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Professionals Briefing at The Balfours Xtra Seminar


How to successfully negotiate a compulsory purchase “notice to treat” was among the topics presented to some 40 Herefordshire professionals.

Compulsory purchase among rural matters briefing to professionals

The Balfours Xtra event, held in Hereford recently (Nov 27,) was aimed at linking professionals, including solicitors, bankers and accountants with aspects of rural estate management. The audience heard that as the Hereford bypass preferred route debate continues surveys, involving walking over land may be acceptable, while any invasive exploration work may give rise to compensation.

Balfours associate partner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., based at the Whitfield office told the audience: “Where invasive work is to be undertaken access agreements should be in place. There could well be compounds required too and only too frequently the space required is more than anticipated. It is wise to employ an agent from the outset to ensure fair compensation, which will include agent fees incurred,” he adds.

Once landowners are served a notice to treat they must be on their metal to respond within 21 days. He explains: “As some will know, a notice to treat cannot be served on a solicitor or agent. It has to be on the landowner who has just 21 days to act on that notice; during lambing or potato harvest that time can soon disappear.

“Again it is advisable to seek professional guidance in responding to the notice to treat,  in order to ensure correct information is submitted – incorrect and lack of information can lead to possible penalties. Mitigating losses through compensation can be claimed by owners and most tenants, but not graziers,” he adds

Bryn explained that whilst compensation for land or property taken is set at open market value, there are additional elements that make up a claim for compensation following compulsory purchase. Such claims may include depreciation in value to retained property and for disturbance caused during the construction works.”  

Speakers also revealed the strength of the Herefordshire and borders property market, for unique properties and those with land, throughout 2018 and the lucrative opportunities of alternative enterprises, for property in the right location.

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Exclusive Barns For Sale In Shifnal


An exclusive development of four barns, in a prime location at Coalport, Shifnal has been launched to the market. Three of the four barns come with paddocks and all with stunning views, plus fibre broadband and underfloor heating on the ground floor.

Barns Exude Personality And Lifestyle Appeal

On the market with Balfours, Sonnet is the first barn to be completed. This four bedroom property enjoys imaginative living space finished to an impressive standard. The kitchen breakfast room is well equipped and includes an island and contemporary finish. The adjoining dining room and double doors to the living room offer a superb entertaining space.

On the first floor the master-room is en-suite, while the family bathroom benefits from bath and shower; Sonnet comes with gardens, front and rear terrace and a 4.1 acre paddock. It is marketed with a guide price of £649,995. 

Mapletime is marketed at £615,000 and comes with a spectacular living room, open to the eaves, with gallery landing overlooking; three of the four bedrooms are on the first floor, including master room en-suite dressing and bathroom. Other assets include private driveway, parking and generous garden, plus 1.8 acre paddock.

Agent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.comments: “The barns are of exceptional quality and in a stunning location, within the rolling Shropshire hills and close to the River Severn. Each property has been sensitively crafted, embracing the barns’ idiosyncrasies, to enhance lifestyle in the most pleasing way. Each includes cart-shed garaging.”

Yorkdale provides a luxurious three bedroom home with a three acre paddock and guide price of £495,000. The fourth barn, Montdore, successfully expresses the enchanting history of this three bedroom barn conversion, which is marketed at £475,000, including, parking and garden.

The Barns at Coalport are found just 1.5 miles off the A41 (Bridgnorth) and located six miles from Telford, while Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury are 18 and 21 miles respectively. Four golf courses are among the many lifestyle facilities within the locality.

For further details please visit our Property Sales Page.



Sonnet Living Room

Sonnet Living Room


Sonnet Kitchen

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Bubbles for Winner of Best Dressed Tree


Shropshire’s great annual Christmas tree competition has been launched with the chance to win a case of champagne.

Balfours and Tanners are once again throwing down the bauble to seek out the very best dressed Christmas tree. Abigail Barker, residential sales office manager explains: “Entering couldn’t be easier, simply upload a photo of your Christmas tree to Instagram.

“Decking out a Christmas tree is a wonderful tradition and one which every family interprets in a different way – to create a centre piece for the home.  Last year we received some wonderful entries and we are looking forward to even more this year.”

Entries close on Wednesday, December 19 and can be submitted by anyone 18 years and over, though Abbie is quick to point out that younger members of the family can of course help decorate the tree. “We have six bottles of Tanners Champagne for the winner – a true launch pad for anyone’s Christmas.” Follow instagram @balfours_propertyprofessionals and @tanners.wines and share your pictures use #balfoursbestdressed to enter or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Farming Talk, Scott Kemsley


As we head for the final month on this year’s calendar I am inclined to reflect on a glass more than half full. Yes the Brexit word has given some the jitters, but do you know we have enjoyed a very positive year in land and property sales.

Rural glass is half full

Anything which is remotely unique, particularly with a few acres and including bare land has been hugely resilient with many such properties responding very well. In the last six months we have agreed a number of sales including 200 acres of  productive arable land, pasture land and amenity woodland in five lots.

We marketed as a whole Summer Court, a six bedroom farmhouse in need of total restoration, along with traditional outbuildings sitting in more than 55 acres. The hare was set running with considerable competition from outside the area. It was however a local buyer who took the selling price significantly above guide – with a bid of £1.53m.

It was encouraging to see permitted development rights that allow conversion of agricultural buildings to residential homes amended earlier this year.  Now, up to 865 square meters of floor space can be converted into a maximum of five homes. There is also further flexibility, once permission has been granted under the permitted development rights, to submit a full application to create a bigger house.

The unconverted barn is not yet on the endangered species list, but there are less coming to the market and planning is a more positive experience now than in the past; both green lights play into the hands of supply and demand.

So there may be some uncertainty and yes we would all like Europe wrapped up, but if two and a half years seems a long time; as the bugles fall silent on WWI commemorations consider the time that took, more than four years, not to mention the human cost.

It puts people “fed up” with Brexit into perspective and despite it our 2018 track record has delivered some very good deals over the line. The future is now – we simply have to embrace it!  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is an associate partner based at Bafours Ludlow office.

For further information on 2018 sales please visit our Recently Sold Properties page.


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Brockton Barn Conversion With Full Planning In Shropshire


Spectacular views are the foundations on which a barn at More Court will be designed and built.

This stunning derelict barn for sale in Shropshire has full planning for conversion into a four bedroom home. It is located in the much sought after village of Brockton, just six miles from Much Wenlock, nine miles to Bridgnorth with Shrewsbury, Ludlow and the M54 all a comfortable commute. There is a thriving primary school in the village and a strong community.

The barn is set to provide 21st century living with an open plan kitchen dining and sitting room. In addition there will be a reception hall, boot room and utility. The four bedrooms will have three en-suites and a family bathroom.

The backdrop to the large garden plot is the fabulous views over south Shropshire, offering inspiration to garden designers and gardeners alike.

On the market with Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., sales manager at our estate agents in Ludlow comments: “For anyone seeking the Kevin McCloud own development dream, then the barn at More Court is just that. It offers a fabulous space to create something unique, with full-on personal stamp.” The barn at More Court is marketed with a guide price of £250,000. Call Scott on 01584 707100.

For further information please visit our Property Sales Page.

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Four Bedroom Barn Conversion In Enviable Location


If spectacular crimson sunsets are the stage then The Dovecote is the Royal box. The apocalyptic atmosphere can be viewed from every window overlooking the garden to the Shropshire Welsh border beyond. Balfours sales manager - Ludlow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. says: “This is a most serene setting from which to reflect on the day with a glass in hand.”

This four bedroom barn conversion in an enviable location, it is only half a mile from a popular and vibrant village of Pontesbury. The arrival is to landscaped gardens with parking areas and magnificent views. Step inside through double height glazing to find a conversion brimming with character.

Partial timber framing links those views from hallway to dining room; a well-balanced room with feature inglenook and a web of beams. The kitchen breakfast room is next door, while a clever conversion of the former garage offers a utility and cloakroom, together with an en-suite bedroom.

Barn Position For Sunset Perfection

To the opposite end of the property the living room has a character inglenook, with double doors leading through to a garden room which captures those views and gives access to the wrap around terrace. Three bedrooms are found on the first floor, one is en-suite plus a family bathroom.

Balfours sales manager - Ludlow, Scott Kemsley, acknowledges: “The Dovecote is very well presented and has the added benefit of location in all senses of the word: Easy to reach road networks, with Shrewsbury just nine miles away. The village provides primary and secondary schools, butcher, bakery and restaurants, plus amazing walking and cycling in the nearby hills.”

The Dovecote is marketed with a guide price of £495,000, call Balfours estate agents Ludlow on 01584 707100.

For further information please visit our Property Sales Page.

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The Dovecote Kitchen

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