Residential Development Site, Bogangreen, Coldingham, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5QB
Coldingham (population approximately 700) is a picturesque Berwickshire conservation village with a range of local services including a village store, pub, garage and primary school. The larger town of Eyemouth is approximately 3 miles away and provides a broader range of facilities including a public swimming pool and the newly constructed Eyemouth High School. Coldingham is in a rural area with the major local industries being agriculture, tourism and fishing related linked to the harbours in Eyemouth and St Abbs.
The village is situated close to the English border and in an area of great natural beauty and one steeped in history, shaped by the evolution of Christianity in the United Kingdom and by the ravages of the Anglo- Scottish wars in the Middle Ages.
Berwick upon Tweed is approximately 9 miles away and has a comprehensive range of shopping facilities as well as a wealth of leisure and recreational opportunities with a modern theatre and arts centre whilst Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is within 45 miles.
The east coast is less than 2 miles away and is famous for its magnificent sandy beaches and steepling cliffs. Coldingham Bay is within only a few minutes’ drive and has a family friendly beach whilst the fishing village of St Abbs is approximately 2 miles distant and is also a mecca for divers. There is rich wildlife and birdlife along the Berwickshire coast and this proves popular with enthusiasts travelling to the area to view. The area has a rich and colourful history with castles, priories and abbeys all within close travelling distance. The area has a number of excellent golf links and inland courses including those at Eyemouth, Berwick, The Hirsel and Dunbar whilst The Open golf venue of Muirfield is less than an hour’s drive away.
Transport links are excellent with the A1 being a short drive to the west and railway stations at Berwick upon Tweed and Dunbar with regular services to Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne and London some 3½ hours to the south. There is a regular bus service to Berwick, Eyemouth, Haddington and Dunbar.
The site extends to approximately 13.6 acres (5.5 hectares) and includes approximately 5.0 acres of woodland which are to be maintained as such whilst the developable area is 8.6 acres. The site is presently agricultural and woodland with the area zoned for housing development presently being grassland fields. The amenity areas are seen as important not only for the development itself but also for the village at large.
The sale of this site provides a wonderful opportunity to build a first class residential development in this attractive Berwickshire conservation village. The development has been designed by the Architects, Bain Swan, who have adopted a vernacular approach seeking to integrate the development as seamlessly as possible with the existing village. The development is made up of a combination of apartments, detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.
Woodland Park is an attractive natural wood which lately has been open to public access with a well-used footpath, picnic area, bird boxes and interpretation boards. It is proposed to maintain this woodland area as it is, subject to undertaking minor thinning and removal of dead limbs of trees, and the installation of a new footpath on the woodland side of the south side boundary hedge.
Kate’s Hill Plantation is the semi-natural woodland to the north of the site along the Bogangreen Burn. This area is included in the Inventory of Ancient Woodlands but is now largely denuded of trees and under the planning conditions the aim is to completely regenerate the woodland using indigenous species. The proposals include re-fencing the woodland to prevent livestock grazing and the installation of a new footpath system.
Outline planning permission was awarded in principle on 12th May, 2010 and the Section 75 Agreement between the Vendors and Scottish Borders Council is presently being concluded. The start date for planning purposes will be as of the completion of the Section 75 Agreement. A copy of the Minded to Grant Planning Consent and a full set of approved plans together with a copy of the correspondence from Scottish Borders Council concerning the Section 75 Agreement are available for inspection on the CD Information Pack. The Consent will be subject to various conditions and reserved matters which include:
* The development shall be limited to 87 houses.
* There will be a minimum of 20% affordable homes within the development.
* Formal approval is required for the details of the layout, siting, design and external appearance of the buildings, the means of access thereto and the landscaping of the site.
* Any reserved matters should closely follow the principles set out in the design report submitted with the planning application.
* Both a detailed drainage strategy and a waste management strategy are required.
* An archaeological evaluation of the site is a requirement and the development shall not be commenced until it has been agreed in writing by the Planning Authority that all of the conditions of the archaeological strategy have been discharged.
* A strategy for delivery and maintenance of all improved and new public paths and full details of the proposed road layout.
* The Section 75 Agreement includes a contribution to playground facilities off site but alternatively it is understood that these could be provided on site in the woodland areas.
Offers & Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale as a whole with vacant possession by private treaty.
A closing date for offers may be fixed and all interested parties are advised to register their interest with the Selling Agents.
The Sellers shall not be bound to accept the highest or indeed any offer.
Offers should be submitted in Scottish Legal Form to the Selling Agents.
By appointment with the sole Selling Agents.
Interested parties will need to make their own enquiries with the relevant bodies concerning services. Our understanding is that an upgrade is required to the village water supply and pump sewage systems to cater for the whole site development although there is some capacity for part development of the site.
It is also understood that there will need to be a sub-station provided on site to service electric supplies to the properties.
Further information on service connection and very approximate budget costs are included in the CD Information Pack.
1. Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA.
2. Scottish Power, Cathcart Business Park, Spean Street, Glasgow, G44 4BE.
3. Scottish Water, Castle House, 6 Castle Drive, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline, KY11 8GG.
4. SEPA, Burnbrae, Mossilee Road, Galashiels, TD1 1NF.
Rights, Easements & Outgoings
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way, whether public or private, and any existing or proposed wayleaves, easements, servitude rights, restrictions or burdens of whatever kind, whether referred to in these particulars or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied themselves on all such matters.
A CD Information Pack will be available to genuine prospective Purchasers including further detailed information.
Guide to Interested Parties
Whilst we use our best endeavours to make our sales details accurate and reliable, please contact us if there is any point which you wish to clarify. We will be pleased to check this information for you, particularly if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property. These particulars were prepared in June, 2016.