Residential Building Development, Blackadder Bank, Whitsome, Duns, Berwickshire TD11 3LZ7.5 miles • Berwick upon Tweed 8.5 miles • Edinburgh 52 miles (Distanced approximate) An exciting opportunity to acquire an attractive residential development opportunity well located in the heart of the Tweedside Merse.
• Traditional Steading Buildings with consent for conversion into five residential units.
• Two new build house plots.
• Wonderful rural yet accessible location.
• Generous site extending to 0.96 ha (2.39 acres).
• Up to 1.84 ha (4.55 acres) available with steading by separate negotiation, creating potential for equestrian use.
UNDER OFFER - For sale as a Whole or 3 Lots
Lot 1 – Steading (shaded red) 0.67 ha (1.66 acres). - £200,000
Lot 2 – Plot 1 (shaded blue) 0.14 ha (0.36 acres). - £100,000
Lot 3 – Plot 2 (shaded green) 0.15 ha (0.37 acres). - £100,000
As a whole – 0.96 ha (2.39 acres)
Blackadder Bank is beautifully situated, in a pleasant rural location approximately 2 miles equidistant of the pretty villages of Allanton and Whitsome in the heart of the Scottish Borders. This is an essentially rural community yet just 7.5 miles from Duns and 8.5 miles from Berwick upon Tweed which both offer a good range of shops, educational and recreational facilities as well as sports centres. Berwick upon Tweed also has a main line railway station, which offers regular rail services on routes to Edinburgh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (both approximately 45 minutes) and London (approximately 3.5 hours). The A1(T) is approximately 10 miles distant allowing quick access to the north and south by car making this an ideal location for commuters. The Reston railway station which is only 7.5 miles distant is also due to reopen soon. The area provides a good variety of outdoor pursuits such as the renowned salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Tweed, golf at Eyemouth, Goswick, The Hirsel and Dunbar and horse racing at Kelso, Musselburgh, and Newcastle. More generally, the area offers a wealth of sporting and leisure facilities and a wonderful quality of life.
The property is located on the north side of the B6460 (Greenlaw to Berwick upon Tweed road) just before the crossroads leading to Allanton and Whitsome. The postcode for satellite navigation is TD11 3LZ.
The property provides a unique and attractive residential development opportunity. It was originally part of the Blackadder Estate which was sold off compartmentally in 1925 and comprises an attractive traditional steading complex and two sizeable plots each with planning permission for two well designed new build houses. This site is now being offered for sale as a whole or in three lots:
LOT 1 – The Steading 0.67 ha (1.66 acres)
The steading buildings benefit from Full Planning Permission (subject to conditions) under Ref 19/00369/ FUL to create five well designed and attractive family homes with accommodation as outlined in the following:
Unit 1: Ground Floor - Hall; Kitchen/dining/living; Utility; Lounge. First Floor - Master bedroom with en-suite shower room; Bedroom 2; Bedroom 3; Family bathroom.
Unit 2: Ground Floor - Hall; Kitchen/dining/living; Utility; Lounge. First Floor - Master bedroom with en-suite shower room; Bedroom 2; Bedroom 3; Family bathroom
Unit 3: Ground Floor - Hall; Kitchen/dining/living; Utility; Store; Bedroom 1; Bedroom 2; Bathroom. First Floor -Lounge; Study; WC.
Unit 4: Ground Floor - Hall; Kitchen/dining/living; Utility; WC; Lounge; Bedroom 1; Bedroom 2. First Floor - N/A
Unit 5: Ground Floor - Hall; Kitchen/dining/living; Utility; Master bedroom with en-suite; Bedroom 2. First Floor - Lounge.
The steading is set out in a courtyard layout and is a very attractive range of buildings. It could offer scope for alternative uses such as conversion to create just one larger home with separate annexe or holiday accommodation or even a home office or games/gym/swimming pool subject to obtaining planning permission.
Up to 1.84 ha (4.55 acres) of adjoining land may also be for sale along with the steading site by separate negotiation. This allows for huge potential to create horse grazing and equestrian or small holding facilities making this a highly sought after and rarely available package for a lifestyle buyer.
LOTS 2&3 – The Plots 0.29 ha (0.73 acres)
Planning permission has been granted for two individual house plots located between the steading and the four cottages (owned by a third party). The plots are both of a generous size and provide scope for creation of two fantastic family homes.
Plot 1 (planning ref: 19/00370/FUL) – 0.14 ha (0.36 acres)
Plot 2 (planning ref: 19/00371/FUL) – 0.15 ha (0.37 acres)
The approved house design for each plot provides a detached house with a light and spacious layout that is very practical for family living. The proposed accommodation within each house comprises:
Ground Floor – Entrance porch; Entrance hall/Sunroom; Kitchen/dining/lounge; Utility; Boots; Master bedroom with en-suite; Home office/Bedroom 4; Integrated garage/workshop.
First Floor – Hall with under eaves storage cupboards and study area; Bedroom 2; Bedroom 3 and Bathroom
Planning permission has been granted subject to a Section 75 Agreement which provides that the developer will pay to Scottish Borders Council the sum of £26,360 in respect of the steading development and £5,672 for each plot as a contribution to the “Education and Lifelong Learning” and “Affordable Housing” funds. It is a condition of sale that the successful purchaser will be liable for these costs. A copy of the planning permissions and Section 75 Agreement can all be obtained using the Online Planning Portal quoting the reference numbers above or from the Selling Agents.
Access to the site is currently taken directly off the B6460. It is a condition of the planning permission that a new internal road leading to the steading, plots and cottages is created from the public road and that the existing access to the four cottages is closed off. The seller will undertake to install a new access road from the public road to the edge of the cottages site boundary within 12 months of completion. The road will be finished to standard approved by the Local Authority as required by the existing planning permission. Once completed future maintenance will be on a user basis. It is specifically noted that the occupiers of the adjacent four cottages and the plots will have a right of access over the length of the road marked as points A to B. It is also noted that the occupiers of Blackadder Farmhouse have a right of access over the route cross hatched red.
The purchaser will be responsible for erecting all site boundaries to a stock proof condition within six months of completion of sale and thereafter responsible for 100% of the cost of maintenance/renewal.
The farm buildings are currently serviced by mains electricity and mains water. Private drainage will be required for the steading development and plots. Upgrade and supersession of these services will be necessary within the development of the site and will be the responsibility of the purchaser(s). It is noted that the purchaser(s) will be granted service rights as necessary for property to be properly serviced. It is likely that there will be several shared rights and responsibilities, and these will be agreed at the point of sale.
The Vendors will retain the right to remove at their own cost some of the modern buildings which would require to be demolished as part of the planning consent. Should they wish to do so these buildings would be removed within three months of completion of sale with final details agreed at the point of sale.
Any sporting rights are included in the sale in so far as they are owned.
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Whitsome, Duns TD11 3LZ