VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS: Strictly by Prior Appointment Only. Viewing Days: Thursday, Friday (before 1pm), Saturday and Sunday. Contact 'Giles Wheeler-Bennett' to arrange an appointment. It is recommended to view the drone video footage available at the website prior to visiting the Property.
VIDEO DRONE FOOTAGE: See the website and further details, photographs and drone video footage is available showing the whole Property.
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS: See Location Plan. The Property is positioned between Bursledon (Tesco) and the Village of Hamble off Hamble Lane (B3397). Approx. 1½ miles off Junction 8 of M27 motorway at Bursledon and the A27 main road. Within 2 miles of the River Hamble and Southampton Water. Hamble Train Station within ½ mile. There is a pedestrian ferry across the Hamble River to Warsash Village.
DESCRIPTION: Hound Nursery was established by the Vendors in 1986 when the agricultural land was used for soft fruit production (including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blackberries). The land is level and well drained and productive of Grade 1 quality. The buildings were required for storage of agricultural equipment and Cold Storage for the fruit which was sold at the farm shop. In addition, a 'Pick Your Own' enterprise was operated for some years.
In 1990 the Vendors achieved planning consent for a bungalow and garage as set out in more detail below.
The Property is comprised within Land Registry Title: HP288278.
BUNGALOW: See Floor Plan - Built in 1990 the 4 bedroom bungalow extends to over 1,500ft² and was built to a high specification including triple glazed windows, insulated cavity walls and with the ability for the woodburning stove to provide hot water and central heating to compliment the mains gas boiler. The bungalow is well positions back off the road.
NB - The Garage included within this consent has not yet been constructed. Ask Giles Wheeler-Bennett for further details of the consented position for the Garage.
AGRICULTURAL OCCUPANCY CONDITION: Planning Consent for the Bungalow and Garage was achieved at Appeal dated 22nd December 1989 (Ref: 28607/4) and with reserved matters being approved 17th April 1990 (Ref: 28607/6).
The Inspector's Condition 3 states: 'the occupation of the dwelling shall be limited to a person solely or mainly employed, or last employed, in the locality in agriculture as defined in Section 290 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, or in forestry, or a dependent of such a person residing with him or her, or a widow or widower of such a person.'. Please obtain a copy from Giles Wheeler-Bennett.
BUILDINGS AND YARDS: There are two agricultural buildings of timber frame and corrugated iron cladding self constructed by the Vendors. One of these contains the Farm Shop and was historically used as the Cold Store for soft fruit production. The other building contains a toilet and waste facility and water point to serve the Caravanning Club Enterprise.
THE LAND: The agricultural land available for cropping beyond the Bungalow, yards, buildings, Polytunnel, Christmas trees etc. extends to approx. 7.86 acres (3.18 ha). The land is level and the Agricultural Land Classification Map identifies it as Grade 1 quality.
There is a block of Norway Spruce Christmas trees planted approx. 15 years ago along the southern boundary (approx. 0.33 acres).
FARM SHOP: Operated since 1986. Currently retail sale of eggs and seasonal produce (pumpkins, Christmas trees, strawberries, hay). Parking for approx. 10 cars. Current opening hours Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 9am-1pm.
CARAVAN ENTERPRISE: Certified Site - Caravan Club members only. There is an area of mown grass along the southern boundary used by the Vendor for Caravan Club members. Water, waste and toilet facilities are provided at the buildings and yard. The Property is able to accommodate 5 'units' (caravans or motorhomes) and 10 camping (tents etc.).
POLYTUNNEL - Previously used for strawberry and raspberry production - not currently used.
CHICKEN RUN - Fenced and with timber houses - not currently used.
PROPOSED BATTERY STORAGE FACILITY: The Vendors have entered into an Option for a lease of part of the Property for a Battery Storage Facility. The proposed position of the development is on the area currently occupied by the Polytunnel and Chicken Run along the road frontage of the Property (extending to approx. 0.44 acres) which will require the shared use of the main entrance off Hamble Lane.
The proposed rent is £10,000 per annum increased annually to RPI, but the lease has not yet been completed. The development has achieved Planning Consent from Eastleigh Borough Council (ref F/19/85302). The development is planned to commence during late 2020. Please ask Giles Wheeler-Bennett for more details.
PLANNING: The Property is shown in Eastleigh Borough Council's current Local Plan as within an area of Countryside and Gap where Countryside Policies apply. Eastleigh Borough Council are currently at the latter stages of reviewing their Local Plan (Revised Pre-Submission Local Plan 2011-2029) and in the current proposals the Property remains zoned as Countryside and Gap.
SERVICES: Mains water, mains electricity (single phase), mains gas. Telephone. Mains gas boiler central heating and hot water with electric emersion tank. Septic tank. Wood burner with back boiler to serve radiators and hot water.
WAYLEAVES AND EASEMENTS: There are Esso and Transco pipelines that cross the eastern end of the Property. Please request additional information from Giles Wheeler-Bennett.
COUNCIL TAX: Property Band = D for year 2019/2020 = £1,780.32
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, SO50 9YN.