A Grade II listed barn for conversion - fronting the A4
Forming part of Thatcham Town Centre
Suitable for a range of uses including retail / restaurant / housing
DESCRIPTION/LOCATION: A prominent, unspoiled former agricultural building from the days when this part of west Berkshire was predominantly a farming community and Thatcham would have been a small market town, subservient to Newbury. Moving forward quickly to the 21stcentury, this is probably the last remaining and unspoiled building. The roof has been restored in accordance with an earlier planning permission although we understand the Local Authority agreed that work could be done without triggering the requirement for Section 106 payments. In other words the weather proofing of the building from the roof and also the provision of glass infills to the vertical openings has we understand been undertaken in accordance with Listed Building Consent and building control approval.
The Barn is described in the Listed Building Records as “Barn. C17. Timber framed; brick and weatherboarded walls and old tiled half hipped roof. 5 framed bays with aisles and midstrays, gabled to south and hipped to north. Queen post trusses with transverse and some longitudinal bracing.”
This building has the potential for being the landmark building of Thatcham.
The barn conversion proposed in 2011 (planning permission may have expired) provided for master suite comprising bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, guest suite with bedroom and shower room, suite three with bedroom and shower room, suite four with bedroom and shower room, magnificent galleried landing running virtually the full width of the building. On the ground floor spectacular reception hall running the full depth of the building with a lounge/dining room to one side with kitchen and utility room beyond, cloakroom, large open plan office/study with bathroom. Outside a small area of amenity land including the provision for parking for four cars.
Forming part of a thriving business community, just to the east of Newbury which boasts the international headquarters of Vodafone and also of course Newbury Building Society. There are many other prominent high profile businesses within Newbury with offices and business parks in Thatcham and further business parks a little further to the east at Theale. Communication links are superb with the A4 joining the M4 at Junction 12 to the east or via the A34 Junction 14 to the west. Newbury railway station includes an occasional fast service to London (Paddington) with other regular services into Reading where there are connections on the Waterloo and Paddington line and shortly the new Crossrail service. Whilst enjoying a prominent and important business reputation, there are also vast stretches of countryside to the north and south and immediately to the west of Newbury.
Town and Country Planning:
1. The property is within the administration area of West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD
2. 06/00015/FUL change of use to A1 Retail from Agricultural with alterations and extensions and access road. The Planning Officer at the time identified “the site lies within Thatcham Town Centre which fronts onto the main A4 and within a sustainable location. Area of mixed use of retail/restaurant and housing.”
NB. This planning permission may be extant as the access road to the development at the rear has been built.
3. 11/00960/FULD conversion to dwelling with rear extension, 3 car parking spaces plus 1 disability space and 2 cycle spaces. This planning permission, if implemented, would have triggered Section 106 obligations. We understand the Planning Department and Building Control Department at West Berkshire Council permitted what might be described as Phase 1 of this development by overhauling and weather proofing the roof without triggering the Section 106 obligations.
A prospective purchaser will need to enquire whether either or both of these planning permissions remain extant.
4. The company handling the 2011 application remain in business and have consented to us providing their details including contact details to an interested party. The contact is Bryan Hoile, Bryan Hoile & Associates.
Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession
Energy Efficiency Rating: Not applicable
Council Tax/Rateable Value: No assessment
NB. At the current time Public Auctions are not permitted. Accordingly, following a period of marketing, we will invite “best and final offers” by 2pm on Wednesday 2nd June 2021. There will be a Legal Pack available online and it is likely the Seller will accept an offer from a party who has agreed the Legal Pack and is prepared to exchange contracts on the Auction Brochure, including the Memorandum of Sale, no later than close of business onFriday 4th June 2021. The seller reserves the right to sell beforehand and not to accept any offers.
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