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Land At Nether Hall Farm, Nether Hill, Gestingthorpe, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3BD
94.52 ha (233.57 ac)
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  • 94.52 Hectares (233.57 acres)
  • For Sale by Informal Tender As a Whole or in Three Lots
  • OFFERS TO BE RECIVED BY 12 Noon 7th APRIL 2023
  • Grade 2 & 3 arable land, woodland, grassland, sporting potential

233.57 acres of Productive Commercial Arable Farmland For Sale by Informal Tender as a Whole or in Three Lots

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About this property

Detailed Description

Nether Hall Farm extends to approximately 94.52 hectares (233.57 acres). The farm includes 89.01 hectares (219.97 acres) of productive arable land, 3.56 hectares (8.82 acres) of woodland and 1.42 hectares (3.51 acres) of grassland.

Nether Hall Farm lies on the Suffolk/Essex border north of the village of Gestingthorpe approximately 6 miles west of Sudbury and 6 miles north of Halstead. The A131 linking Sudbury to Braintree is 3.6 miles to the East.

Gestingthorpe is a small village with a church, playing field, sports pavilion and a public house with restaurant.

The land is accessed off Nether Hill Road and forms one block. The land extends in total to approximately 39.34 hectares (97.22 acres) which includes 36.46 hectares (90.11 acres) of arable land, 1.58 hectares (3.91 acres) of woodland and 1.24 hectares (3.07 acres) of grassland. Part of the arable land has previously been cropped with game cover.

The land is accessed off Nether Hill Road to the East and North End Road to the south and is divided into three separate arable fields extending to 22.82 hectares (56.39 acres). There is also the site of a former cart lodge which is demolished leaving a concrete base and part red brick walling which lies adjacent to the roadside adjoining Nether Hill. The land includes 1.98 hectares (4.91 acres) of woodland with a plantation on the north side of Belchamp Brook.

The western end of the land benefits from prior approval for the erection of a 'crop store' totaling 966m2 in size. Further details can be obtained from the Vendors' Agent.

The Land comprises two fields of arable land extending to 29.73 hectares (73.47 acres) with direct access off North End Road.


Method of Sale
The Property is for sale by Informal Tender on the following terms:
1. All tenders must reach the office of Brown & Co, West Wing, Linden, Linden Square, 146 Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3DJ no later than 12 noon Friday 7th April 2023. Email tenders sent to will be accepted.
2. Tenders should be submitted in the prescribed form. Copies of the form can be obtained from the Vendor's Agent.
3. Tenders must be for a precise sum of pounds sterling. It is advised that tenders should be for an odd figure to avoid the possibility of identical bids.
4. No tender will be considered which is calculated only by reference to another tender.
5. The Seller does not undertake to accept the highest or indeed any bid.
6. Full name and address of both Purchaser and their Solicitor should be provided with any tender.
7. All tenders must evidence finance for the purchase and further particulars will be expected before an offer is accepted.

Exchange of Contracts & Completion
Exchange of contracts to take place 28 days after receipt of the Purchaser's Solicitors of the draft contract with completion being Monday 31st July 2023, subject to Holdover for the Vendor to remove any growing crops.

A deposit of 10% of the purchase price will be payable on exchange of contracts. If early entry is required, then purchasers will be asked to pay an additional 10% at that stage.

The Vendor reserves the right to receive 30% of the uplift in value in the event that planning permission is granted on the land hatched black in Lot 1 for any use other than agricultural or equestrian, running for a period of 25 years from the date of completion. Payment will be due on implementation or on a sale with the benefit of planning permission, whichever is earlier.
Land Classification
The soils are mainly of the Hanslope Series being described as slowly permeable calcareous clayey soils. The majority of the farm is shown as Grade 2 with some Grade 3 on the Provisional Ministry of Agricultural Classification Map for the Eastern Region.
Past Cropping
Available from the Vendor's Agent upon request.
Statutory Designations
The land lies within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
Environmental Schemes
An application has been submitted by the Vendor to secure funding under the England Woodland Creation Offer. The application covers 5.68 hectares of new tree planting in various locations over the three lots. Further information can be provided by the Vendor's Agent upon request.

Basic Payment Scheme
The Land is registered on the Rural Land Register. However, no BPS Entitlements are included with the sale.

The Vendor will retain the Basic Payment for 2023 and the Purchaser will be expected to indemnify the Vendor against any breaches of cross compliance up to 31st December 2023.

The Vendor will receive and retain any future Basic Payment runoff payments on the Land.

Cross Compliance
The vendor will be responsible for cross compliance up to the date of completion. The Purchaser will take over the cross compliance obligations on completion and will indemnify the Vendor for any non-compliance which results in a penalty or reduction in the Vendor's payments under the Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights, easements, quasi-easements, and all wayleaves whether referred to or not in these particulars.

There are Public Footpaths crossing Lots 2 and 3.

There is a Right of Way over part of Lot 3 as marked X-Y on the Plan benefitting the landowner to the south. Further details are available from the Vendors' Agent.

Lot 1 benefits from a Right of Way from Sudbury Road to the land through Oates Cottages between points A-B, providing that the Landowner replaces any lost parking spaces at their own expense on the Land being sold.

There are overhead electricity cables crossing part of the farm.

Land Drainage
The majority of the arable land is under drained, and plans can be viewed upon request.

The Environmental Agency General Charge is payable in respect of the agricultural land.

Sporting, Minerals and Timber
All sporting and mineral rights and timber or timber like trees (except as reserved by Statute or to the Crown) are included in the sale.

Plans, Areas and Schedules
These have been prepared as carefully as possible and based on Ordnance Survey data. The plans are published for illustrative purposes only and although they are believed to be correct, their accuracy is not guaranteed.

The Buyer(s) shall be deemed to have full knowledge of all boundaries and neither the Seller nor the Selling Agents will be responsible for defining boundaries nor their ownership.

Viewings and Health & Safety
The land may be viewed at any time with a set of particulars to hand with interested parties first having registered their interest with the selling agents (Brown & Co). People viewing the property should be careful and vigilant whilst on the property. Neither the Vendor or the Vendor's Agents are responsible for the safety of those viewing the property and accordingly those viewing the property do so at their own risk.

Useful Addresses
Braintree District Council
Causeway House, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9HB

Essex County Council
County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH

Anti Money Laundering
In accordance with the most recent Anti Money Laundering
Legislation, buyers will be required to provide proof of identity and address to the selling agent once an offer has been submitted and accepted (subject to contract) prior to solicitors being instructed.

Selling Agents
Nicholas Staton:
T: 01284 339 111 M:07788 362 305

Robert Fairey
T: 01284 731 450 M:07768 465741

Business Rates

The property may benefit from Small Business Rates Relief which may reduce the rates payable. Please contact the agents for more information.

To arrange a viewing contact

West Wing, Linden Square, 146 Kings Road, Suffolk, IP33 3DJ

07788 362305

01284 339111

West Wing, Linden Square, 146 Kings Road, Suffolk, IP33 3DJ

07768 465741

01284 731450

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