Carter Jonas’s Oxford Planning & Development team successfully sold Hinwick Hall near Wellingborough, Bedfordshire for £2.7m. Originally a family residence, the Grade II* Listed property, set in 35 acres, had been in use as a specialist residential college for young disabled adults and closed in July 2014.
Acting for Livability, a Christian charity that creates opportunities for disabled people, Carter Jonas was appointed to devise a disposal strategy to achieve the best value for the charity, meeting the charity’s objectives and in accordance with the Charities Act 2011.
This involved initially undertaking planning and development appraisals to identify the potential for change of use and re-development before implementing a full marketing campaign to achieve a sale. The Carter Jonas Planning team liaised with the Local Planning Authority (Bedford Borough Council) to inform the preparation of a Planning Brief. The Brief considered the main planning constraints and opportunities and provided prospective purchasers with an initial steer on planning potential.
The Carter Jonas Development Team managed the sale process, initially targeting a sale as a going concern and then taking the property to the open market. Interest was received for a range of uses, including reversion to a family home and residential conversion and development. The new owner will be continuing to use the property as an education facility.