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Rundown cottage between Newchapel and East Grinstead sells for £350,000 at auction

By Surrey Mirror  |  Posted: June 16, 2017

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Clive Emson Auctioneers Dormer Cottage at Woodcock Hill

Dormer Cottage is off the A22 at Woodcock Hill, just south of Newchapel

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A rundown cottage in Tandridge has been sold at auction for £350,000.

The detached home, between Newchapel and East Grinstead, is covered in moss and mould and looks barely habitable, sitting on a wet and muddy plot of half an acre that is littered with rubbish and old tyres.

But the potential for developing the site means that its value was still estimated at £350,000 by Clive Emson Auctioneers and a buyer matched the expected price on Wednesday (June 14).

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Three-bedroom Dormer Cottage is situated off the A22 at Woodcock Hill in Felbridge, inside the Surrey and Tandridge border, described by the auctioneers as a "sought-after semi-rural location".

It went under the auctioneer's gavel alongside 142 other lots, at the June sale staged by Britain's largest independent regional land and property auctioneer.

Auctioneer Richard Payne said: "Although Dormer Cottage is rundown and requires complete renovation and TLC our bidders could see the potential in this property.

"Planning permission has been granted for a single storey extension and, alternatively, there is potential for a replacement dwelling, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable."

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The permission was granted by Tandridge District Council in March this year but just two months later it was listed for auction ahead of the June sale.

It allows for a single storey extension at the back of the cottage, which can be eight metres deep with a maximum height of three metres.

A second application was granted in the past two weeks for a two-storey extension to the north-east elevation and single-storey extensions to north-west and south-east elevations.

The permission gives the new owner more options to decide what to do with the property.

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The only other planning permission ever applied for at Dormer Cottage was for a food store at the property in 1948, which was also approved.

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