The kitchen includes
fitted floor and wall mounted units with a gas cooker and oil fired boiler. From the kitchen there is a rear entrance hall/ utility room
and downstairs bathroom with basin, WC, and shower.

The first floor comprises of a landing area with storage/ airing cupboard and three double bedrooms all with built in wardrobes
and one with an en-suite bathroom. There is a forth bedroom which is currently used as an office, and also a family bathroom
with bath, basin and WC. The property is double glazed throughout and heating is provided by way of an oil fired central heating system.

Drainage is to a private system and mains electricity is connected. There is a single brick built garage adjacent to the house and
timber framed wood store. The house benefits from garden area to the north and west elevations laid mainly to lawn with a small orchard area, small
pond and interspersed areas of shrubs and flower beds.
EPC rating: C

Lot 3 - Buildings and land extending to about 30.30 acres. The modern range of farm buildings are described within the
building schedule and have all been erected in the last 10 years. Please note that building number 20 is subject to fire damage.
The land within lot 3 comprises a ring-fenced parcel of arable land currently in temporary grass. The land immediately surrounding
the farm buildings is permanent pasture. Access to the land is provided from Longcroft Lane and from Sich Lane to the eastern
boundary.

Lot 4 - Land extending to about 65.65 acres. The land comprises a ring-fenced parcel of arable land and temporary grassland with a small parcel of woodland and two small pony paddocks. Access to the land is provided from Longcroft Lane and from Sich Lane to the eastern boundary. The land is currently cropped with winter wheat in part.

Lot 5 - Land and woodland extending to about 58.48 acres. The land comprises about 42 acres of woodland, partly subject to a national forest management scheme in addition to a parcel of permanent pasture land including a large pond.

Lot 6 - Land extending to about 40.43 acres. The land comprises a ring-fenced parcel of predominantly arable land in addition to a small area of mature woodland. Access to the land is provided along a trackway with a right of way from Scotch Hills Lane to the east. The land is currently cropped with oats in part.

Soil Types and Land Classification
The farmland is classified as Grade 3 according to the Natural England Regional Agricultural Land Classification Maps. According to the Soil Survey of England and Wales, the soils are predominantly of the Crewe association and are described as slowly permeable seasonally waterlogged reddish clayey and fine
loamy over clayey soils, often stoneless and is generally suited to permanent grassland and some cereal crops.
Part of the soils within lots 4 and 5 belong to the Whimple 3 association and are described as reddish fine loamy or fine silty over clayey soils with slowly permeable subsoils and slight seasonal waterlogging and are generally suited to dairying and stock rearing along with winter cereals and short-term grassland.

Method of Sale and Lotting
The property is offered for sale as a whole or in up to six lots as identified on the sale plan. Cross rights and reservations may be imposed and granted for the provision of access, maintenance, services and other rights where required.

Ingoing crop valuation/holdover
If appropriate, the purchaser(s) shall be required to take and pay for any growing crops, including enhancement, seed, fertiliser,
sprays and lime, plus tillage in accordance with the CAAV costings guide, in addition to the price offered for the property. Contractors' rates will be charged where applicable. The valuation is to be made by Fisher German LLP as agents acting for the vendor and valuers appointed by the purchaser(s). If timescales
dictate otherwise then a right of holdover may be required.

Basic Payment Scheme and Environmental Stewardship
The land is registered on the Rural Land Register and the vendors have claimed payments under the Basic Payment Scheme. The
entitlements are not included within the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. If entitlements are transferred, then payment for the current scheme year will be retained by the vendor and the purchaser/s will indemnify the vendors against any breech of cross compliance.
The property is not entered into any environmental stewardship schemes.

Mineral, Sporting and Timber Rights
As far as they are owned, the mineral, sporting and timber rights are included in the freehold sale. Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) The Property lies within a Surface Water NVZ Area and is subject to the usual restrictions.

Rights of way, wayleaves and easements
The property will be sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, wayleaves and easements, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

Overage
Lots 1, 3 and 5 will be sold subject to an uplift provision which will specify that 30% of any increase in value of the land or buildings
due to development (as defined in Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) will be payable to the Vendors or their
successors in title should such development occur within 30 years from the date of completion. The uplift will be payable upon
sale or implementation but shall not be triggered by any development for agricultural purposes.

Tenure and Possession
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession available upon completion subject to any holdover requirements.

The vendors would request a leaseback on Lot 2 following completion of a sale for a period of six months. Further details
are available from the selling agent. The vendors may require a period of holdover on the farm buildings in Lot 1 and 3 for the storage of machinery and
equipment pending a disposal sale.

Services
Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Water is also supplied via two boreholes. Heating in Longcroft Farmhouse and The Gatehouse is by way of oil fired boilers. Drainage for both properties is to septic tanks. None of the services have been tested by the selling agent.

VAT
Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property or any part thereof or any right to
it becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition to the sale price.

Local Authority
East Staffordshire Borough Council, The Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB. Tel: 01283 508000

Fixtures and Fittings
All fixtures and fittings whether mentioned or not in these particulars are excluded from the sale, but may be available by separate negotiation.

Plans, Photographs and Measurements
The plans, photographs and measurements within the sales particulars are provided for identification purposes only and do
not form part of the sale contract and the purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have fully satisfied themselves as to the description of
the property and neither the vendor nor the vendors agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries or the ownership thereof.

Solicitors
RJS Solicitors, G1 Bellringer Road, Trentham Business Quarter, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, ST4 8GB
Tel: 01782 646320
Attn. Mr Richard Scholes

Viewings
Strictly by appointment through the selling agents.


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Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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