Common Farm Spanker Lane, Belper, Nether Heage DE56 2AT
Common Farm offers a modern well equipped livestock farm that has seen considerable investment in high quality facilities. It offers an attractive three bedroom stone farmhouse, a substantial range of traditional buildings with considerable scope for alternative uses (subject to planning) and an excellent selection of modern portal frame buildings designed for modern cattle and sheep enterprises, with possibilities for commercial applications, subject to planning.
The land surrounds the farmstead and has been managed to a high standard. It is all down to grass, and is well suited to mowing and grazing within a single ring fence. Rarely do such well equipped farms come to the market.
Common Farm occupies a wonderful elevated position, with far reaching views over the surrounding area, located within the heart of Derbyshire.
The farm is located off Spanker Lane, on the outskirts of the historic settlement of Nether Heage. The property lies a short distance from the popular market town of Belper (2.4 miles), Ripley is just 3 miles away, with Derby City Centre only 11 miles from the farm. Belper has a range of amenities and was acclaimed the Winner of the 2019 Great British High Street Awards as well as being located in the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
The property is strategically well located in the heart of the country, with the A6 and A38 being only 1 mile and 2.5 miles away respectively, with junction 28 of the M1 being less than 10 miles from the Holding.
The farmhouse occupies an elevated position with panoramic views including Heage Windmill and of Nottinghamshire beyond. The farmhouse is constructed of coursed gritstone with blue tiles over, and adjoins a substantial range of traditional stone outbuildings that would seem very well suited to conversion into additional living or holiday accommodation or other uses, subject to the necessary consents.
The farmhouse has well-appointed flexible accommodation arranged over two storeys, and includes a substantial kitchen diner with fitted units together with two large receptions rooms offering views to the south and east. In addition, on the ground floor is the entrance porch and utility room. The first floor is accessed via a generous staircase and comprises three double bedrooms offering far reaching views together with an attractive family bathroom and accommodates a four piece suite.
The farmhouse benefits from uPVC windows throughout, oil fired central heating and wood burner.
Off the front elevation is a well maintained large lawned area, enclosed with a drystone wall with ample parking to the rear.
Adjoining the farmhouse is a range of lovely traditional farm buildings configured in a U shape arranged around a concrete collecting yard. They offer tremendous possibilities for alternative uses subject to obtaining the appropriate approvals.
The buildings can be briefly summarised as follows, adopting the numbering shown on the Buildings Plan:
1. A stone and block built monopitch building with corrugated grey fibre cement over. It accommodates three shippons used as calving quarters all having concrete floors and accommodating drinkers with one shippon featuring fitted heavy duty galvanised Bateman penning (99.7 m2 Gross Internal Area)
2. Stone and tile barn with loft over accessed by way of stone external steps. The building offers considerable conversion potential (64.3 m2 GIA)
3. Single storey L shaped stone and tile range, with concrete floor offering potential for conversion (81.6 m2 GIA)
4. A double height stone and tile barn with part loft over that adjoins the farmhouse offering scope for extending the existing living accommodation or to alternative applications subject to the necessary consents (4.7m x 8.6m GEA, ex loft)
5. A small stone building with corrugated grey fibre cement over (2.7m x 4.7m GEA).
Whist currently used for agricultural purposes and for light storage, many of these buildings would be well suited to equestrian uses, or conversion into living accommodation or such ancillary uses.
Modern Agricultural Buildings
The farm offers a wonderful quality of modern livestock buildings, that are summarised briefly below with reference to the Buildings Plan:
6. A substantial seven bay galvanised steel portal frame cattle building with concrete floor, concrete panel and Yorkshire board cladding and ventilated corrugated grey fibre cement over. The building includes self-locking feed yolks to a central feed passage, fitted Bateman gates, roller screen Galebreakers and is surrounded by the concrete yard (31.6m x 30.2m GEA).
7. Open fronted four bay steel portal frame cattle shed with concrete floors, concrete panel and Yorkshire board cladding, galvanised metal purlins and corrugated grey fibre cement over and is surrounded by the concrete yard (24.3m x 13.9m GEA).
8. Atcost open fronted four bay shed with concrete floor and apron, concrete block and corrugated grey fibre cement cladding, with cattle race at the rear (17.1m x 12.2m GEA).
9. Open fronted four bay steel portal frame building with four bay steel frame lean too, with concrete floor, concrete panel and Yorkshire board cladding and box profile roof over. The building features galvanised purlins and roller screen Galebreakers (18.6m x 24.6m GEA)
10. A four bay steel portal framed galvanised cattle building with concrete floor, concrete panel and Yorkshire board cladding with blue tiles over. This incorporates heavy duty galvanised bull penning barriers and secure concrete yard (16.5m x 6.5m GEA)
The farmyard has a significant amount of good quality concrete, and is bound by concrete panels all designed to aid cattle handing around the principal cattle sheds. The yard is generous allowing large turning circles, parking and stacking areas together with scope for further expansion if desired, subject to any necessary consents.
Viewing is strongly encouraged to appreciate the quality of the facilities on the farm.
The land adjoins the farmstead, and is within a single ring fence. The land comprises approximately 79.83 acres of relatively flat pasture that has been managed to a high standard and is well suited to both mowing and grazing. Internal access is excellent, with a stone track serving most fields, together with a significant road frontage onto Crich Lane.
The soils are classified as Grade 3 under the Agricultural Land Classification, and are noted as Soilscape 17, by Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute having loamy and clayey soils “mostly suited to grass production for dairying or beef”.
Field boundaries are stockproof for sheep and cattle and are a combination of drystone walls, hedgerows and fencing
Mains water is supplied to the fields.
The farmhouse benefits from mains water, electricity and oil fired central heating. Domestic drainage is by way of a private system. The buildings have the benefit of three phase electricity.
Rights of Way, Wayleaves & Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, wayleaves and easements that may exist, whether or not they are defined in these particulars.
The farm benefits from full rights of way over the farm drive. Two footpaths cross the holding, once coincidental with the track (Ripley FP 8) and the second running north south (Ripley FP 25).
Timber, Minerals & Sporting Rights
Included insofar as they exist.
An overage of 30% applies to any enhanced value arising from any non-agricultural planning consents for a period of 40 years from completion (excluding the area occupied by the farmhouse, yard and buildings) .
Fixtures, Fittings & Plan
Only those referred to in these particulars are included in the sale.
Tenure and Possession
The property is sold freehold with vacant possession granted on completion.
If required by the vendor, the purchaser will erect a stock proof fence to delineate the new physical boundary at the northern extent of the holding to accord with the legal boundary within 28 days of completion.
From the Hurt Arms at Ambergate, travel a short distance south on the A6 before taking the first left onto Newbridge Road. Remain on this road, that becomes Spanker Lane. Pass Firs Works (Garner Holdings) on the right and take the next right, where indicated by our ‘For Sale’ board. The Farm is located at the end of the drive.
From the Hartsay interchange on the A38, take the A610 signposted for Ambergate. Remain on that road until reaching the Excavator Public House, at which point turn left onto the B6013 Chesterfield Road. Remain on this road until reaching a T junction with Ripley Road. Turn right, and then take the first right onto School Lane. Remain on School Lane that becomes Spanker Lane. Pass the Spanker Public House, continuing up the hill, and the farm drive is on the left, as indicated by our ‘For Sale’ board.
The entrance to the farm drive is at What3Words ///whiplash.canines.skip
Local Planning Authority
Amber Valley Borough Council
T| 01773 570222
Council Tax and EPC
We understand that the property falls within Amber Valley Borough Council Tax Band ‘D’ (reference 107007349080).
The EPC is Band E (47)
Gunner Cooke (Mr Brendan Walsh)
A| 53, King Street, Manchester M2 4LQ
T| 07733 124865
Method of Sale:
The property is for sale by private treaty.
Strictly by appointment only through the sole selling agents Bagshaw. Please contact the Bakewell Office on 01629 812777 or by email at email@example.com.
Bagshaws LLP have made every reasonable effort to ensure that these details offer an accurate and fair description of the property but give notice that all measurements, distances and areas referred to are approximate and based on information available at the time of printing. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves These details are for guidance only and do not constitute part of any contract for sale. Bagshaws LLP and their employees are not authorised to give any warranties or representations in relation to the sale.
Photographs were taken in April 2023.