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Boutique Agency Appointment To The Square

07/09/2018

An experienced estate agent, who is passionate about people and property, has joined Balfours Estate Agency.

Annie Williams, who has practiced in the public and private sectors, including working for the second largest estate agency in the country, has joined Balfours as a sales assistant and viewer. She is based in the Boutique Estate Agency’s office in Shrewsbury’s Square.

Originating from Staffordshire, Annie settled in Shropshire ten years ago. This was after raising her family in Oxfordshire, she explains: “Since moving to Shropshire and with grown up sons I can again concentrate on my career. People are my passion and I love being involved in property. As an agent it is hugely satisfying to be part of a new chapter as a sale is brought to fruition, achieving client aspirations as keys change hands.”

For Annie, home is a house which her husband built near Wellington and where they now live with two spaniels. The couple’s lifestyle ethos is driven by a positive work life balance, punctuated with travelling and camping.

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Two Bedroom Cottage Ludlow Town Centre

06/09/2018

St Mary’s Cottage is a two bedroom home found in the centre of Ludlow. Situated on Camp Lane, the property includes off road parking and a mature garden, particularly enjoyed from the conservatory and terrace.

On the market with Balfours with a guide price of £315,000, this character cottage enjoys a living room with open fireplace, a kitchen/breakfast room, entrance hall with shower room off, utility area and a conservatory/family room.  On the first floor are two bedrooms, one with a built in wardrobe.

Agent, Balfours Ludlow sales manager, Scott Kemsley, says: “For anyone seeking a central location, this two bedroom cottage is a charming and rare find, particularly with dedicated parking and a charming tucked away garden.”

Camp Lane is one of Ludlow’s sought after residential areas, and enables easy access to the charm of this historic market town with independent shops, restaurants and a strong hold on culture including the internationally acclaimed Ludlow Festival.

Stunning countryside surrounds Ludlow which boasts its own National Hunt race and golf courses. Rail and road links mean that the Midlands, London, Cardiff and Manchester are all comfortably accessible. Call Balfours on 01584 707100.

For more information visit our Property Sales Page.

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St Marys Living Room

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Coracle World Championship – Full Race Card

04/09/2018

The Coracle World Championship has a capacity race-card with 48 teams from across Shropshire entered and ready to make a splash in the River Severn, next Friday, September 14.

Launched from Pengwern Boat Club, preparations are well underway with each team raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – in hope of beating last year’s mammoth achievement of £33,700.

With racing commencing at 2.30pm each team has four members, with each member having to paddle the coracle across the Severn, in relay. Macmillan support fund raiser, Kate Thomas explains: “We have six fabulous colourful coracles, so we will run the event in five heats, followed by the final. The coracle is a shallow roundish shaped one man boat designed centuries ago – they tend to be pretty precarious, particularly at speed, so provide fantastic spectator sport.”

There are a number of facets to the competition, not only the relay race across the Severn, there is also a prize for fancy dress. The most coveted prize is the Richard Bayliss trophy for the team raising the greatest sponsorship, in honour of the late founder of the Coracle World Championship.

Richard’s colleague, Balfours partner, Tim Perkins says: “It was typical of Richard, with his sense of fun closely coupled to his generosity and determination to help others that he persuaded a collection of Shrewsbury companies to paddle back in 2008. The unique event, coupled with his drive quickly made it a feature in Shrewsbury’s business calendar – to-date raising more than £230,000.

“Sadly, Richard himself was cruelly diagnosed with cancer and lost his battle to the disease in 2015, so we are immensely proud that it has the tremendous support with teams representing business from throughout Shropshire, including this year’s main sponsors Galliers Homes.”

Donations can be made on the Balfours Just Giving Page, or come along on the day September 14 – and enjoy a fun afternoon on the banks of the Severn.

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Pictured left to right: Jack Cooper, Becca Morley, Bryony Davenport, Scott Kemsley

 

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Three Bedroom Farmhouse To Let

03/09/2018

Balfours has launched to let a handsome, stone fronted, three bedroom farmhouse, within easy reach of Shrewsbury.

Acton Lea Farmhouse is situated ten miles north of Shrewsbury in the hamlet of Acton Lea and near the picturesque village of Preston Brockhurst. True to its rural location, the farmhouse benefits from an Aga and a woodburning stove, plus of course, central heating.

The accommodation comprises a newly fitted kitchen, two reception rooms, a utility and hallways, plus a cloakroom. There are three bedrooms, one of which has a through room, ideal to use as a dressing room or study. There is a family bathroom. The staircase ascends to the attic where there are two large rooms ideal for storage.

Balfours Head of Lettings, Charlotte George comments: “The farmhouse benefits from many traditional features, such as high ceilings and stone fireplaces. Each of the reception rooms benefits from a glazed door to the garden – which is a large and private area. There is also a double garage. Acton Lea Farmhouse is available to let at £1,100pcm, call Balfours on 01743 277069.

For further information please visit our Property Lettings Page.

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Acton Lea reception room

Acton Lea kitchen

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Autumn Newsletter 2018

27/08/2018

The Balfours Autumn Newsletter is now available to read online.

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Up-cycling To Achieve Rural Dwellings And Income Stream

23/08/2018

A redundant grain silo and a steel frame barn are ways farmers and landowners are thinking outside the “loose” box when converting redundant agricultural buildings, under the recently updated Class Q prior notification system.

Charlotte Jacob associate land agent with Balfours, says that while full planning for five dwellings would cost in planning fees, in excess of £2,300, the cost under prior notification is just £96 for five dwellings. She explains: “Going for permitted development Class Q does stack up; not only financially but also in timeliness. While a full planning application decision can take more than two months, prior notification will take no more than 42 days from receipt.”

This year there are three key amendments - relating to increased area eligible for conversion, the ability to make significant interior revamps and removing references to structural strength - all serve to make Class Q permitted development rights even more attractive.

She adds: “Previously three dwellings were allowed not exceeding 450 square metres, however this year’s amendment are significant allowing up to five dwellings not exceeding a cumulative area of 865 square metres.”

According to Charlotte the new amendments could be greatly beneficial to farmers and landowners offering an opportunity to convert to residential without the expense of a full planning application – and to upcycle farm buildings not previously considered. The development does not have to be within the development boundary and the Local Planning authority has 42 days to make a decision.

She says:  “There are considerations, including that the site must have been in agricultural use since March 2013 and that the owner will be subject to limitations on their agricultural permitted development rights .”

“The key point is to seek professional advice so that you don’t overlook any small print. We all know barn conversions can contribute to meeting housing supply needs, which are much needed in rural areas; it is also an opportunity for farms and estates to diversify –providing the opportunity for a very different income stream, even from a redundant silo,” Charlotte concludes.

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