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A rare opportunity to acquire this historic site extending to c.4.1 acres (c.1.66 hectares) gross with outline planning permission (subject to legal agreement)

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A rare opportunity to acquire this historic site extending to c.4.1 acres (c.1.66 hectares) gross with outline planning permission (subject to legal agreement) for residential development with indicative layout showing 55 dwellings, no requirement for affordable housing.

The site is currently occupied by a 19th century house known as ?The Bury? with its associated outbuildings. The site is bounded to the east by an 18th century red brick grade 2 listed wall with wrought iron gates and railings, all restored in 2008 creating a character setting and is set within a newly completed residential area. This site has a frontage to Martell Drive. The Branston Way (part of the Bedford western bypass) is located to the west of the site.

Once known as the largest village in England, Kempston is now a thriving suburb of Bedford. The site, served by main bus routes, is less than two miles from Bedford?s mainline railway station with fast trains (38 minutes) to London St Pancras International. Kempston is also ideally located for access to the A421 linking the M1 at junction13 to the A1. Kempston?s local community benefits from supermarkets, local shops, churches, schools, library, swimming pool, public houses and restaurants. Leisure facilities and Addison Howard Park are located in central Kempston.

Planning and Development
Planning permission has been granted, subject to a s106 agreement, for the demolition of the redundant outbuildings, renovation and conversion of the existing house to create four new dwellings and the construction of 51 dwellings, planning ref 17/02141/MAO. The proposed s106 agreement is for the retention of @The Bury? and to secure the long-term management and maintenance of the boundary wall and landscape gardens. There is no requirement for affordable housing although five of the dwellings must be capable of conversion to mobility units. Although the planning application was submitted in outline, all matters except landscaping were considered and approved. The approved layout had a mix of housing comprising one and two bed apartments and two/ three/ four bed terraced/ semi detached and detached houses, all as the schedule shown on the attached brochure.

CIL & Sec payments are applicable to the development, details of which will be made available.

The site is to be sold freehold.

Viewings strictly by appointment via Compass Land & Development, contact 01234 351577.

Guide Price ? Offers are invited in the region of £3,750,000

Compass Land & Development for themselves, and for the vendors of the land, whose agents they are, give notice that; (A) These particulars are produced in good faith, but are set out as a general guide only and do not constitute any part of a contract; (B) No person in the employment of Compass Land and Development has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty what so ever to the land April 2018. These details are presented subject to Contract and without prejudice.

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Location Summary

Elstow, now known as a suburb to the south of Bedford, still maintains its historic feel with original Village Green (where May Day Festivals are still held) and some of the original village which dates between the 13th century and 17th century and is classified as a conservation area.

Sitting aside the Green is timber framed Moot Hall, built in the 15th century as Elstow’s Courthouse and Market. It has now been renovated to house artefacts from one of the most famous Bedfordian’s – John Bunyan author of the Pilgrim’s Progress – who was born in Elstow and christened in Elstow’s Abbey.

[caption id="attachment_4567" align="aligncenter" width="696"]John Bunyan by Thomas Sadler 1684 John Bunyan by Thomas Sadler 1684.[/caption]

Now, 20th century housing surrounds the old village with Elstow Primary School serving the area.

To the west of Elstow is Kempston, a town with its own council and a population of c20,000. Within the town there are four primary schools, two secondary schools and three schools dedicated to children living in Bedford Borough with special educational needs.

Kempston’s main park is Addison Howard Park and the town has an array of clubs and sports amenities, from Kempston Pool to Kempston Rovers FC.

The town has a range of shops including Sainsbury’s and Lidl and close by is the Interchange Retail Park with Next, TK Maxx, Boots, Argos, B&Q amongst others.