14 April 2000

Environmental plus

RETIREMENT brings a 356 acre mixed unit in Oxon onto the market. Most of Lower Green and Westhill Farm, Horton-cum-Studley, near Oxford, has been accepted into the local environmentally sensitive area scheme.

"The vendors havent signed the agreement but a purchaser would have the opportunity to combine commercial farming with environmental management in return for annual payments," said Simon Merson, John D Wood.

The unit is guided at in excess of £2m for the whole and divided into six lots.

The three-bedroom Lower Green farmhouse and six acres is guided at £550,000 and the four-bedroom West Hill farmhouse and about 44 acres of arable and pasture at £700,000.

Another range of modern and traditional farm buildings could have residential conversion potential, according to Mr Merson, and are guided at £100,000.

Most of the land, which is a medium to heavy sand and clay loam, is split into three blocks ranging from 31 to 193 acres with an average value of £2000/acre. About 73 acres of arable and pasture are lotted with a range of buildings including covered yards and grain storage. They have a guide price of £200,000. &#42