Lower Farm, School Road, Salford Priors, Evesham, Worcs WR11 8XN

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  • Ref: 162022
  • Type: Land
  • Availability: To Let
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Property Features

  • 1.5 miles west of the A46
  • Approx 86 acres of mainly arable land
  • Registered with the Rural Payments Agency

Property Summary

Exciting opportunity to rent an 86 acre farm near Salford Priors. On behalf of Warwickshire County Council, Godfrey-Payton have the pleasure of bringing to the market Lower farm which encompasses 85 acres of ringfenced arable and pasture land with a detached four bedroom farmhouse and set of modern and traditional buildings.

Location:


Lower Farm is situated west of the village of Salford Priors and due East of the villages of Iron Cross and Cock Bevington. It is approximately 1.5 miles west of the A46, south of Alcester and north of Evesham.

Directions:


Lower Farm is located on School Road, adjacent to the village of Salford Priors. Salford Priors is directly adjacent to the A46 with easy access to Alcester (5 miles) and Evesham (7 miles).  When driving from Alcester, follow the A46 south towards Evesham. At the Salford Priors roundabout, follow station road into Salford Priors. Turn Right onto School and follow this out of the village for approximately 1 mile and the farm is situated on the left-hand side of the road, down a concrete track. Postcode: WR11 8XN

The Land:


The main holding extends to approximately 86 acres (35 hectares) including a four-bedroom farmhouse, modern and traditional farm buildings and land. The Farmland is ring fenced and can be access completely from the farm buildings.

Cropping:


The holding is mostly arable land with some pasture land. Most of the land has winter and spring cereal crops and some of the land has previously been used in Countryside Stewardship schemes.

Basic Payment Scheme:


The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency. Further information will be provided by the agents

The Farmhouse:


The dwelling comprises a detached two-storey, four-bedroom farmhouse. Floor plans can found attached to this application.

Ground Floor:


The ground floor consists of a conservatory, kitchen and dining room, hall way and living room.

First Floor:


The first floor consists of four bedrooms and a W.C. and bath/shower room. There is also a loft space.

Farm Buildings:


Lower Farm has a range of agricultural outbuildings which includes a mix of brick, steel and timber framed barns.

Most of the buildings have been used for livestock housing and may need investment depending on their future use. Most of the barns have water and electricity supply or they have a supply close by.

 

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 and developments which should be discussed with the landlord.

The Landlord currently plans to make various repairs to the farmhouse and details of these repairs can be obtained from the agents. These repairs will be agreed with the incoming tenant and carried out prior to the start of the tenancy.

Services:


Water


Mains water is connected to the farm house, farm yard and some of the fields. Further information can be provided on request.

Electricity

There is mains electricity to the farmhouse and buildings to the rear of the property.

Heating


There is an oil boiler system installed in the farmhouse and there is also an open fire place in the living room.

Foul Drainage


Foul drainage is to a septic tank.

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 mixed holding on a Farm Business Tenancy from 1st October 2022 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 the Landlord’s insurance block policy for the building structures.

A draft copy of our standard FBT is available to view on request.

Capital Requirement:


There is a minimum capital requirement of £50,000 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.

The ingoing’s 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 independent 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 the strength of the applicant’s business plan 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 and details of this can be obtained from the agents. 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.

Please contact Harry Chichester  email Harry@godfrey-payton.co.uk for further details. The holding may not be inspected at any other time.

Full Details

Farmhouse
Comprises detached 2 storey, four bedroom farmhouse with Conservatory, Kitchen, Dining Room, Hall and Living Room. One bath/shower room and WC.

Council Tax Band D.
Tenant will be required to personally reside in the farmhouse during the tenancy.

Farm Buildings
Range of agricultural outbuildings to include a mix of brick, steel and timber framed barns, mostly used historically for livestock housing. Most have water and electricity or have a nearby supply.

Services
Mains water connected to farm house, farm yard and some fields. Mains electricity to farmhouse and buildings. Oil boiler system and open fire for heating & foul drainage to a septic tank.

Tenancy
Holding to be let as a mixed holding on a Farm Business Tenancy from 1st October 2022 for a term of 10 years. Five year Break Clause for the Landlord should Tenant not comply with plan.

Capital Requirement
Minimum capital requirement of £50,000 for applicants. At least 75% of this is required to be possessed by the applicant represented by either the value of live or dead stock, savings or other related assets.

Viewing
Please contact Harry Chichester on 01926 492511 or email Harry@godfrey-payton.co.uk. A viewing day is to be arranged and viewings will be strictly by appointment.