Closing Date – 12 noon Friday 12th July
The land at East Blance is located in East Lothian amidst the prime arable land for which the county is renowned. It is located five miles to the south west of the town of Haddington and two miles east of the village of East Saltoun. The area is characterised by a gently rolling landscape of productive arable land lying between the Lammermuir Hills to the south and the Firth of Forth to the north. The area is well served by agricultural merchants, dealers and contractors.
The land at East Blance sits in a contiguous block and is accessed directly off a minor public road. Extending to about 108 acres in total, the land is split across five fields and includes 106 acres of arable ground and 1.98 acres of field margins and tracks.
The land lies between 80m and 120m above sea level and is mainly classified by the James Hutton Institute for Soil Research as Class 3(1). The soil is described as an easily worked loam with a good working depth and is mainly derived from Rowanhill/Cliffnock/Winton Soil series, and is capable of growing excellent yields of the full range of arable crops.
The present farming system is based on a rotation including: winter wheat, spring protein peas and ware potatoes. The winter wheat typically achieves a yield of four tonnes per acre.
The land is being offered for sale in two lots, summarised as follows:
Lot 1 58.44 acres in total comprising 56.47 acres arable and 1.98 acres of miscellaneous ground (mainly tracks) Offers over £450,000
Lot 2 49.74 acres of arable ground Offers over £385,000
Strictly by appointment with the selling agent. Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we request you take care when viewing the property.
Entry will be by arrangement post 2019 harvest.
Offers in Scottish Legal Form are to be submitted to the selling agents, Savills, Wemyss House, 8 Wemyss Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6DH. A closing date for offers may be fixed, and prospective purchasers are advised to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection.
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
All land is classified as being in Payment Region 1. BPS entitlements will be included in the sale and apportioned per lot as appropriate.
Environmental & Designations
The land falls within the Lothians and Borders Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
Mineral and Timber Rights
In so far as they are owned, the mineral rights are included in the sale. All standing and fallen timber is included in the sale.
Servitude Rights, Burdens, Wayleaves and Statutory Public and Other Access Rights
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude and wayleave rights, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private. The property is also sold subject to the rights of public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied themselves as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
There is a wayleave agreement in favour of Scottish Power in connection with overhead powerlines and poles crossing Field 2.
The purchaser(s) of the land at East Blance, in addition to the purchase price, will be obliged to take over and pay for at a valuation to be agreed between two valuers, one acting for each party, or an arbiter appointed by the valuers, or failing agreement as to the appointment by the President, for the time being, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Scottish Branch), the following:
1. All cultivations carried out in preparation for the current crop will be valued on a labour and machinery basis.
2. All growing crops, on a seeds, labour, lime, fertiliser, sprays and machinery basis with an increment representing the enhanced value of the establishment and age of such crops.
Note: If the amount of the valuations has not been agreed on the date fixed for completion, then the purchaser shall pay to the seller such a sum as Savills shall certify on account at the valuation pending agreement. Should the payment not be made within seven days then the interest will become payable on outstanding monies at 5% over Bank of Scotland borrowing rate.
Acreage: 108 Acres
From Haddington, follow the B6368
southwards for 3.7 miles. At the junction with
the B6355 turn right towards East Saltoun.
After 0.5 miles turn right onto a minor public
road. Continue on this road for about 0.5
miles and the access track can be seen on
the right hand side of the road.