Market test in Fen unit sale

31 July 1998

Market test in Fen unit sale

PRESENTING a good test for the farmland market, a purely commercial grade 1 arable unit on the Cambridgeshire Fens now is for sale.

West Fen Farm, Whitemoor Fen, near March, includes 412 acres of silt land in a ring fence capable of growing vegetables, potatoes, sugar beet and combinable crops. There is an irrigation licence for 1.324m gallons of water.

Guided at £1.5m for the whole by John Broadbent, FPDSavills, the farm has an insulated potato/grain store with a 900t capacity and a further 500t of storage. A three-bedroom modern bungalow provides the accommodation.

Also with irrigation a 293-acre grade 2 sandy loam unit near Shifnal, Shropshire, is on the market. Big Wood Farm, Beckbury, includes two reservoirs with a total capacity of about 11.75m gallons.

Going to auction in September through auctioneers Davies White & Perry, the farm has a modern five-bedroom house and a range of general buildings including grain storage facilities.

Over the county line in Cheshire a mixed unit is for sale as a whole or in two lots guided at more than £1m for the whole by Stephen Cheshire, Jackson-Stops & Staff.

"To satisfy the requirements of a strong residential market the five-bedroom farmhouse, traditional buildings and 105 acres are available separately for more than £750,000," says Mr Cheshire.

Green Butts Farm, Spurstow, near Tarporley, includes another 173 acres of grade 2 and 3 land and a modern range of grain storage and stock housing.

Guided at £1.5m for the whole, West Fen Farm, March, includes 412 acres of grade 1 silt land and more than 1m gallons for irrigation.

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