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Lot 1, The Strand

For sale: POA|13.33 Acre|General Industrial, Industrial

Property details

SIZE13.33 Acre
ADDRESSLot 1, The Strand, Wherstead, IP2 8NQ
TYPEGeneral Industrial, Industrial
TENUREFor Sale Freehold
POSTED ON9th March 2023


Key Points

  • Rare opportunity to acquire strategic land located on the Ipswich Urban Fringe
  • Close to the A14 trunk road and the Junction 56 interchange with the A14 and A137.
  • Close to A137 arterial road which runs between the A14 and Ipswich Town Centre
  • Nearby to Ipswich Port, Suffolk Food Hall, Suffolk Leisure Park and residential settlements
  • Opportunity for carbon offsetting and biodiversity enhancements
  • Lot 1 is income producing with large parts laid to concrete hardstanding offering further value enhancement opportunities
  • Summary

    For Sale – Lot 1 - Land at The Strand, Wherstead, Suffolk - 13.33 acres


    Lot 1 comprises a parcel of land extending to 13.33 acres (5.40 ha) known as Stevins which was originally developed in 1979 as the western compound for the construction of the Orwell Bridge, which was completed in 1982.

    Since the 1980’s the site has been used by a variety of occupiers in whole and part as compounded hard standing.

    The site is accessed by a circa 400m concrete roadway from The Strand which leads to a number of concrete pads for hardstanding and vehicle movements. In addition, there are three Nissen shelters for storage, in various forms of repair.

    Parts of the site are let to Carnell Group and Volker Highways on short term agreements and produce income totalling £82,500 pax. However, there is
    significant potential to increase the income by the letting of further areas of the site on flexible terms.

    Subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent it is believed that Stevins has potential for further commercial use. In the current Babergh District Council Local Plan (2006) the site has been allocated for hotel use under Policy RE11. The site falls within an area designated as an AONB.

    It should be noted there are 132KV power cables crossing over part of the site and Virgin Media ducting under the part of the site. There are also historic HV underground cables, however it is unknown if these are in use. Furthermore there is a public foot path which crosses the concrete access road to the east of the site.


    Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk with a population of approximately 130,000 and a catchment area of over 250,000. It occupies a strategic position close to the International Container Port of Felixstowe and the interchange of the A12 and A14 trunk roads. The town is also served by a rail service to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 75 minutes.

    This opportunity provides a portfolio of land and buildings sitting in close proximity to Ipswich and the newly upgraded Junction 56 of the A14/A137 interchange. The land offers extensive opportunities for alternative uses including Biodiversity Net Gain, Carbon Offsetting and Natural Capital opportunities, as well as more traditional commercial, amenity and agricultural uses.

    Basic Payment Scheme, Countryside Stewardship and Woodland Grant Scheme

    The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency and the vendor has historically claimed under the Basic Payment Scheme. The vendor reserves the right to claim the 2023 claim and therefore the purchaser will be obligated to comply with the cross-compliant management requirements until the 31st December 2023.

    The vendor has not entered into any Countryside Stewardship Scheme or Woodland Grant Scheme.

    Sporting Rights

    Sporting Rights are in hand and will be included in the sale.


    So far as they are available minerals are included in the sale.

    Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way

    As referred to within the description of the relevant Lots, lots 4, 5 and 6 are affected by a public footpath.

    Lots 1, 2, 4 and 5 are also affected by 132KV pylons and/or wires, as referred to in these particulars and as can be seen on the attached plan.

    In regard to Lot 2, a Right of Way is reserved in favour of the purchaser off Bourne Hill and over the adjoining land. A further Right of Way is reserved via Lot 1, providing access from the B1456. Both Rights of Way are shown hatched red on the attached plan.

    In addition to the above, there is a historic Wayleave Agreement concerning low voltage and high voltage overground and underground cables, a copy of which can be provided on request. It is understood the overground cables no longer affect the property, however, it is advised that any interested party undertakes its own research in regards to the underground cables.


    There are no services connected to Lots 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, however, given the location of the various parcels of land, it is assumed services would be within close proximity.

    Method of Sale

    The land is offered for sale as a whole or in lots by private treaty.


    It is not expected that VAT will be charged on the sale but should the sale of the property or any Rights attached to it be deemed chargeable for the purposes of VAT, this will be payable in addition to the sale price.

    Plans, Areas and Schedules

    These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The Purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale nor entitle any party to compensation. All Plans are for identification purposes only and in the event of any discrepancies between the Plans and any area, schedule, or the Land Registry the Land Registry shall prevail.

    Boundary Fencing Obligation

    Should Lots 1 and 2 be sold to separate parties, the purchaser of Lot 2 shall be obligated to fence the boundary between Lot 1 and 2 within 6 weeks of completion, with the fencing being no less than post and two strands of wire.

    Skylark Plot Obligation

    The vendor has entered into a planning obligation to provide six 5m x 5m Skylark plots on land falling within Lots 2 and 6. More information can be provided on request.

    Important Notes

    The Purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries of the property and the ownerships thereof. The property is sold subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, Ancient Monument Orders, Town Planning Schedules and resolutions that may or may not come into force. Any plans are deemed to be representative of the property, but no assumption should be made in respect of any parts of the property.

    Legal Costs

    Each party is to be responsible for their own legal costs incurred in the transaction.


    Location: Lot 1, The Strand, Wherstead, IP2 8NQ

    Ipswich (1.6 miles)

    Derby Road (2.0 miles)

    Westerfield (3.8 miles)

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