Growing hay today and houses tomorrow?

Symonds & Sampson are offering a 210 acre block of farmland at Charminster near Dorchester Dorset to be sold by tender at the end of September.

Growing hay today and houses tomorrow?

Available as a whole or in part, the land has potential for development, both as a shorter term opportunity on the land south of Drakes Lane through the current Local Plan review, and potentially longer term on further land, subject to promotion and planning.

West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland District Councils are currently undertaking a review of the Local Plan. The “Issues and Options” consultation undertaken in 2017 identified an area of approximately 68 acres within the property as an option for possible growth of Charminster/Dorchester, as part of a wider potential allocation.

The subsequent “Preferred Options” document is due to be published for public consultation mid-August 2018 for 8 weeks. The copy issued for Committee approval reduces the proposed allocation to approximately 9 acres on land south of Drakes Lane (as part of reduced wider allocation). Further details can be found under the Local Plan Review - West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland web pages at and the Committee Agendas web page (Strategy Committee 17th July 2018).

Will Wallis of Symonds & Sampson says “This is an attractive block of mainly arable land which will be of interest to investors, developers and land purchasers. It extends to approximately 210.88 acres (85.33 hectares). The land adjoins the northern fringe of the village of Charminster and comprises gently sloping to level, free draining Grade 3 land, being loam with some flint over chalk. It has been farmed mainly as arable and some pasture land in recent years (some organically) with some small areas of copse. The land is currently let on two separate fixed term farm business tenancies.

“We anticipate that any development of the property would form part of a wider scheme requiring collaboration with other land owners/developers and incorporating comprehensive highways and services infrastructure. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries of West Dorset District Council."

The guide price for the whole is £2 million

Full details from Will Wallis Symonds & Sampson 01305 236237.

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