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Welcome Changes To Permitted Development Rights

23/04/2018

The farming community is to benefit from the Government’s announcement to make changes to the Permitted Development Rights, says head of planning at Balfours, Justin Stevenson.

The first change is the increase in the area of new farm buildings permitted from 465m2 to 1,000m2.  “This change has been long overdue and should help to speed up situations where new farm buildings are being erected,” explains Justin.

The other changes relates to Permitted Development Class Q - converting redundant agricultural buildings to residential units.   He continues: “The main changes are the existing floor area limit for the conversion of buildings into up to three dwellings increases slightly from 450m2 to 465m2 to bring this in line with the old permitted development rights area for farm buildings. The other change is that now it is possible to create up to five new dwellings, but these cannot each exceed 100m2 on a total area of 500m2.  Therefore with a combination of these rights the largest potential area of buildings that can be converted is 865m2.

Justin also highlights the recently issued guidance on Part Q conversions which makes it clear that internal works are not part of the approval process.   However, the ongoing issue over external works and whether these works are viewed by the Local Planning Authority as new structural additions remains.

He adds: “Whilst these relaxations are welcome, it is important to seek advice as using the Permitted Development Rights to erect a new farm building closes off options for Part Q conversions and vice versa.” To discuss this further please call Justin Stevenson on 01743 241181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Exclusive Executive Development In Well Positioned Hamlet

13/04/2018

Aunique and exciting development opportunity to build three executive homes in the pretty hamlet of Grafton near Shrewsbury, has recently come to market. The residential development land comes with full planning permission within the 0.63 acre plot.

Marketed by Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton explains: “This is a great semi-rural location where the countryside is unspoilt offering diverse surroundings of fields, woodlands and the River Perry running to the north. This is a good match for exclusive executive homes where the occupants will ultimately be seeking lifestyle choices too.”

Grafton is conveniently situated just two miles from Baschurch with services including shops, public house, garage, primary and secondary schools. There is also an excellent choice of private schools within ten miles, plus more in the county town of Shrewsbury some seven miles south of Grafton.

Further opportunity exists with additional land available to the north of the plot, subject to planning and separate negotiation. Balfours are marketing the site with a guide price of £400,000. For more information and planning pack call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Grafton Main

Grafton Land

Grafton Land 2

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E-News Opt In To Continue Receiving

12/04/2018

If you would like to continue receiving this e-news-letter we need you to act now. On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation kicks in, enabling you to regulate the information you receive and preventing exploitation of your personal profile data. For companies who flout the protection there will be tough fines.

We require your consent in order that we can continue to send you our monthly e-news property sales updates – which we hope you find of value and invite you to action below.

Currently, the UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Since then the digital age has become a game changer, with companies like Facebook and Google swapping data access to millions of personal details.

To counter trading this data the GDPR is the result of four years drafting of EU legislation, somewhat ironic as we leave, but it will make data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.  When the legislation comes into effect, controllers must ensure personal data is processed lawfully, transparently, and for a specific purpose.

Once that purpose is fulfilled and the data is no longer required, it should be deleted. That’s good news for all of us who utilise the old dynamic of engaging with valued contacts who value us, now with enhanced digitized capabilities.

In theory thereafter junk mail, postal and email will be a thing of the past and, cherish the thought, no more nuisance cold calls. While this dream maybe a little too optimistic, the primary aim of the GDPR is to give control of your personal data back to you.

Please look to the bottom of the e-newsletter to update your preferences. In addition, should you wish to continue, or start receiving Balfours hardcopy biannual newsletter by post, then once again we need you to opt in by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Hot Topic

06/04/2018

Greater energy efficiency has become law, from April 1, under new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for rental properties.

However, Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, says many landlords and tenants are unaware of the implications of the new energy efficiency laws for all new lets and tenancy renewals. The law will also apply to all existing tenancies from April 1, 2020.

Charlotte explains: “Essentially from now on all new and renewed lets must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above, before granting a new let or renewing a tenancy. Without it landlords are leaving themselves open to a fine of up to £4,000.”

She continues: “At Balfours we have been very diligent in advising current landlords of the new law.” However she says that according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), last year, 64,092 EPCs were rated at grade F or G – the two lowest ratings. “This indicates that many rental properties may require improvements in order to comply with the new energy efficiency laws.

“There is a serious lack of understanding and awareness of EPCs and the new energy efficiency laws – it simply isn’t being treated as a hot-topic. We are encouraging landlords to take the opportunity as soon as a property comes available to let, or re-let, to ensure that the EPC is rated E or above to remain within the law.

“There are a number of measures, including enhancing insulation and glazing of a property which can significantly improve the EPC rating to ensure rental properties meet the new legislation,” she adds. For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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One Of The Oldest Homes In The Village

05/04/2018

Some properties are an integral part of the village – and the grade II timber framed Smithy House, is one such property. It is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The four bedroom 17th century house is found in Ruyton XI Towns, a large village which provides a raft of facilities, including primary and prep schools, village store, garage and Inn. A selection of private and state secondary schools is also to be found within a 15 mile radius. Oswestry and Shrewsbury are each a comfortable commute of some ten miles.

Set within a quarter of an acre of mature gardens and grounds, Smithy House has three main reception rooms plus a conservatory, kitchen, pantry and ground floor wet room. Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “From the sandstone inglenooks and conservatory base to the wonderful web of timbers, this is a very unique and charming property. It is well laid out with each of the reception rooms of good proportions.

An ivy covered archway leads to the rear garden, an oasis where lawns are laced by specimen trees and an abundance of shrubs.  Duncan adds: “Smithy House has a fascinating history, starting life as a two bay thatched home, then a farmhouse, after which until the mid-1950s it was a blacksmiths home with workshop - now replaced with a driveway and garage.

Smithy House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £355,000, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Smithy House Main

Smithy House Rear

Smithy House Conservatory

Smithy House Lounge

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Unique School House In Popular Village

03/04/2018

Charming gothic style windows with equilateral mullion design generates a very unique four bedroom home.

The grade II listed Old School House may have lost its playground, but instead boasts its very own swimming pool. This little piece of architectural social history is located in the sought after village of Acton Burnell, equi-distance to Shrewsbury and Church Stretton. 

There are many wow factors and unique offerings within the characterful conversion, not least the former school room which today provides a spacious split level sitting room and dining room. Agent Scott Kemsley of Balfours says: “For anyone seeking a home with history in its very fabric, this is a wonderful opportunity; it does require some modernisation, giving the new occupant the opportunity to add their personal taste.”

The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, four reception rooms, kitchen, conservatory, three double bedrooms, with one en-suite a single bedroom and family bathroom. There is a double garage and log store.

The swimming pool is cloistered within mature gardens, plus vegetable patch and greenhouse. The property is located centrally within the village and enjoys its own approach and parking.  Local amenities are to be found within the village with private and state school available within a seven mile radius.

The Old School House is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £450,000. For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Old School House Main

Old School House Pool

Old School House Lounge

Old School House Dining Room

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