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Balcombe, West Sussex
Guide price £300,000

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• **** FOR SALE BY TENDER ON OR BEFORE 12:00PM - 26/10/2022 ****
• Compact woodland
• Subject to a Countryside Stewardship Agreement
• Subject to a Woodland Management Plan
• Access from a country lane
• Mixture of broadleaves incl Oak, Silver Birch and Hazel
• Quiet and unspoilt location
• Within the High Weald AONB
• Classed as Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland

VIEWINGS The woodland may be viewed at any time with a set of these particulars providing prior confirmation is given to the Agents Messrs RH & RW Clutton on 01342 410122/ 01342 305825. Purchasers should note there is some fallen timber and steep banks, so due care and attention must be taken when walking round.

SITUATION The woodland is readily accessible from Junction 10A on the M23 and lies 1.5 miles north of Balcombe, Handcross is 3.5 miles to the west, Haywards Heath 7 miles and East Grinstead to the east 9 miles.

DESCRIPTION Forming part of a larger block of woodland this compact parcel in a quiet and unspoilt location, yet readily accessible, was previously in a Sweet Chestnut coppicing programme. Much now is overshot, however there is a wide mix of other broadleaves including veteran Oaks, Silver birch and Hazel coppice giving the area a special character. Much clearance was done after the 1987 storm and further work has been done to keep on top of the Rhododendrons and Ash Dieback problem.

On the south-east side there is a newly deer fenced 4 acre site planted up with a mix of native broadleaves and some conifer and shrub species in 2020 that vividly illustrates the woodland's potential for future growth and regeneration once deer have been excluded from access to the whole site by deer fencing.

A wide double gated access off the adjoining country lane opens to an extensive open timber yard with a hard surface. There are limited access rides through the woodland (generally not following the routes shown on the plan). There are no buildings.

The woodland is in a Countryside Stewardship Agreement and under a Woodland Management Plan, further details of which are available from the Agents.

PLAN The plan attached is for identification purposes only. The northern and north-western boundaries are largely unfenced - the southern end being fenced against the main London-Victoria railway line emerging from a tunnel and the adjoining farmland. The Vendors will be under no obligation to define them.

TENURE & POSSESSION The property is offered freehold with vacant possession on completion.

SPORTING RIGHTS These are in-hand and included within the sale. There is a significant deer population.

RIGHTS OF WAY The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights of way with the public or private included rights of way, drainage, water, electricity supplies, covenants, restrictions and obligations and all wayleaves whether referred to or not. There are no public footpaths or other rights of way through the woodland.

WAYLEAVES The woodland is crossed by a short overhead electricity line. (NOTE: Looked at from the yard the fourth pole from the road stands approximately on the unfenced northern boundary).

MINERAL RIGHTS These are included in the sale in so far as they are owned.

TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING The woodland lies within the High Weald AONB and is also classed as Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES Mid Sussex District Council 01444 458166

West Sussex County Council 01243 777100

Forestry Commission 0300 067 4420

METHOD OF SALE The woodland is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole.

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