Land on Mill Road, Friston, Suffolk, IP17 1PH

  • Unconditional Online Auction Sale
  • Guide Price* : £25,000

FOR SALE BY ONLINE AUCTION An opportunity to acquire a small parcel of strategic amenity land in the centre of the popular village of Friston, near Aldeburgh and the Heritage Coast.


FOR SALE BY TIMED ONLINE AUCTION - Wednesday 13th October 2021
A small parcel of strategic amenity land that extends to approximately 0.17 acres (0.07 hectares), with potential for a number of uses subject to the necessary consents.

Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale by Unconditional Timed Online Auction on Wednesday 21st October 2021. On the assumption the property reaches the reserve price, exchange of contracts will take place upon the fall of the electronic gavel with completion occurring 20 working days later. For details of how to bid please read our Online Auction Buying Guide.

The vendor's solicitor has prepared an Auction Legal Pack. This is available to view online and interested parties should Register online to receive updates. If you are viewing a hard copy set of these particulars or via Rightmove or alike, please visit the Online Property Auctions section of Clarke and Simpson's website to Watch/Register/Bid.

Seller’s Solicitors
The seller's solicitors are Barker Gotelee, 41 Barrack Square, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 3RF.
For the attention of: Oliver Ray; Tel: 01473 350586; email: We recommend that interested parties instruct their solicitor to make any additional enquiries of Messrs Barker Gotelee prior to the auction.

The land will be found in Friston, a well regarded village benefitting from a popular independent pub, The Old Chequers, and in a good location between the well known and highly regarded coastal town of Aldeburgh and the well serviced market town of Saxmundham. Further facilities will be found in Saxmundham, which provides a range of day-to-day facilities including Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets, a high street with a variety of shops, and a train station with access to London via Ipswich. The village of Snape, only 2 miles to the south, lies at the head of the River Alde and close to Snape Maltings, home to the famous Aldeburgh Music Festival. Aldeburgh also offers an excellent range of restaurants, pubs, shops and a cinema. The town also benefits from fantastic recreational facilities including sailing, fishing and an exceptional golf course. The A12 is within easy reach, providing access to Lowestoft and Yarmouth to the north and Ipswich and London to the south.

Proceeding north along the A12 continue through the village of Farnham, taking the next turning on the right where signposted to Aldeburgh (A1094). Continue along this road for approximately 2.5 miles, passing the garage on the right hand side and through the Snape cross roads. Take the next turning on the left where signposted to Friston. Continue into the village and the plot will be found on the left hand side.

The site comprises a small, almost triangular shaped parcel of strategic amenity land, set along Mill Road in the centre of the village with residential dwellings adjacent and opposite, and agricultural land at the rear. In all, the site extends to approximately 0.17 acres (0.07 hectares), with an overall depth of approximately 44m and a width at the entrance to the site of approximately 7m, which widens to the rear of the site to approximately 27m. A public footpath crosses the very front of the site and then continues along the western boundary and is separately fenced. Vehicular and pedestrian access is via Mill Road. The site could potentially be used for a variety of purposes, and prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to what planning permission may or may not be required for their intended use. Notably the vendors have decided not to impose any overage conditions in the sale.

Planning/Pre-application Enquiry
The vendor's architect, Messrs Hollins, made a pre-application to East Suffolk Council earlier this year - Reference DC/21/0669/PREAPP. The proposal was for the erection of a new dwelling within a cluster of existing dwellings in accordance with Policy SCLP5.4. Part of the pre-application response from East Suffolk Council stated "it is considered that the plot does represent infilling within a built frontage and that Friston does constitute a cluster. The Proposal is therefore considered to comply with SCLP5.4, subject to consideration against part d". Part d relates to the proposed development not causing undue harm to the character and appearance of the cluster or, result in any harmful visual intrusion into the surrounding landscape. A copy of the Pre-application response, together with plans that accompanied the application are included within these particulars.

Title Matters
Prospective purchasers should note that the site is subject to a covenant in favour of the landowner to the north (rear of the site). We understand that this covenant prevents the site from being developed, although having engaged with the landowner, they have advised that they would be prepared to lift the covenant in return for 32.5% of the uplift in value in the event that planning permission is forthcoming, together with a contribution towards their reasonable professional fees for documenting this arrangement. We understand this agreement has been reached on a subject to contract basis, and therefore the neighbouring landowner is not contractually committed to this arrangement at this stage.

We are not aware that the site is connected to any services and prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries in that regard.

Local Authority
East Suffolk Council; East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1RT; Tel: 01394 383789 Edit | Delete

At any time with particulars in hand.

1. These particulars are produced in good faith, are set out as a general guide only and do not constitute any part of a contract. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by intending purchasers or lessees in inspecting properties which have been sold, let or withdrawn. Interested parties should rely on their own/their surveyors investigations as to the construction type of the property and its condition. No warranty can be given for any of the services or equipment at the property and no tests have been carried out to ensure that heating, electrical or plumbing systems and equipment are fully operational. Any distances, room aspects and measurements which are given are approximate only. Any plans are indicative only and may not be the same as the transfer plan/s. No guarantee can be given that any planning permissions or listed building contents or building regulations have been applied for or approved. The agents have not been made aware of any covenants or restrictions that may impact the property, unless stated otherwise.

2. Under Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 we, as Estate Agents, are required to obtain identification from buyers in the form of the photo page of your passport or a photo driving licence. The document must be in date. In addition, we need proof of address in the form of a utility bill with the name and address of the buyer. This must not be more than three months old. We are also under obligation to check where the purchase funds are coming from. When you register to bid you will be prompted to provide the appropriate money laundering documentation.

3. In the unlikely situation of our client considering an offer prior to auction, a premium price would have to be put forward and the purchaser would be required to sign the contract and put down a 10% deposit and pay the Buyers Administration Charge, well in advance of the auction date. An offer will not be considered unless a potential buyer has read the legal pack and is in a position to immediately sign the contract. The seller is under no obligation to accept such an offer. It should be noted that Clarke and Simpson cannot keep all interested parties updated and at times will be instructed to accept an offer and exchange contracts without going back to any other parties first.

4. Additional fees: Buyers Administration Charge - £900 including VAT (see Buying Guide). Disbursements - please see the Legal Pack for any disbursements listed that may become payable by the purchaser upon completion.

5. The guide price is an indication of the sellers minimum expectations. This is not necessarily the figure that the property will sell for and may change at any time prior to the auction. The property will be offered subject to a reserve (a figure below which the auctioneer cannot sell the property during the auction) which we will expect to be set within the guide range of no more than 10% above a single figure guide.

September 2021

* Generally speaking Guide Prices are provided as an indication of each seller's minimum expectation, i.e. 'The Reserve'. They are not necessarily figures which a property will sell for and may change at any time prior to the auction. Virtually every property will be offered subject to a Reserve (a figure below which the Auctioneer cannot sell the property during the auction) which we expect will be set within the Guide Range or no more than 10% above a single figure Guide.

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