One of Sheppey’s biggest farms has been put on the market for over £2.5million which could mean more homes for the island.
Estate agents boast that Cowstead Farm, which greets motorists as they drive towards Minster and Leysdown from Sheppey Way, has ‘significant development opportunities’.
Google Earth view of Cowstead Farm on Sheppey
Also up for grabs are portions of Minster and Cheyney Marshes and a semi-detached cottage with a tenant covering a total of 249 acres. They could be sold together or split into five lots.
The sale is being handled by estate agents George Webb Finn of Park Road, Sittingbourne.
Partner Stuart Mair says: “This represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a highly sought after farm comprising a farmhouse, ancillary accommodation, agricultural buildings and land with development potential subject to planning permission, together with two blocks of marshy pastures.”
Online information speaks of “significant development opportunities” and indicates that the first two lots closest to the roundabout at Cowstead Corner are being sold subject to a “30% overrun of the increase in value if the land is developed for non-agricultural use or development over a period of 25 years.”
It is currently owned by P&H Johnson.
Almost next door is a 38-hectare site owned by farmers SW Attwood and Partners who have successfully secured permission to build 700 houses on their cornfields. It is planned to double it.
They were refused planning permission by Swale Council in 2019 despite the land being on the local plan.
Their appeal was cleared by Inspector Martin Whitehead in 2020 who said: “I find that the negative impacts of the proposed development would not significantly and manifestly outweigh its benefits.”
The lower road is one of the busiest roads on the island, particularly in summer when thousands of visitors use it to reach the holiday homes and beaches of Leysdown and effectively block Cowstead roundabout Corner.
Cowsted Farm – what you get
Lot 1 – Cowstead Farm – £1,250,000
An 1883 farmhouse with dining room, living room, family room, storage room, kitchen and four double bedrooms. The converted stables offer two further bedrooms and an open plan living room/kitchen. Steel and concrete farm buildings including Dutch barn, grain store, hay store, dairy building, lean-to, yard and pasture with grade 3 soil. The land is crossed by the public footpath ZS11.
Batch 2 – £135,000
Two grazing plots measuring 5.49 hectares (13.56 acres) overlooking the Sheppey Way.
Lot 3 – Cheyney Marshes – £275,000
Grassy marsh extending over 22.68 hectares (56.04 acres) east of Sheppey Way and south of Cowstead Corner. The land is within the Swale Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. The soil is grade 4.
Lot 4 – Minster Marshes – £650,000
Grassy marsh including salt pans extending over 59.92 hectares (148.06 acres) south-east of Ferry Road and within the Swale Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. The ground is grade 4. The ZS19 public footpath crosses the land for a short distance along the seawall.
Lot 5 – 2 Cowstead Farm Cottage – £275,000
Semi-detached three-bedroom cottage north of Queenborough Road built circa 1950 and rented for short term rental.