Hillcrescent Farm, Water Orton

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  • Ref: HillCrestHC
  • Type: Land
  • Availability: To Let
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Property Features

  • Hillcrescent Farm Approx 9.88 acres
  • Includes Semi Detached Farmhouse
  • Range of Agricultural Outbuildings
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Property Summary

Location:
Hillcrescent Farm is situated in North West Warwickshire in the village of Water Orton. The village is in close proximity to the M6, M6 Toll and M42 motorways.
Directions:
Hillcrescent Farm is located on the North side of Birmingham Road to the West side of Water Orton. It is approximately 1 mile from the train station in the centre of the village. When leaving the village on the Birmingham Road (B4118) the farm is on the right beyond the garden centre. Postcode: B46 1TG
The Holding
The main holding extends to approximately 9.88 acres (4 hectares) and includes a semi-detached farmhouse, a range of small farm buildings, a number of field shelters and permanent pasture. The farmland is ringfenced and accessed directly from the buildings.
The Farmhouse:
The dwelling is semi-detached two-storey, two-bedroom farmhouse. Floor plans can be obtained through the agent.
Ground Floor:
The ground floor consists of a porch, kitchen, utility room, larder, understairs store, a WC and living room.
First Floor:
The first floor consists of two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower and bath. There is also a loft space.
Farm Buildings:
Hillcrescent Farm has a range of agricultural outbuildings mostly used for livestock housing and agricultural/fodder storage. Some were used for amenity use
and include welfare equipment. Most of the buildings are not modern and are better suited to smaller livestock and equestrian use.
Most of the buildings have water and electricity supply or they have a supply close by. One of the buildings (7) is owned by the previous tenant and will be taken off site unless an agreement with the new tenant can be reached. Further details are available from the agent.
The farm will be left tidy and most of the buildings will be left in their current state of repair. The incoming Tenant will then be able to make a decision as to future usage.
The Landlord currently plans to make various repairs to the farmhouse and buildings and these repairs will be agreed with the incoming tenant and carried out prior to the start of the tenancy.
Flooding:
The whole of the land and buildings are in Flood Risk Zone 1 (low or no flood risk).
Cropping:
The whole holding is currently pasture land used for livestock grazing and mowing.
Basic Payment Scheme:
Further information will be provided by the agents
Countryside Stewardship Schemes:
The farm currently has no active agreements in place.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones:
The whole of the holding is in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. Prospective tenants should ensure their Business Plan and proposed methods of farming will be compliant with Nitrate Vulnerable Zone regulations.
Council Tax:
The farmhouse falls under tax band D. The Tenant will be required to personally reside in the farmhouse during the tenancy.
Services:
Water Mains water is connected to the farm house, farm yard and most of the fields. Further information can be provided on request.
Electricity
There is mains electricity to the farmhouse and some of the buildings.
Heating
The property is heated through a gas central heating system which is supplied by bottle gas. There is a fire place in the living room.
Foul Drainage
Foul drainage is connected to mains drainage.
Ingoings:
There are no ingoing valuations but prospective tenants will need to demonstrate adequate capital availability to stock and farm the holding.
Dilapidations:
There will be no ingoing dilapidation payments made to the incoming Tenant.
A schedule of condition will be prepared at the commencement of the tenancy by Warwickshire County Council and agreed with the incoming Tenant.
The Tenancy:
The holding will be let as a livestock holding on a Farm Business Tenancy from 1st October 2021 for a term of 10 years.  There will be a 5 year break clause for the Landlord if the Tenant does not comply with their business plan.
The holding will be let on a full repairing and insuring basis with the tenant to reimburse
A draft copy of our standard FBT is available to view on request.
Capital Requirement:
There is a minimum capital requirement of £25,000 for applicants, at least 75% of which is required to be possessed by the applicant represented by either the value of live or dead stock, savings or other related assets.
account in the capital requirement.
the ingoings figure will be taken into account in the capital requirement. This is critical to the success of the application and may need to be confirmed by a bank or accountant.

Rent:
The rent is to be paid monthly in advance and reviewed on a three-yearly basis to Market Rent.
When submitting applications, we will require applicants to submit their best rental offer for the holding. Although the rental offer will be of high importance, our consideration will also be heavily based on
for the holding.
It may assist your application to show how your rent offer was calculated, by itemising a sum for each part of the holding (e.g. farmhouse, land, buildings, etc).
The Tenant will be required to meet any Stamp Duty Land Tax or any other rates that may arise.
Improvements:
Should the Tenant wish to carry out improvements to the holding, written consent will have to be obtained from the Landlord.  Any conditions attaching to the consent will have to be agreed at the time.
It would be standard practise for this to include provisions relating to the compensation payable for the improvement at the end of the tenancy.
Criteria for Applicants:
All applicants should have at least five years full time practical experience in agriculture or rural business management, of which up to three years of experience in agricultural based education may be taken into account (relevant certificates will be required at the interview). Applicants should therefore currently be involved in agriculture, rural business or an allied industry.
The applicant must have a clear vision as to how the holding can be developed and diversified.
To accompany the application form, applicants must include a detailed business plan (ideally a five-year plan  minimum of three years) including a financial plan with proposals for investing and/or utilising all existing farm buildings.
Proposals for diversification to add value to the holding will be considered positively. A scoring criterion is included in the tender pack to indicate the weighting of each section.
Warwickshire County Council encourages proposals for sustainable agriculture, and welcomes tenants who are keen to develop new business within the local community.
The Tenant will not be permitted to assign, sublet or part with possession of any element of the holding.
Viewing Arrangements:
There will be a viewing day arranged for interested applicants and this will be confirmed. The farmhouse will be available to be viewed internally on this day. Viewings are strictly by appointment only and you will therefore need to book a time to view to ensure Covid regulations are complied with.
Please contact Harry Chichester on   or email   for further details. The holding may not be inspected at any other time.
Application for Tenancy:
Please ensure that all applications are completed accurately, truthfully and in full. In determining the success of applicants we will attach most weight to the rental offer and business plan. We highly recommend that you cover all of the relevant criteria as discussed throughout these particulars, and do not omit anything which may help your application.
Measures will be taken to ensure applications from the armed forces community will not suffer disadvantage when being considered as prospective tenants.
Applications should arrive no later than 1pm on Friday 3rd September 2021.
These are to be sent in a sealed envelope, addressed as follows:
Hillcrescent Farm Tender Documents F.A.O Harry Chichester Godfrey-Payton 25 High Street Warwick Warwickshire CV34 4BB
Short Listed Applicants:
Short Listed Applicants will be notified as soon as is practicable that they have been
selected for interview. Short Listing will be based upon the quality of the application and Warwickshire County Council reserves the right to carry out an inspection prior to or following the interview of any short listed applicants farming enterprise, if applicable.
Interviews:
The short-listed applicants will attend interviews carried out by a panel which will include Warwickshire County Council representatives and the agents. Interviews will be held week commencing 6th September 2021. Applicants partners are encouraged to attend if possible.
Applicants will be required to provide documentary evidence of their financial circumstances (stock and machinery valuations) together with a bank statement, building society books and share certificates. Certificates of agricultural qualifications will be required if this forms part of the five years of agricultural experience.
insufficient, they will be required to provide evidence to satisfy the panel that they are in a position to obtain a loan to meet their capital requirements. A written statement of support by a separate guarantor will be treated favourably.
Covid 19 Safety
Godfrey-Payton and Warwickshire County Council take Covid 19 very seriously and will abide by Government guidance throughout the letting process. Please contact Godfrey-Payton for further details regarding this.Property Misdescription: Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of these particulars, Warwickshire Council for themselves and for the lessors of this property, hereby give notice that all descriptions, dimensions, reference to condition and necessary permissions for the use and occupation and other details are given without responsibility, and any prospective applicants should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them as statements or representation of fact.