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Our iconic British rural landscape is sadly increasingly blighted by dumped fridges, sofas or heaped black bin bags. Although fly tipping is certainly not a new phenomenon the number of incidents is rapidly rising and this is causing a considerable financial burden on local councils, landowners and occupiers.

The most recent DEFRA survey on fly tipping indicated an annual increase of over 4% of reported cases across England, together with a National Statistics survey demonstrating a 14% increase of cases across Wales.  It is estimated that the cost to English Councils to clear fly tipping was £49.8 million in the 2015/16 financial year[1]; the estimated cost to private landowners is between £50-150 million[2].

The law surrounding the duty of care to dispose of fly tipping is clear, with Councils having a responsibility for areas known as “relevant land”. This is defined as land where all three of the following apply: Open to the air on at least one side; under direct control of the council; publicly accessible -with or without payment.

Landowners and occupiers are therefore responsible to remove all waste outside of “relevant land”.  Council’s and the Environment Agency do have the ability to serve notice on landowners to clear fly tipped waste within a specified time, or to remove the waste and seek reimbursement.  With the law in mind it is not surprising that the NFU estimate that two thirds of all farmers have been affected by fly tipping, or that the cost for disposing of waste on private land far eclipses the costs to local authorities. 

As you might anticipate the predominant instances of fly tipping on private land are in areas close to urban conurbations.  Land or buildings with little or no security and are easily accessible; particularly farm tracks, yards and open gateways are attractive prospects to any fly tipper. 

Therefore making sites secure is, of course, a considerable deterrent. However with ever increasing cost to legally dispose of waste persistence to illegally dispose is escalating too.  A number of insurers do provide fly tipping cover and it is worth investigating should you be concerned that you are in an area where instances are prevalent.  Frances Steer is an associate land agent with Balfours, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595773/Flytipping_201516_statistical_release.pdf

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN05672/SN05672.pdf

 
Friday, 12 May 2017 11:21

Powerful size and prowess

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Leondari Manor – lives up to its name conjuring strength, kudos and command within its spacious rooms and extensive grounds.

Located in Hadnall, just five miles north of Shrewsbury the property was built by the present owners to exacting standards. A porch provides the welcome into the spacious hallway with all ground floor rooms leading off.

Each of the principle rooms is of generous capacity the kitchen spanning nearly seven metres by five, with French doors and outlooks to the large garden. The lounge is of similar capacity and outlooks, with the dining room set between the two and having access from the kitchen and hallway.

There are four bedrooms on the first floor, one en-suite and a family bathroom. A master suite on the second floor of Leondari Manor roars its dominance – with en-suite, walk in wardrobes, sauna and study – the true den of dominance.

To the fore of the property is a double car bay a detached brick double garage with electric doors, workshop, store room shower room and lean to shed. Situated within the bounds of the private garden with picture pool is a large brick under slate outbuilding with three sets of French doors, which could make a great home office, gym, or hobby room.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours says: “This is a very well presented property in a highly accessible location with amenities on hand within the village, while Shrewsbury, Telford, the Midlands and the North are all highly accessible.”

Leondari Manor is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £655,000. For more information call Duncan on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 12 May 2017 11:01

Rare opportunity ticks all the boxes

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A unique opportunity to purchase five grade II listed cottages, six miles south of Shrewsbury, requiring total refurbishment, with additional development potential,  has been launched to the market by Balfours.

Numbers One to Six, Lower Fold Dorrington are set in an extensive 1.6 acre plot hidden in the heart of the village; yet only minutes from many local amenities including primary school, shops and the main trunk road, 1 to 6 Lower Fold is full of appeal.

Head of sales, Alistair Hilton says: “This is a rare opportunity and fascinating project in the making, the cottages date back to the 17th century, but essentially these cottages have been lost in time during the 20th century.  With the plot extending to 1.6 acres there is development potential to the garden and Orchard, enhanced by the availability of new road access to Lower Fold from Falkland Road.

Lower Fold benefits from open views to the east over Cound Brook, with open countryside and mature trees beyond. The property is being marketed with a guide price of £400,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:57

House project with paddocks

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Stables, barn and paddock are among the assets of a four bedroom house at Minsterley.

Rosebank, a pretty and tucked away property is an open canvas for modernisation. The welcome is into a wonderfully spacious entrance hallway, two reception rooms and a conservatory are serviced by the kitchen, utility and downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs four double bedrooms are serviced by the family bathroom, plus there is a tucked away study.

On the market with Balfours, agent, Scott Kemsley, says: “Rosebank is a fantastic opportunity to maximise a great location and space. It offers two and a half acres of garden and paddocks, plus stables and wonderful views of countryside, yet with Minsterley amenities in walking distance and Shrewsbury just ten miles. The area enjoys good road access with the A488 leading to the A5 which connects to the national motorway network via the M54.

“The property is close to the Shropshire Hills which is an Area of Outstanding Beauty. This area is loved by locals and visitors alike for its quality of environment, for walking and activities of all levels.”

Rosebank is marketed with a guide price of £425,000; for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 05 May 2017 09:03

Lostford Manor a happy heritage

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A charming manor house, combining traditional timber frame with later additions, Lostford Manor, Tern Hill, is a six bedroom home, plus leisure amenities and a barn with planning permission.

On the market with Balfours, agent Duncan Scobie says: “This is a fabulous character property, with well-proportioned rooms. Add to this its proximity, less than 20 miles from the M6 and major towns including Stoke, Telford and Shrewsbury and you have significant appeal.”

This impressive property in the rural hamlet of Mickley, is approached via its own drive. It also has its own paddocks, loose boxes, tennis court and garaging. The entrance hallway gives access to the main reception rooms, while a rear hallway provides access to the spacious “U” shaped kitchen breakfast room with direct link to the dining room.

Ground-floor accommodation encompasses a stunning drawing room with two pairs of French doors and fireplaces. The garden room links through to the sunroom, while the office can be accessed from both the kitchen breakfast room and externally. Cleverly arranged are the boot room, laundry room and wc; while a second wc has external access only.

In addition to the main staircase ascending from the hallway a second staircase is found, adjacent to the service rooms. On the first floor are two en-suite rooms, the master-room with balcony; a third bedroom and the family bathroom. Two additional bedrooms are on the second floor and two attic rooms offer great storage or alternative use.

Balfours are marketing Lostford Manor with a guide price of £875,000, including detached barn with planning, for more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Friday, 05 May 2017 08:56

The pull of Porthill

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Porthill Road is a popular address with good reason – convenience and convivial living within walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre. Balfours are marketing one such property, Prestbury, 55 Porthill Road, with a guide price of £585,000.

Built in the Arts and Crafts era, much revered for satisfying quality design and craftsmanship, the entrance hall of this double fronted semi-detached sets the scene with its generous dimensions from which each of the three reception rooms can be accessed, as is the downstairs cloakroom.

At 35 square metres the sitting room is of very pleasant proportions, with a bay window incorporating French doors into the south facing garden. Across the hallway the dining room shares similar orientation overlooking the garden. The breakfast room opens through to the kitchen and to the utility, the latter pair are not original to the build, but have achieved that seamless and flowing layout we all aspire to.

On the first floor there are two en-suite bedrooms plus an additional bedroom which shares the family bathroom with a fourth bedroom on the second floor. The second floor also offers a long study or playroom space.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is an enchanting property, of quality and character and in an excellent location, particularly renowned for its extensive choice of private and state schooling. With such a fabulous walk into Shrewsbury town centre, the car may spend more time in the property’s garage, though when it is required Shrewsbury’s ring roads are highly accessible.” he adds.

For more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:22

Open plan overlooking open countryside

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Open plan living is on offer in a flexi four/five bedroom contemporary property.

Situated in the pretty rural hamlet of Dovaston, near Kinnerly, North Shropshire, “Wellfield” provides a large open living space of kitchen, dining and sitting room with patio doors to the raised decked terrace. Balfours agent, Duncan Scobie acknowledges: “This is a great family space with focal points including a well equipped kitchen and at the opposite end a wood burner.”

A second log burner is to be found in the lounge, where a bay window ensures a light and airy room. Currently an additional reception room is used as a study, but could provide formal dining. An entrance hall, downstairs cloakroom and utility complete the ground floor. The first floor comprises of a master room with en-suite and an additional four bedrooms, one of which is currently used as an office.  

Approached via a gravel driveway, amenities include carport and garage, garden to the front and a large garden, laid mainly to lawn to the rear. The house is located eight miles from Oswestry and 11 miles from Shrewsbury and offers a quiet village location, overlooking farmland.  Neighbouring Kinnerley and Knockin provide a superb range of local amenities, including primary school, post office, shop and Cricket  Club.

Wellfield is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £420,000. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 08:56

Balfours reel in new appointment

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Balfours has appointed Katie Richardson to its residential sales department.

Katie who will be based in Balfours office at The Square, Shrewsbury, joins the team as a sales administrator. She brings with her four years’ experience in Birmingham’s residential letting market.

Since then she has spent two years travelling and working in Canada and America with her partner who is a fly fishing tackle designer.

Katie explains: “We did a lot of travelling, concluding in Hawaii. However it is now great to live and work in Shrewsbury – it is a fabulous town. We are enjoying the town and its wonderful restaurants, plus great countryside with exceptional walking and of course fishing is on the agenda too, especially with Wales so close.”

Head of sales at Balfours Alistair Hilton says: “Katie is a great match for our business bringing excellent skills, she is also hugely personable and we are delighted to welcome her to the sales team.”

Monday, 01 May 2017 08:44

Bond’s skyfall at Edge Farm

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An impeccable James Bond style country house, with its own skyfall private runway and helicopter access, set within 44 acres is on the market with Balfours.

Edge Farm is located 40 miles west of Birmingham, at East Wall, the stunning contemporary country house, is the dream build of Phil and Pauline Broome. The couple were attracted to South Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which also combined Phil’s need to create a runway, enabling him to test aircraft brought over from the USA.

Growing from humble roots in Wellington, Phil’s intriguing mix of wheeling and dealing commenced at an early age; first in old coins and gradually to motor bikes and cars, by which time he had graduated in electronic engineering. His career and affinity to his home county is strong and led to him setting up a computer company in Telford in 1993, ultimately selling out to Xerox.

However the driver for Edge Farm was borne out of a visit to America when this entrepreneur recalls: “We were on holiday in the States and I ended up owning a couple of aircraft companies, as a result I needed 400 metres a place for testing aircraft, with some flat land. 

One year later, in 2010 they acquired Edge Farm and the couple set about replacing the existing farmhouse with a twenty first century energy efficient property designed to their specification. Key to that was a cinema room and from Pauline’s wish list a very large kitchen. Both have been achieved with panache.

The project took three years and despite a lavish finish includes fastidious specifications to insulation, underfloor heating and thermal storage. Two 26KW wood-burners are backed by a sustainable source of woodland on the farm.

Agent, Duncan Scobie of Balfours, “Edge Farm wants for nothing, it is located in a fabulous private location between Church Stretton and Much Wenlock, yet only 40 miles from Birmingham. Residential accommodation extends to 9,000 square feet over four levels and fully embraces the very latest technology.”

Phil explains: “My wife always says the kitchen is the best she has ever had and it is our favourite part of the house.” With bi-fold walls of glass natural light plays on the sleek and easy clean polished stone floors and granite worktops. A true kitchen breakfast room there is an abundance of space to relax or entertain in too. The ground floor accommodates a further three reception rooms, plus a hugely generous reception hall. Each of the three bedrooms on the first floor is accessed off the gallery landing; all are en-suite with the master suite incorporating a dressing room.

There are a further four bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. The jewel of the basement is of course the high spec cinema room; there is also a games rooms, large office, plus laundry, plant and store rooms.

For Phil and Pauline Edge Farm has been a magical experience: “The wildlife is quite priceless, from the balcony we can watch the swans and geese on the pond at the bottom of the garden. We have also enjoyed our own flock of pedigree Ryeland sheep, this year introducing Chocolate Ryelands which has been great fun. However now semi-retired, the couple are seeking a new adventure, as a result Edge Farm, East Wall, is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £2m. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:06

Unique tower in parkland

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Have you ever fancied your very own castle tower, The Tower, Apley Park is offering just that, near Bridgnorth.

Impressive from the outside and stunning from the inside, this four bedroom home is found in the stunning traditional landscape with 17 acres of communal parkland. The property which is designed out over four floors - remember it is a tower - has been launched to the market by Balfours with a guide price of £350,000.

On the ground floor a wonderful light dining hall, with panoramic glazed frontage and vaulted ceiling provides an impressive backdrop for entertaining. Also on the ground floor is the kitchen breakfast room with granite worktops and a range of “built-in” appliances.

On the first floor the living room boasts a gothic style window with great views and woodburner. The family bathroom and a bedroom/study are also to be found on the first floor. Ascending to the second floor a further bedroom is currently configured as two bedrooms, plus an en-suite bathroom.

TheTower‘s crowning glory is the fourth floor master bedroom with en-suite. This is where you could wake to a vaulted ceiling and four stone mullion crucifix windows, giving a 360 degree views over the Apley Estate.


Agent, Scott Kemsley says: “This is a very unique and well-presented property, situated within a courtyard, with fantastic parkland walks. The facilities of Bridgnorth and Telford are both within an easy commute, as are the major road networks.”

For more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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