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Prominent B1 (class E - commercial) building and site with ‘renewed’ planning consent for extensions and separately planning consent to convert to residential use within westerham, kent
available for sale.
The property is situated on the A25 approximately 200 metres from the centre of Westerham. The town features a strong mix of retail and business operations both independent business and multiple retailers feature. There are numerous tourist attractions such as Chartwell House, Hever and Chiddingstone Castles and Knole House and Park located within 15-20minutes drive making the site potentially suitable for use as a holiday / weekend home within short travelling distance of London (approximately 17 miles - Centrepoint).
The building was originally constructed in the early 20th century as a 3 storey + basement family home and retains many of the original external and internal features. There is a large rear yard area capable of accommodating several vehicles. Alternatively it could also serve as an attractive walled garden area.
The property is generally in good structural conditon, however there are areas which would require consideration prior to conversion works. In particular the rear projection to the first floor would benefit either from structural reinforcement or total rebuilding. The interior is predominantly stripped although the top floor is usable as office space.
The building measures as follows:
Ground Floor: 437 Sq Ft (40.64 Sq M)
First Floor: 318 Sq Ft (29.6 Sq M)
Second Floor: 387 Sq Ft (36.0 Sq M)
Total: 1,142 Sq Ft (106.1 m²)
Total site area: 0.09 acre
Planning and alterations
Following the amendments to the Use Classes Order 1987 (As amended) on September 1st 2020 the building is now considered to be within Class E. Previously the building was within Use Class B1 (Office).
Town Planning and Design
The building is to be sold with the benefit of three planning consents.
In December 2004 under application reference 04/02529/ful consent was granted for a detailed scheme which proposed significant alterations and extensions to the building including new railings to frontage and fire escape, plus proposed compound to house air conditioning chiller units. This consent has been partially implemented and has been confirmed as such under planning application reference 21/01653/ldcex which was approved 13th July 2021.
Separately the building has confirmed Prior Approval consent to return the unextended premises to residential use under Class O of the General Permitted Development Order (As amended). This is confirmed under consent reference 20/01031/pac which is dated 28th May 2020. We consider that it may be possible to either convert the increased quantum to residential or alternatively provide additional residential space elsewhere on site.
An application submitted under reference 20/02695/ful which entailed the partial demolition of the existing building and the erection of two dwellings within the existing car park was submitted in September 2020 but later withdrawn due to lack of car parking provision, a reduced scheme may be acceptable however. For further discussion please telephone our associated planning consultancy Howard Sharp and Partners llp at 79 Great Peter Street, London.
According to the 2017 Rating List, the property has a Rateable Value of £19,750. The property will require re-assessment if converted to residential use.
Offers in the region of £600,000 are sought for the unencumbered freehold interest. Please note that the property is elected for VAT which will be levied on the purchase price.
Each party to bear their own legal costs.
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