Property SummaryTHE VILLAGE OF GUYHIRN is located just off the A.47 about 6 miles south-west of the fenland market town of Wisbech and
about 15 miles east of the city of Peterborough. The village has a primary school. March, which lies about 6 miles to the south, also has a good range of facilities, including a rail link with Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge.
THE GRADE II LISTED FORMER CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE is believed to date from 1878 and is reputedly to a design by the renowned Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878). It is of wire-cut gault brick construction with freestone dressings and a plain tiled roof.
That part of the churchyard edged red on the sale plan is included in the sale and is owned by the Church Commissioners ("the Commissioners").
The adjoining land edged blue on the plan (owned by The Ely Diocesan Board of Finance, "the DBF") will also be included, but as a separate conveyance.
The areas of and edged green and yellow, which are excluded from the sale, have a valid planning consent, issued by Fenland District Council, for the building of a terrace of 5 dwellings. A certificate of lawful development has been obtained following commencement of construction. The application references are F/YR09/0489/O and F/YR12/0728/RM and are available to view on Fenland District Council's website.
As a condition of sale of the former Church, the purchaser will be required to construct the access road and lay out the parking areas to comply with the Planning Consent. A licence will be granted to the purchaser to enable access during construction. All necessary rights will be made available on completion of the construction for the use of two of the parking spaces by the future owners/occupiers of the converted church.
The Commissioners and the DBF may consider the simultaneous sale of the yellow and green land, but not in isolation prior to the sale of the former Church. Any combined sale would be subject to a covenant precluding occupation of any of the new dwellings prior to the completion of the conversion of the former Church.
There are no burials in the churchyard. Several of the trees are subject to a Tree Preservation Order under Reference TPO 03/2009 dated the 14th August 2009.
Please Note: The war memorial on the road frontage, which is also Listed (Grade II), is excluded from the sale.
THE ACCOMMODATION is as follows (N.B. All dimensions are approximate) :-
Nave: 55' 4" x 24' 10". Archway and step up to:-
Chancel: 30' x 20' 9".
South Transept: 16' x 14'. Door to front churchyard.
North Transept: 16' x 14'. Door to north churchyard.
It is understood that mains supplies of water and electricity and the public sewer are available for connection.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The building has undergone structural movement and reports indicate that this is continuing.
An estimate obtained in 2018 from Barhale Ltd (www.Barhale.co.uk) for carrying out the work - to a design prepared by the Peterborough office of the Andrew Firebrace Partnership, Stuart House East Wing, St John's Street, Peterborough PE1 5DD (tel: 01733 271-072 www.afpconsult.co.uk) - to arrest the movement and stabilize the building by piling, anchoring, the creation of edge beams to the existing foundations and a 200 mm slab throughout the ground floor area was approximately £95,000. Prospective purchasers are requested to contact the above firms, or other specialists, for up to date estimates before submitting an offer for the purchase. The local contact for Barhale Ltd is Keven Stobbs, the Regional Manager, (E-mail: email@example.com).
Prospective purchasers wishing to view the exterior of this property may do so without further authority from the Agents, but must carry a copy of these particulars with them during the course of their inspection and produce them if so requested. Please telephone our Sales Office for arrangements to view the interior of the former Church which will be on an "open-house" basis at set times.
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING
Detailed discussions have taken place with Fenland District Council in regard to the preparation of an acceptable scheme for the conversion of the former Church. Unless otherwise agreed, prospective purchasers will be required to base their offers on the drawings prepared by Headley Stokes Associates for the creation of three dwellings as are reproduced in these particulars.
Guyhirn St. Mary Magdalene is a consecrated building which has been formally declared closed for regular public worship under the provisions of the Pastoral Measure 1983.
Under the Measure, the Ely Diocesan Church Uses Committee has a duty to make every endeavour to find a suitable alternative use for the building and to negotiate provisional terms of sale.
The Committee has decided to carry out this duty by offering the building and churchyard for sale, subject to the conditions and stipulations set out herein.
The Committee has no power of sale, but it will report the results of any offers received to the Church Commissioners, who have power to agree, to prepare and issue under the provisions of the Measure, a draft scheme which, when it becomes effective, will appropriate the property to the use approved by the Commissioners and will empower them to sell the building and annexed land for that use. Upon the scheme becoming effective, the building and churchyard will be freed from the legal effects of consecration.
One of the requirements of the Measure is that the Commissioners must consult the Church Buildings Council as to proposed alterations to the building before the scheme can be initiated. For this reason, the person making the most satisfactory offer will be required to apply for detailed planning and Listed Building consent. Under the statutory procedures, the draft scheme has to be published and any representations considered. It is only when the scheme has been made (i.e. sealed) by the Commissioners, that the property vests in the Commissioners for sale for a specific use.
CONDITIONS OF SALE
The sale of the land and building edged red and blue on the plan will be subject, inter alia, to the following conditions and covenants:-
(a) The Commissioners, do not bind themselves to accept the highest (or any) offer.
(b) Within 28 days of being notified that an offer is, in principle, acceptable to both The Ely Diocesan Churches Uses Committee and the Diocesan Assets Committee, the proposed Purchaser of the property will be required to enter into simultaneous conditional contracts for the purchase of the respective properties.
(c) The contracts under (b) above will allow the preferred purchaser four weeks in which to submit and register (at the Purchaser's own expense) valid detailed planning and Listed Building applications with Fenland District Council.
(d) Following the validation of the applications referred to under (c) above, the purchaser will be given a 12 week period of exclusivity in order to obtain the formal planning and Listed Building consents for the conversion of the former Church.
(e) During the period the contracts referred to under (b) above remain conditional, the Vendors will reserve the right to rescind the same if (i) the Purchaser markets the property for sale or lease in any way or (ii) enters into an arrangement with a third party to dispose of his conditional interest or (iii) fails to adhere to the time limits referred to under (c) and (d) above.
(f) Within a period of six months from the date of completion of purchase, the Purchaser to:-
(1) carry out such works or repair as may be required to render the building in a stable and safe condition to the satisfaction of the Commissioners' Surveyors and thereafter to keep the said building in the like condition and
(2) erect (and forever thereafter to maintain to the reasonable satisfaction of the Vendor) an iron-rail fence between the points marked 'A' - 'B' - 'C' - 'D' on the plan, the said fence to be of a height and specification to match the existing railings between points 'A' - 'D';
(3) under a licence to be entered into by the purchaser with the Vendors for the temporary occupation by the Purchaser of the land edged yellow on the plan, the Purchaser will construct (at the Purchaser's own expense) to the reasonable satisfaction of (i) the Vendors; (ii) Fenland District Council Planning Department and (iii) the Highways Authority, the new access road and parking bays to comply with the conditions attaching to Planning Permission References F/YR09/0489/O and F/YR12/0728/RM or any other related consents which may be applicable.
(g) The Vendors will reserve for themselves and for others authorised by them rights of access for all purposes and at all times over the land edged yellow on the plan during the period of the licence referred to under (f) (3) above.
(h) The Purchaser shall not use the property other than for the approved purpose nor for any illegal or immoral purpose nor for any purpose which may be or become a nuisance, annoyance or disturbance to the transferor nor which shall (in the opinion of at least two of the following: the Bishop of Ely, the Dean of Ely Cathedral and the Archdeacon Huntingdon and Wisbech) be offensive to the principles and practice of the Christian faith.
(i) The Purchaser shall not demolish, or permit to be demolished, any building on the said property or any part thereof without the prior written consent of the Commissioners.
(j) The Purchaser shall forthwith erect and forever after maintain in a prominent position, a notice board of a size and type to be approved in writing by the Commissioners, indicating that the said property is now used for the approved purpose under (h) above.
(k) The Purchaser shall not make or permit any architectural or structural changes in any building on the said property or any part thereof except in accordance with plans previously approved in writing by the Commissioners.
(l) The Purchaser shall within a period of two years from the date of completion of purchase carry out and complete the works shown on the plans referred to under (k) above.
(m) The Purchaser shall allow access, at all reasonable times and on reasonable notice, to the Vendors' surveyor to enable him to inspect the works to be undertaken by the Purchaser in accordance with these covenants.
(n) The Purchaser shall not damage any monument or memorial in the property nor, without the Vendors' consent, to remove or disturb any such.
(o) The Purchaser shall not grow anything on the property which may weaken or undermine the structure of any building or wall on the property nor to allow any trees or shrubs within 3 metres of any such building or wall to grow to a height greater than 1.5 metres.
(p) The Commissioners reserve the right to remove any monuments or memorials prior to completion of the sale (subject to Listed Building Consent).
1. The Vendors reserved rights of access for all purposes and at all times over the driveway to the adjoining (former) Vicarage when it was sold in 1982, subject to the payment of 1/3rd of the cost of maintaining the drive. The present owners of the former Vicarage have erected a temporary fence along the south side of the driveway in order to protect their privacy pending completion of the conversion of the former Church.
2. The Vendors' architects, Headley Stokes Associates, are willing to assist the Purchaser with the submission of the applications for detailed planning and Listed Building consent. Please contact Basil Samila, the Director concerned, to discuss terms of engagement. Tel: 01480-456-507 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The plans included in these particulars are for information purposes only. Any dimensions are intended as an approximate guide only and their accuracy is not guaranteed.