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Cold Down Copse is situated to the north east of the Village of Botley and immediately north west of Botley Railway Station and west of Curdridge Village. Access is via a private right of way in favour of Cold Down Copse immediately off Station Hill close to its junction with the A334 (Wickham) and B3035 (Bishop’s Waltham) roads.
The centre of Botley Village is about 1 mile - but a shorter distance on foot and Hedge End is 3 miles with Junctions 7 & 8 onto the M27 Motorway.
Curbridge and North Whiteley are about 2 miles to the south, Wickham 3 miles to the east and a similar distance to Bishop’s Waltham to the north east. The quickly developing area of Boorley Green is 2 miles to the north west off the B3354 Botley to Winchester Road.
The woodland adjoins Hampshire County Council owned land to the north and west and a private residential and care home property to the east.
Travelling south west from Bishop’s Waltham on the B3035 continue through Curdridge Village and past the Church on your right-hand side until you come to the junction with the A334. Turn right towards Botley and after about 150 metres on the right-hand side, immediately north of the railway bridge, you will see a galvanised access gate virtually opposite the entrance to Blenheim House.
This is the access to the right of way through to Cold Down Copse to the rear. The exact location of this gateway using the What3Words App is :///stowing.originate.towers.
The alternative pedestrian access to Cold Down Copse is via the public footpath that runs immediately over the railway bridge and down to the west of Bottings Industrial Estate south towards Botley Village.
Viewing is possible without appointment at any time during daylight hours so long as prospective purchasers are in possession of a set of these Sale Particulars. Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors contains unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exceptions. You should exercise common sense and caution such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding trip hazards and steep banks.
When viewing it is probably best for the relatively short time that a walk around the wood will take, is to park in the Botley Railway Station Car Park (Car parking charges might apply) and from there walk north over the railway bridge and then left over the gate onto the private right of way into Cold Down Copse. Then follow this long established trackway through the gates and fields into Cold Down Copse.
Cold Down Copse comprises about 4.95 acres of mainly broadleaf woodland comprising a fine stand of mature hardwood trees
The wood adjoins Ancient and semi-Ancient woodland to the north and is considered to be a priority habitat deciduous woodland making it a suitable candidate for potential grant aid from the Forestry Commission/defra if required by a Purchaser.
The woodland is known and recognised for its structural diversity and rich flora and fauna arising from its position between the loamy and clayey floodplain soils of the River Hamble and Valley immediately to the west and the slowly permeable seasonally wetter slightly acid base-rich loamy and clayey soils of the Copse itself (Soilscape 18).
This mature woodland is principally made up of high quality beech, oak, ash and sycamore with some larch and norway spruce with a predominantly understorey of hazel, yew, holly, and laurel. Some of the trees are mature or over mature and could be felled with permission and Felling Licence. A healthy capital receipt could be obtained from some of the better quality veneer butts as well as an enormous amount of logs and firewood.
The woodland slopes gradually down to the west to the alignment of the old Botley to Bishop’s Waltham railway line which forms its western boundary and fence. Hampshire County Council own land immediately to the north, Network Rail to the south and privately owned Cold Down Copse is in a quiet and discrete situation yet very close to the busy and thriving area of North Whiteley and Botley, soon to have its own by-pass and residential and office development close-by to the south immediately beyond the railway and Bottings Industrial Estate.
Cold Down Copse comprises an attractive wildlife habitat with plenty of potential for additional conservation, woodland management and recreational purposes. Indeed there is evidence of clay pigeon shooting through the property in the past and there is a lock-up secure storage container within the woodland which could provide the base for other alternative uses. There are a number of tracks and paths through the wood giving access to all parts.
Current planning regulations permit the use of land for up to 28 days in any calendar year for any purpose including clay pigeon shooting (but not motor car or motor cycle racing, motocross, speed trials etc—which are limited to 14 days) including camping and other certain recreational uses.
The calm nature of the surroundings make this an exceptionally pleasant wood that should appeal to a wide range of aspiring woodland owners.
The property has Registered Title with hm Land Registry, Title No. HP401660.
After two years ownership, commercially managed woods qualify for 100% relief from Inheritance Tax. Timber sales are free of all Income Tax and do not attract Capital Gains Tax. In certain circumstances it is possible to roll-over Capital Gains into the proportion of the purchase price attributable to the value of the land.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale
of the freehold and are not let. There are frequent sightings of roe, fallow and muntjac deer too.
These are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
Rights of way/access:
Vehicular access to Cold Down Copse is over a private 12’ wide right of way off Station Hill immediately to the north of the railway bridge close to Botley Station. This vehicular access extends over about 300m before it enters the southern corner of Cold Down Copse. Pedestrian access can be gained over that same right of way as well as the public footpath that runs south behind Bottings Industrial Estate towards Botley and the new development and By-Pass.
The public footpath runs through the eastern sector of the woodland and is accessed over the pedestrian railway bridge to the south. There is no “right to roam” for the public over the woodland area and public access is restricted solely to the well marked pathway, but is not fenced off.
Rights, wayleaves and and easements:
The woodland is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water, gas and electricity supplies
and any other easements.
Plans and areas:
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to their accuracy and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.
Tenure and possession:
Freehold. Vacant possession will be given on Completion.
Method of sale:
Cold Down Copse is offered for sale Freehold and by Private Treaty. Prospective purchasers should register their interest with the Selling Agents to whom offers should be submitted.
The land can be viewed at any time during daylight hours on foot whilst in possession of a set of these sale particulars.
For further information, please contact the Selling Agents.
Price guide: £125,000
Ian Judd & Partners llp - Tim Gardner on Tel: Or Email:
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