Knights Farm is situated within the village of Lower Dicker, just outside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches to the north. The market town of Hailsham is about 2.2 miles north west, providing a range of shops, supermarkets and amenities for most day to day needs. The property lies just to the north of the main A22 road which provides excellent access to surrounding towns and villages and the wider national road network, linking to the A27 and M25. The coastal resort town of Eastbourne is 10.4 miles, Uckfield is about 9.5 miles and the county town of Lewes about 12 miles. Main line rails services to London are available from Polegate station, 4.7 miles, with regular services to London Victoria. The district is well served by a wide range of state and independent schools catering for all ages, together with excellent sporting and recreational facilities.
The farmhouse is thought to date back to the late 19th century/early 20th century and is of brick and timber construction with pebbledash elevations under a slate roof. The accommodation, which is now in need of modernisation and refurbishment, is traditionally arranged over two floors and briefly comprises of 1,843sq ft, including on the ground floor a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, pantry and stores. From the sitting room, a staircase rises to the first floor landing giving access to four double bedrooms and a bathroom.
Access to Knights Farm is made from the main A22/London to Eastbourne Road, at Lower Dicker, via a private concrete and hardstanding access track. Bearing in a northerly direction, the private track continues to the farmhouse and then on into the farmyard and buildings complex. The farmhouse is surrounded by a small lawned garden with a lovely outlook over the farmland.
Located to the north of the farmhouse and set in and around an extensive concreted yard area, the farm buildings at Knights Farm are a range of traditional and more modern structures, in varying states of repair. The total building complex and yard area covers about 1.68 acres of land with the combined foot print of all the outbuildings equating to just over 2,000m².
The farmhouse and the farm yard complex are surrounded by an attractive run of permanent pasture extending northwards to about 41.04 acres, largely Wealden Clay Formation and classified as Grade 3 on the Agricultural Land Classification.
The land is generally flat and has been managed by way of cropping and the grazing of livestock, sub-divided into stock fenced field parcels with water distributed via various drinking troughs and field gates throughout for internal access. The whole is enclosed by a combination of traditional hedgerows, mature tree screens and stock proof fencing with road frontage to the A22 on the southern boundary and to the A267 along the eastern boundary. In addition to access via the main farm track and farmyard, there is a secondary vehicular access into the land via a field gate located on the eastern boundary off the A267/New North Street.
Mains water and electricity. Oil fired hot water and central heating. Mains drainage.
Council Tax Band: F
Wealden District Council.
Basic Payment Scheme
The land is registered for the Basic Payment Scheme with an eligible area of 16.09 ha. The Entitlements could be made available to a purchaser by separate negotiation.
Town & Country Planning
Wealden District Council have identified the main A22 arterial road as a business/commercial development zone, specifically in relation to employment and the Council’s wider economic objectives. A strip of the farmland on the southern boundary, (excluding the farmhouse and buildings), bordering the A22 to the west of the Boship roundabout, as shown shaded blue on the property plan below falls within a proposed development boundary for Hailsham as set out in their emerging Local Plan. Further information is available upon request. However purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries of the Local Planning Authority in respect of any development proposals.
The property is offered subject to any development plans, Tree Preservation Orders, Town Planning schedules or resolutions which may or may not come into force. The purchaser will be deemed to have full knowledge and satisfy themselves as to the provisions of any such matters affecting the property.
The sale of the property will include a development overage provision for the buyer and its successors in title to pay 30% of any uplift in value to the vendor and its successors in title arising as a consequence of a grant of a planning permission for non-agricultural purposes, lasting for a term of 30 years.
Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether public or private and whether specifically identified or not. There is a public footpath running north to south, through the property. A line of high voltage electricity cables crosses the main block of land near the farm buildings.
Plans, Schedules, Acreages and Boundaries
Purchasers must satisfy themselves on the location of all boundaries from the Land Registry Plans available and their own physical inspection of the property. Any acreages, areas and measurements quoted are for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion.
Method of Sale
The property is offered FOR SALE BY INFORMAL TENDER. A Tender Form is attached to these particulars and the closing date for the receipt of Tenders is 12 Noon Monday 16th September 2019. All Tenders should be returned to the Agent's Horam Office in a sealed envelope marked "Knights Farm Tender". If you would like us to acknowledge receipt of your bid, please mark the outside of the envelope appropriately.
Strictly by prior appointment with the vendor’s Sole Agent, Samuel & Son.