ESTATE AGENTS’ COMMENTS
If you do have buildings that can be developed under the new legislation, it would be prudent to consider what impact the development and subsequent sale of those buildings may have on your entire holding. If you have a ring fenced estate or farm, the sale of a building from the centre or close to it could be detrimental to the overall value of the property and may not be advisable.
However, peripheral buildings in your ownership could become valuable, capital-raising instruments. Take proper advice before launching into such a project. Crispin Harris MRICS Director Jackson-stops, Wilmslow 01625 540340 jackson-stops.co.uk
In our experience, local authorities in the North West continue to approach Class Q developments of redundant modern agricultural buildings (that are often steelframed) with caution, so it is important to take advice and give careful consideration before making the prior approval application. Traditional brick barns for residential conversion
remain favoured by local authorities. Aaron Marrs MSC MRTPI, Planner Strutt & Parker, Chester 01244 354853 struttandparker.com
You could potentially spend a significant amount of time and money on development projects, when you don’t need to, so if you are thinking about
undertaking such a project, whether it be a building plot or an existing home, it is best to take advice from a professional estate agent to determine what the development potential is as there are many factors to consider. Peter Higham, Operations Director Gascoigne Halman, Wilmslow 01625 536434 gascoignehalman.co.uk