HIS­TORIC LAND UN­DER AUC­TION

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A piece of his­toric Devon land is set to be sold at auc­tion in De­cem­ber.

The sale of­fers a rare op­por­tu­nity to buy the acre of land at Mor­well­ham Quay, an his­toric tourist lo­ca­tion in Tav­i­s­tock.

The Green – a one-acre plot (0.4 hectares) – has a free­hold guide price of £25,000 and is among the lots be­ing sold by re­gional land and prop­erty auc­tion­eers Clive Em­son on De­cem­ber 13.

Its lo­ca­tion places it im­me­di­ately next to the pop­u­lar Vic­to­rian themed vil­lage at Mor­well­ham Quay, which in­cludes a mu­seum and cop­per mine and port on the Tav­i­s­tock Canal.

Auc­tion val­uer Au­drey Smith said: “This is an in­cred­i­bly rare op­por­tu­nity to snap up a piece of his­toric Eng­land in a stun­ning lo­ca­tion with po­ten­tial for a mul­ti­tude of uses.

“The Green is well kept and likely to ap­peal to lo­cal buy­ers as well as those with an eye on amenity, recre­ational or com­mer­cial in­ter­ests sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.”

A for­mer bank in Holswor­thy, two pairs of garages in Tor­ring­ton and a Pick ‘n’ mix of a choco­late box cot­tage and flats are also go­ing un­der the auc­tion­eer’s gavel.

The two sets of lock-up garages in Sands­fords Gar­dens – Nos 3 and 4 and Nos 16 and 17 – are avail­able sep­a­rately with free­hold guide prices of £15,000 to £25,000.

Auc­tion­eer Gra­ham Bar­ton said: “Lock-up garages are al­ways pop­u­lar at auctions.

“These ex­am­ples are in an es­tab­lished res­i­den­tial area. They will ap­peal to nearby house­hold­ers for their own use, for in­vest­ment or even for pos­si­ble res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.”

The garages are be­ing auc­tioned on in­struc­tions from West­ward.

Lo­cated at No.11 the Square, off Fore Street, Holswor­thy, a for­mer NatWest bank with land has a free­hold guide of £165,000 to £195,000.

Gra­ham said: “This is a prime build­ing and land both in a town cen­tre lo­ca­tion with graphic po­ten­tial for mixed com­mer­cial and mul­ti­ple res­i­den­tial re­de­vel­op­ment, sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.

“It’s nearby car park also of­fers new-build de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sents.”

GVA has in­structed the sale of the for­mer bank and car park.

Start­ing at 11am, the eighth and fi­nal of Clive Em­son Auc­tion­eers’ re­gional West Coun­try auctions in 2018 takes place at the St Mel­lion In­ter­na­tional Re­sort, St Mel­lion, Corn­wall, on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 13, 2018.

In the lat­est bud­get, the Govern­ment an­nounced it would ex­tend the Help to Buy scheme to 2023. In­tro­duced in April 2013, the scheme sup­ports new home buy­ers in tak­ing their first step on the prop­erty lad­der. An­drew Biggs from Marc­hand Pe­tit says: “The Govern­ment-led eq­uity loan ini­tia­tive has had a very pos­i­tive im­pact on the new homes mar­ket through­out the coun­try, help­ing some 250,000 peo­ple onto the hous­ing lad­der. The lat­est ex­ten­sion of the scheme from 2021 to 2023, with in­creased fund­ing, will help in get­ting more peo­ple on the hous­ing lad­der.

“As well as re­gional price caps, the new rules will limit the scheme to first-time buy­ers in 2021. If you are not a first time buyer, but still might be el­i­gi­ble, act­ing now to take ad­van­tage of the scheme is well worth con­sid­er­ing.

“At Marc­hand Pe­tit we act for a num­ber of key de­vel­op­ers cur­rently of­fer­ing Help to Buy schemes, in­clud­ing Bloor Homes and Lin­den Homes. Cur­rently they have a great range of new homes on of­fer, in at­trac­tive lo­ca­tions such as Totnes, Mod­bury, and Black­aw­ton near Dart­mouth. Con­tact our of­fices for more in­for­ma­tion.”

Lus­combe Maye in­vited the chil­dren of Brix­ton St Mary’s Pri­mary School to de­sign a “wel­come to your new home” card for the branch to give to suc­cess­ful pur­chasers. The win­ning de­signer was Rosa, who cre­ated a colour­ful de­sign fea­tur­ing a re­moval lorry ar­riv­ing at a beau­ti­ful home. As­sis­tant man­ager Joanna Churchill pre­sented Rosa a fam­ily ticket for Vue Cin­ema and said: “We loved Rosa’s orig­i­nal de­sign that en­cap­su­lated com­ple­tion day for our buy­ers as they ar­rive at their new home”. Rosa’s art­work will now fea­ture on Lus­combe Maye’s cards from the Yealmp­ton branch.

When Ex­eter es­tate agents West of Exe de­cided to re­fur­bish their new Exmin­ster of­fices, their next door neigh­bours at the Shelf Life shop for the Ex­eter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) were pleased to lend a help­ing hand. This ges­ture was re­paid in kind, as a do­na­tion of three of­fice chairs and four desks will now be sold by the char­ity to raise vi­tal funds to sup­port Ex­eter pa­tients and fam­i­lies af­fected by blood can­cer and blood dis­or­ders.

West of Exe moved into Exmin­ster High Street a year ago af­ter ac­quir­ing Par­tridge’s Es­tate Agents. The com­pany, whose sis­ter agency is East of Exe, pro­vides prop­erty sales and let­tings ser­vices to cus­tomers across Ex­eter and Teign­bridge.

Mags Nay­lor, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Ex­eter Leukaemia Fund, said: “Dona­tions like these help us sup­port fam­i­lies af­fected by leukaemia and other blood dis­or­ders. The of­fice fur­ni­ture will first be used to re­place our ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture at the ELF Marsh Bar­ton of­fice and will be later be trans­ferred to be sold in the ELF shops.

“One of the most im­por­tant life­lines we’re able to fund is com­mu­nity trans­port to take peo­ple to and from their hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments. Not only are we able to sup­port peo­ple who are un­able to drive be­cause of their ill­ness or med­i­ca­tion, we can help re­move the ad­di­tional stresses of find­ing car park­ing at the hos­pi­tal.”

Ian Gar­cia of West of Exe and East of Exe said: “Ev­ery­one needs a good neigh­bour and we’re re­ally pleased to do our bit to help this ex­cel­lent lo­cal char­ity.”

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