Sold (STC) - £425,000 - 5.1 acres, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA11 7BJ

Fisher German

Fisher German
4 Vicars Lane, , Chester, Cheshire CH1 1QU

Tel:01244 409660

An exceptional opportunity to acquire a Victorian farmhouse with planning to extend and improve, together with a range of farm buildings with planning for conversion into three dwellings.


Birch Tree Farm sits in an attractive setting on the edge of the suburb of Moss Bank, enjoying tremendous south west facing views across agricultural land. Moss Bank itself offers a variety of amenities, including a church, primary school and public houses, whilst St Helens offers a comprehensive range.

Local schools inclue St Peter & St Paul Catholic Primary School, deemed Ofsted "outstanding", as is Rivington Primary School, whilst Cowley International Collage offers good secondary education.

Recreational facilities in the area include numerous local Golf Clubs, including Grange Park Golf Club, horse racing at Haydock Park Race Course and Knowsley Safari Experience. Birch Tree Farm is well-placed for access to the commercial centres of the North West, with J23 of the M6 (within 6 miles) and J7 of the M62 (7 miles).

Birch Tree Farm is part of the Rainford Hall Estate and is now being sold as a rare opportunity to create an exclusive development in a popular and accessible location, having previously been rented out for several decades.

The property
The farmhouse itself offers spacious accommodation with planning consent to extend. The farm buildings offer a development opportunity to create a pair of semi-detached dwellings, in addition to a detached single-storey dwelling.

To the west of the proposed development is a block of agricultural land extending to approximately 4 acres, which is being offered.

Birch Tree Farmhouse
The farmhouse is an attractive mainly brick-built bay-fronted property with part rendered first floor elevations. The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with the addition of a sizeable basement.

The accommodation is spacious with high ceilings and offers the purchaser scope to renovate and extend in line with the planning approval. To either side of the front reception hall are two large reception rooms, and to the rear of the house a kitchen with approval to extend and knock through to create a large open-plan family/dining kitchen. Off the kitchen are a cloakroom and utility room with scope for further configuration.

There are three generous double bedrooms, in addition to a box room and family bathroom. The approval and plans show the box room being incorporated into bedroom two, providing an en suite shower room, with an extension to the rear of the property creating a large master bedroom with dressing area and en suite facilities.

Proposed development
The farm buildings have a wealth of existing window openings, thereby making them ideal for conversion. Unit One is a detached single-storey dwelling located parallel to the second two-storey building creating Units Two and Three. The consent requires a range of secondary buildings to be demolished, allowing the construction of a single garage for Unit One and double garages for Units Two, Three and the existing farmhouse.

Planning Approval
Full planning approval was granted on 23 November 2018 under Reference No: P/2018/0520/FUL for "the conversion and extension of outbuildings to form three number residential dwellings and associated garages, along with an extension to existing farmhouse, and demolition of remaining structures", by St Helens Council Planning Department.

No Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be payable.

Copies of both the Decision Notice and Approval Plans will be made available upon request from the selling agent.

Agricultural land
Agricultural land extending to approximately 4 acres sits to the west of the buildings, sloping gently towards Rainford Brook, away from the proposed development. The land is currently down to rough grass, bordered by trees to the south western boundary. The purchaser will be responsible for erecting and maintaining a new boundary fence along the southern boundary, which is currently open with the adjoining land, which does not form part of the sale.

Acreage: 5.1 Acres


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