Far Forest Dy14 9ta


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  • Bedrooms: 3


'Blue Ball Farm', Far Forest Village, Near Bewdley, North Worcestershire, DY14 9TA. A wonderful opportunity to breathe life back into a non-statutory listed detached stone farmhouse plus significant outbuildings – the whole requiring complete renovation but with ‘sky-high' potential within sheltered and extremely private 0.76 of an acre grounds. Energy Rating: G. ALL ENQUIRIES TO STOURPORT OFFICE 01299 822060.



This property is for sale by the Modern Method of Auction. Should you view, offer or bid on the property, your information will be shared with the Auctioneer, iamsold.

This method of auction requires both parties to complete the transaction within 56 days of the draft contract for sale being received by the buyers solicitor. This additional time allows buyers to proceed with mortgage finance (subject to lending criteria, affordability and survey).

The buyer is required to sign a reservation agreement and make payment of a non-refundable Reservation Fee. This being £10,000.00 including VAT. The Reservation Fee is paid in addition to purchase price and will be considered as part of the chargeable consideration for the property in the calculation for stamp duty liability.

Buyers will be required to go through an identification verification process with iamsold and provide proof of how the purchase would be funded.

This property has a Buyer Information Pack which is a collection of documents in relation to the property. The documents may not tell you everything you need to know about the property, so you are required to complete your own due diligence before bidding. A sample copy of the Reservation Agreement and terms and conditions are also contained within this pack.

The property is subject to an undisclosed Reserve Price with both the Reserve Price and Starting Bid being subject to change.

Referral Arrangements

The Partner Agent and Auctioneer may recommend the services of third parties to you. Whilst these services are recommended as it is believed they will be of benefit; you are under no obligation to use any of these services and you should always consider your options before services are accepted.

Where services are accepted the Auctioneer or Partner Agent may receive payment for the recommendation and you will be informed of any referral arrangement and payment prior to any services being taken by you.


DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL - Blue Ball Farm will appeal to both owner occupiers and developers. It will make for a lovely home refurbished to its former glory ‘as is’ but, clearly, there is also tremendous scope for additions and re-modelling to create a stunning 'statement' property of great originality. Showcasing that potential, the seller has commissioned local architectural firm – Central Building Design Ltd – to demonstrate the accommodation that could be achieved under Permitted Development Rights. Specifically, this is what the computer generated images (CGI’s) reflect and are brought to life in support of drawing numbers 4055-03B, 4055-04B and 4055-05. All are available upon request. Additionally, the sellers have also taken advice from Chartered Town Planning Consultant – R.A Watkins – who subsequently engaged direct consultation with Wyre Forest District Council (WFDC). A copy email dated 18 November 2020 from the WFDC Conservation Officer – Mr Peter Bassett – to R.A Watkins, is available upon request and will also be included to the final auction contract pack when completed.

THE PROPERTY – An 18th century stone farm house having fortuitously retained a great many of its historical features plus fascinating outbuildings, the foremost with uncertain origins but, most likely, a brew house. The proposed Permitted Development scheme sees the existing outbuildings converted and also a new build garage and home office. In addition, the main farmhouse receives substantial extension to both sides and also to the rear. The cumulative effect of all this would increase the overall size of Blue Ball Farm by just over 40% and transform it into a ‘Grand Designs’ style home eminently capable of serving a wide variety of family uses and needs.

As Existing -

House – 125.5sq.m (1350sq.ft)

Outbuildings 49sq.m (525sq.ft)

TOTAL 174.5sq.m ( 1,877sq.ft)

As Proposed under Permitted Development Rights -

House – 190sq.m (2045sq.ft)

Outbuildings (inc new garage) 106.5sq.m (1,145sq.ft)

TOTAL 296sq.m ( 3,190sq.ft)

LOCATION - The property sits in the heart of Far Forest and like any good country home is just a short walk from the village pub, namely The Plough, which is within 500m. This forever popular village sits in a highly accessible location about 3.5 miles west of the Georgian riverside town of Bewdley. Another nearby and vibrant local town is Cleobury Mortimer which is about 5 miles. In the immediate surrounding area there are many bridleways offering excellent riding and walking opportunities. This outstandingly beautiful part of North Worcestershire is also dominated by the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve which spreads out over some 6,000 acres!

AGENTS COMMENTS - Here is an extraordinary chance to create your dream home, hand in glove with lovely large grounds also suitable to keep private recreational horses subject to requisite consents. What really makes this property special is the privacy and shelter of the grounds with a timeless backdrop to woodland. Similar properties in this price bracket, within this and the surrounding village areas, with this degree of potential, are few and far between and therefore here is a rare opportunity not to be missed.

BACKGROUND – Blue Ball Farm is not Statutory Listed but is included on the Worcestershire Historic Environment Record (HER). Wyre Forest District Council consider the property an undesignated heritage asset and thus WFDC Policy SAL.UP6 would be relevant to any application for planning permission. The house enjoys Permitted Development Rights.

PLANNING - The property is sold subject to any development plan, tree preservation order, town planning schedule, resolution or notice which may be, or become to be, in force, and subject to any road widening or improvement schemes, land charges and statutory provisions or bylaws without any obligation on the vendors to specify them. Our comments constitute third party advice and prospective purchasers should make their own independent enquiries.

BOUNDARIES - The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of all boundaries and neither the vendor nor the vendor's agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries or ownership thereof. The included plan is for identification purposes only. The property has a Registered Title under WR52236

WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS & RIGHTS OF WAY – The property is sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all easements and quasi-easements and rights of way, declared and undeclared and whether mentioned in these particulars or not. There are no rights that the sellers know of.

LOCAL AUTHORITY - Wyre Forest District Council, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7WF Tel: 01562 732928

SERVICES - Mains water and electricity are connected. There is private drainage. None of the services have been tested.

AGENTS NOTE ONE - These particulars are prepared in good faith and in the spirit of trying to be helpful and informative. However prospective purchasers should, obviously, make their own detailed enquiries in respect of all planning/access/services/valuation matters, etc. and we, as Agents, give no guarantee, or warranty, whatsoever.

AGENTS NOTE TWO – The existing and proposed gross area measurements are calculated by Central Building Design Ltd

SOLICITORS CONCERNED: Thursfields, 14 Church Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY10 2AH. Tel: 01562 820575. Attn: Mr. Julian Field.

PLANNNG AGENT'S CONTACT DETAILS – Mr. Steve Greybanks, Central Building Design Ltd, Woodland View, Stone Meadow, Butts Lane, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY10 4BH. 01562 743782. Steve@centralbuildingdesign.co.uk


15' 2'' x 12' 4'' (4.62m x 3.75m)

[max in to inglenook] with door concealing steps which descend to:


9' 10'' x 12' 2'' (3m x 3.70m)

[plus 9' 2'' x 8' 8'' (2.80m x 2.65m)]


12' 2'' x 11' 1'' (3.72m x 3.38m)


with staircase to first floor and doors to:-


12' 6'' x 9' 6'' (3.80m x 2.90m)

[max] with stainless steel sink.


9' 1'' x 6' 8'' (2.76m x 2.03m)

with low level flush wc, pedestal hand wash basin and shower tray only (no shower).


19' 10'' x 8' 2'' (6.05m x 2.50m)


13' 9'' x 13' 4'' (4.18m x 4.06m)


14' 0'' x 12' 5'' (4.26m x 3.79m)

door to:-


12' 1'' x 11' 1'' (3.68m x 3.39m)


The property enjoys a broad frontage and is well screened from the road by mature trees. There are lawned foregardens together with a gated and hardcore driveway which also extends along the side of the property providing plenty of parking - see photos.


Expansive lawns gently slope away form the property meeting a stream (seasonal) at the rear boundary. The gardens are also surrounded by trees - both owned and neighbouring - giving a very high degree of privacy.


See floor plan and photos.


[front] This is thought to have originally been a Forge, Brew House or Bake House and, possibly, even had some historic living accommodation above.


[rear] A single storey open fronted building.


Mains water and electricity are connected. Private drainage.

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