Extending to approximately 25 acres (10.1ha) Water Lane offers a site with potential for a range of uses. The site is currently used as a coarse and trout fish farm, but could be used for other leisure uses. The property comprises a 3 bedroom, architect designed house, 30 ponds, a number of outbuildings and 590m of river frontage.
Water Lane is located to the east of the village of Burton Bradstock (2 miles) approximately 5 miles east of Bridport and 14 miles west of Weymouth and 13 miles south west of Dorchester.
The market town of Bridport has a wide, vibrant and eclectic cultural mix of events, exhibitions and entertainment. It is also a Gateway Town for the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast. West Bay has a small harbour suitable for pleasure crafts and fishing boats, with large stretches of shingle beaches either side. Serviced by local amenities, shops, pubs and restaurants.
Water Lane is situated approx. 1.5 miles inland from the Jurassic coast in a rural location with an unspoilt view along the Bride Valley. The property sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the River Bride running along the southern boundary.
The property is accessed via a private drive off Bredy Road.
Based on a Dorset Long Barn with a vaulted roof lined in quarter sawn Columbia Pine, the dwelling was built for the owner in 1983. It is located on the eastern side of the site, overlooking the ponds and the Bride Valley. The living accommodation is open plan, arranged over two floors and comprises the following:
Adjacent to the dwelling is a steel portal frame building (12 x 18m) with concrete floor, concrete block walls and steel cladding, with a fibre cement roof.
The building is currently used partly as a workshop with office, two tank rooms, and feed store. A mezzanine floor covers a large part of the building, providing staff accommodation for occasional use, in the form of a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
2 bay storage barn, block and timber construction.
The coarse fish farm consists of 30 clay lined earth ponds connected by grass banks. The ponds range in size from 600-5,000m2 (total area 13.5 acres) with a maximum depth of 1.2m. Production capacity is up to around 7 tonnes of carp. All ponds (except one) have independent water supply and drainage. Nine concrete tanks (opposite the work shop/feedstore) are used for grading and holding coarse fish prior to delivery.
The trout farm comprises a further three large concrete raceways used for the production of approximately 35-40 tonnes of table fish.
The water supply is from the River Bride. The farm has a license to abstract 24,000m3 / day and a total of 6,100,000 m3 p.a. Current charges for the abstraction and discharge licenses is £6,000 p.a.
Stock is available at valuation, by separate negotiation. An estimate of the current stocking levels is available upon request.
With removal of the banks and re-landscaping, a number of ponds could easily be amalgamated to form larger lakes used for trout or coarse fishing. (Subject to planning). Alternatively, some of the ponds could be levelled and the land put back to pasture for equestrian use. The property could also be used as a mixture of water and land for a private nature reserve or semi-commercial leisure/recreational uses.
The sale of trout accounts for approx. 60% and carp 40%. The turnover for the past 2 years shows an average turnover in the region of £180,000 Full accounts available to interested parties after viewing.
Mains water, electricity, oil fired central heating/mutli stove. Private drainage system.
Energy Performance Rating - D
Council Tax—Band G
The permission for the dwelling (1/W/80/48) is subject to an agricultural occupancy condition: The occupation of the dwelling shall be limited to a person solely or mainly employed or last employed prior to retirement, in the locality in agriculture as defined in section 290 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, or in forestry (including any dependants).
West Dorset District Council
South Walks House
South Walks Road
Telephone: 01305 251010
Photographs taken: 2016
Particulars prepared: December 2016
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