A diverse rural Estate comprising tenanted cottages on ASTs and regulated tenancies, commercial lets, c. 1,500 acres of farmland, of which the majority is contract farmed, with the remainder being let on a mix of Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies, Farm Business Tenancies and grazing licences, fishing pits, a biomass boiler district heating system and potential housing site.
This Village Assessment was prepared for two clients with significant land holdings in the village, to better understand future development potential in and around the village. Particular attention was given to supporting the health and wellbeing of village residents.
Bidwells secured planning permission for the residential redevelopment of a former adult community learning centre in the Green Belt. The site forms part of Essex County Council’s estate identified as surplus to requirements through the Housing and Public Sector Land Project. The scheme is for 60 bed Independent Living home for older people and 14 private residential dwellings.
Bidwells was instructed as commercial agent to act on behalf of LNT Care Homes in identifying a suitable site in Huntingdon and then negotiate terms for a freehold purchase to build a 66 bed care home.
The Abbeyfield Society is a supported housing and care home provider with over 120
properties throughout the UK. As a number of properties were no longer viable in their current condition to be used as homes for the elderly, Bidwells was initially instructed to value one of the properties for sale.
Bidwells was project manager of a project consisting of 65 self-contained residential units, with communal facilities including; kitchen with catering services, large dining room, TV lounge, salon, laundry, assisted bathrooms, a private internal courtyard and 24-hour support staff.