Wealden Barn, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8JA


The Wealden Barn, Cot Lane, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8JA


An exceptional opportunity to acquire a substantial detached steel portal frame agricultural building with consent for residential conversion in a stunning rural setting in the heart of the Weald of Kent.  BEST & FINAL OFFERS TO BE RECEIVED BY 12 NOON on FRIDAY 6th OCTOBER 2017.

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An exceptional opportunity to acquire a substantial detached steel portal frame agricultural building with consent for residential conversion in a stunning rural setting off a quiet country lane in the heart of the Weald of Kent.



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The property is located on the rural outskirts of the popular village of Biddenden off a quiet country lane in the heart of the Weald of Kent enjoying a superb outlook over picturesque countryside. Biddenden has a range of amenities including a public house, post office, 13th century church, primary school, village shop, tea rooms, and sports clubs with the award winning Chart Hills Golf Club nearby. The village also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and an award winning commercial vineyard with coffee shop and retail outlet.  Tenterden with its picturesque tree-lined High Street is some 6 miles to the south and offers a wide range of services, comprehensive shopping, Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets and many pubs and restaurants whilst the market town of Cranbrook is about 7 miles to the west offering a good selection of high street shops and services. There are numerous historical and heritage attractions in the immediate area including Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest with access to glorious countryside walks from the doorstep.

The larger centres of Ashford and the spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells are some 11 miles to the east and 19 miles to the west respectively, both offering extensive shopping and recreational opportunities. Mainline rail services are available from Headcorn, just under 4 miles, offering services to London Bridge, Waterloo and Charing Cross. Eurostar trains linking to the continent run from Ashford International with a regular high speed service to London St Pancras in a journey time of about 37 minutes.  There are excellent connections to the major road network with Junction 9 of the M20 motorway at Ashford providing links to the south coast and the Channel Tunnel, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the M25 London Orbital.  The area is well served for schools in both the state and private sectors including Cranbrook School, Bethany, Benenden, Dulwich Preparatory, Marlborough House, St Ronan’s, and Sutton Valence.

The property presents an exceptional opportunity to create a sizeable family home in a beautiful rural setting within easy commuting distance from London. The plot comprises of a substantial detached steel portal framed agricultural barn of about 31.16m x 10.85m with consent to convert to residential use. The barn sits on a level plot of about 0.55 acres with an area of hard standing on the north side of the barn, set back from the lane and with a stunning open outlook over countryside to the south. Access to the property is directly off Cot Lane over a hard surfaced driveway.

Ashford Borough Council have granted prior approval under Class Q Permitted Development for a change of use of the barn from agricultural to residential use. This application was submitted under planning reference number 16/00514/AS. The application has been granted subject to the condition that the smaller adjacent barn on the site (shown on plan marked ‘TBR’) be demolished and removed from the site upon completion of the project.  A subsequent application will need to be submitted to Ashford Borough Council to confirm the design and layout of the proposed dwelling and we advise prospective purchasers to make their own enquiries of the Local Planning Authority. This does present an exciting opportunity for a purchaser and a blank canvas to design the accommodation to suit their own tastes and requirements, subject to the approval of the Local Planning Authority.
There may be a potential Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payment due to Ashford Borough Council, which is based on a set rate per square meter. Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries to determine whether they are exempt or liable to this charge.

Further Land
There is potentially further land adjoining the plot available to purchase by separate negotiation.

Public Rights of Way
A public footpath skirts the very northern boundary of the site leading from Cot Lane and then west over adjoining farmland.

There are no mains services presently connected to the site though it is considered that they would be available nearby. Purchasers are however advised to make their own enquiries of service providers as to the cost and availability of connections.

Rights and Easements
The property is sold with any easements, wayleaves, covenants and rights of way that exist whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

Local Authority
Ashford Borough Council www.ashford.gov.uk

Tenure and Possession
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Method of Sale
Offered for sale via private treaty.

Viewing by prior appointment only.  The Vendor and their Agent take no responsibility for the safety of parties viewing the property.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Samuel & Son and their clients give notice that: 1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.   2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive.  3. It should not be assumed that the properties have all necessary planning, building regulations or other consents and Samuel & Son have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.