Land at Earsdon West Forest

Earsdon Hill, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3ES

Offers Over £1,850,000

204 acres

  • Good access and well-proportioned fields
  • 161.60 acres of productive arable and ploughable grassland
  • 38.49 acres of woodland with a mixture of well-established and newly planted amenity plantations
  • For sale as a whole

CLOSING DATE FOR OFFERS - 12.00 NOON ON THURSDAY 22ND JUNE 2023The Land at Earsdon West Forest is an excellent productive unit extending to approximately 204.01 acres (82.56ha) in a ring fenced block incorporating 7 principal fields. The land lies between 65m and 85m above sea level and enjoys excellent access from north and south via the adjacent A1 road.The Land is classified as Grade 3 on the MAFF Land Use Capability Classification and falls within the Hallsworth Series of Soils. The fields are well laid out and of a generous size, easily accommodating modern farming machinery and are readily accessible.The majority of the land was previously devoted to a rotation of oilseeds and cereals but was sown down to grass leys in 2017 and has since been managed intensively to produce high quality haylage crops. It is believed that this will have been beneficial in terms of soil structure and fertility and that the land will lend itself to the successful resumption of arable cropping if desired.TENUREThe Land is freehold currently subject to a Grazing and Mowing Licence but is offered for sale as a whole with vacant possession from 30th September2023.WOODLAND AND CONSERVATION AREASWhile the majority of the farmland has been intensively managed, the Vendor has managed the woodland and fringe areas in the interests of conservation.Over the past 20 years, a considerable area of newwoodland has been established, supplementing thepre-existing streamside habitats. A diverse species mix has been used and these woodlands, field margins and pond add enormously to the amenity of The Property, as well as adding wildlife interest and sporting potential.ENVIRONMENTAL AND WOODLAND SCHEMESThe Land is subject to a Countryside Stewardship Scheme Agreement commencing on 1st January 2022 and ending on 31st December 2026, producing around £8,531 annually.The Land is also subject to a Higher Tier WoodlandManagement Agreement commencing on 1st January 2023 and ending on 31st December 2027, producing around £2,640 annually.Any payments relating to the 2023 claim year will be retained by The Vendors. More information on the Countryside Stewardship Agreement and Higher Tier Woodland Management Agreement can be found in the Information Pack upon request.BASIC PAYMENT SCHEMEThe Land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency. Any payments relating to the 2023 claim year will be retained by The Vendors. Due to the impending changes to the regulations, no Basic Payment Scheme entitlements will be transferred to the Purchaser.EWCOIn the last two years there has been some new woodland planting. More information is provided in the Information Pack upon request.METHOD OF SALEThe Land is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole. However, practical lotting suggestions will be considered and prospective purchasers should make their interest known to the selling agents as soon as possible. The Vendor reserves the right to conclude negotiations by any other means.DESIGNATIONSThe Land falls within a Drinking Water Safeguard Zone (Surface Water) SWSGZ6012.BOUNDARIESField boundaries are made up of fences and hedges. A great deal of new fencing has recently been undertaken.SERVICESMains water is available at The Property. However, the Purchaser will be responsible for any Northumbrian Water connection charge.SPORTING, TIMBER AND MINERAL RIGHTSAll sporting rights, fallen and standing timber are included in the sale in so far as they are owned.The minerals are not included in the sale.RIGHTS OF WAY, EASEMENTS AND WAYLEAVESThe Property is being sold subject to the benefits of all rights including: rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasieasements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not.A public footpath runs across The Land as shown by a grey dotted line, going north to south, over field parcels 9564, 9789 and 8989.The proprietors of the dwellings at Earsdon West Forest have a right of access over the roadway hatched brown, subject to each being responsible for a share of the costs of repairing this roadway (with a one quarter share being borne by the proprietor of the Land at Earsdon West Forest). They also have rights over The Property inconnection with drainage; more details are available in the Information Pack.RESTRICTIVE COVENANTSThe Land is subject to overage provisions in favour of The Church Commissioners for 70 years from 15th September 2006 in relation to any change of use or development within Classes A1, A3, A4, A5, C1 or D2 of The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 or for use as a petrol station or shop selling and/or displaying motor vehicles. Until 2036, The Church Commissioners areentitled to a 30% share of any uplift in value arising from any such change of use or development. From 2036 until 2076, this share will reduce to 15%.There is a Deed to The British Gas Corporation for a gas main under part of the Land to the west of The Property comprised in Title Numbers ND143591 and ND143606.ENTRYThe date of entry will be by mutual agreement.DIRECTIONSIf travelling from the north, turn left off the A1 Road where signposted for Amble, Acklington, Widdrington, and Chevington Moor, approximately 1 mile south of Felmoor Country Park on to the C115. Continue on the C115 for approximately 0.5 miles before turning left.If travelling from the south, turn right off the A1 Road approximately 8 miles north of Morpeth at the signpost for Amble, Acklington, Widdrington and Chevington Moor. Continue on the C115 for approximately 0.5 miles before turning left.WHAT.3.WORDS///tides.months.decidingPostcode: NE61 3ESLOCAL AUTHORITYNorthumberland County CouncilCounty HallMorpethNorthumberlandNE61 2EFVIEWINGViewings are strictly by prior appointment and onlythrough the selling agents, Galbraith, Morpeth on 01670 331500.HEALTH & SAFETYThe Property is an agricultural holding and appropriate caution should be exercised at all times during inspection.Photographs taken May 2023Particulars prepared May 2023