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Sale by Tender

Land for sale Residential Development Site, Lewdown EX20

266,152 sq. ft

Property location

  • Lew Trenchard Church of England Primary School0.1 miles
  • Bridestowe Primary School3.8 miles
  • Okehampton9.8 miles
  • Devonport Ferry Terminal19.6 miles

Features and description

  • Freehold
The site


This is a superb opportunity to acquire a brownfield development site with two outline planning permissions (Refs. 1199/18/opa & 1666/20/opa) for residential development situated on the eastern edge of the village of Lewdown, just to the north of Lewtrenchard and on the North Western edge of Dartmoor National Park. The site is the former Jethros Club and Motel, just off the old main A30 road (prior to the new bypass) between Okehampton (circa 10 miles) and Launceston (circa 8 miles) and just to the north of the market town of Tavistock (circa 10 miles).

The site falls from the main road along the northern boundary down to the southern boundary and has various buildings on the site which used to form part of the Jethros club and associated motel buildings. The part of the site which is covered by the two planning permissions extends to approximately 2.47 hectares (6.11 acres) and is illustrated approximately by the red line on the aerial photographs and Ordnance Survey plan.

The vendors also own the bungalow and paddock in the south east of the site (approximately highlighted in blue on the aerial photographs and Ordnance Survey plan) and this may be available by negotiation if required by the developer. With this extra land the total site area is approximately 3.35 hectares (8.28 acres).
Lewdown


The site is ideally located for life in the thriving village of Lewdown and has great communication links to the nearby A30 dual carriageway to Cornwall to the west and Exeter (circa 30 miles) and the M5 to the east, being approximately midway between the Exeter and Bodmin.

Though it is just outside the National Park boundaries, Lewdown is a Dartmoor village, on the hills that separate the valleys of the River Lew and the River Thrushel about halfway between Okehampton and Launceston. The countryside around the village is gently rolling agricultural land providing grazing for cattle and sheep, with patches of woodland. It is thought to be the Saxons who established the village, one of their earliest settlements in the Devon area. Lewdown and Lewtrenchard stretch towards one another, and are in the same parish, the latter with a rather grand Elizabethan manor house, now a hotel. The village has a gastro-pub that has gained a lot of recognition and some awards, and a couple of other pubs.
Planning & technical


West Devon Borough Council granted Outline Planning Permission (Ref.1199/18/opa) for residential
development to include demolition of the existing buildings (on the northern part of the site) at Jethros
Coach House, Lewdown, EX20 4DS on 16th April 2020.

A subsequent Outline Planning Application (Ref.1666/20/opa) to West Devon Borough Council was granted on 25th January 2021, with some matters reserved, for residential development for up to 30 dwellings, to include demolition of former motel buildings (on the southern part of the site) to achieve a cohesive residential development in line with approval 1199/18/opa, at Jethros Coach House, Lewdown, Okehampton, EX20 4DS.

There are Section 106 legal agreements associated to both planning permissions which include 30% affordable housing requirement (65% social rent and 35% intermediate), early years, primary and secondary education contributions, secondary education transport contributions, open space, sport and recreation contributions, landscape and ecology management plan. The contributions are indexed linked and calculated in relation to the number of dwellings (or qualifying dwellings) with formulas for each contribution and are detailed in the S106 documents within the technical pack.

A phase 1 preliminary risk assessment was carried out as part of the planning process and a further intrusive ground investigation report including percolation testing and water monitoring boreholes has been commissioned by the vendors with the fieldwork carried out on 26th March 2021. The report is anticipated to be available soon and will be added to the Technical pack once it is available and will be assignable to the eventual purchasers.

A full technical pack including copies of the planning papers, permissions, S106 agreements, utility information, topographic survey, preliminary risk assessment and phase 2 ground investigation report is available from the agents upon request.
Method of sale


Conditional (subject to planning) and unconditional offers are invited for this freehold property with offers to be submitted on or before midday on Friday 11th June 2021. All offers should be addressed to the agents and marked "Informal Tender - Lewdown".

Please note that VAT will be chargeable on the sale.
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