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Rare opportunity to invest in the New Forest

14th March 2012 Print
Aerial view of Clayhill

Colliers International has been instructed to market a unique site with planning permission for offices, housing and sports facilities in the middle of the New Forest National Park.

Located in a key spot close to Lyndhurst with good road access, this development opportunity is a rare gem.

The site had been bought by the international chemical company Ineos who had obtained planning consent for a new headquarters building.

Due to a restructuring of its UK operations, the mixed site is now surplus to requirements.

Given the planning consent included new office accommodation for 150 employees, the site at Clayhill close to Lyndhurst could attract a new business bringing much-needed jobs to an area where development opportunities are rare because of the sensitivities of the National Park.

Colliers International development consultant Louise Seaman said: “The site has already been partially developed and is a rare opportunity in a beautiful location not far from the major port facilities of Southampton and Portsmouth.

“Clayhill is a lovely leafy location to launch a new business or re-locate an existing one. It represents a consented opportunity in an area where new development is very hard is achieve.

The 15-acre development site is in a key roadside position on the outskirts of Lyndhurst with easy access to junction 1 of the M27. An additional 45 acres of agricultural land adjacent to the site is also available.

The site is located on the corner of the A337 and Beechen Lane and extends along the length of Beechen Lane. It is currently configured as offices known as Ocknell House and includes buildings which have been used as a Livestock Artificial Insemination clinic.

Some of the buildings have been converted to offices and others to a gym. There are also a number of outbuildings on the site.

Ocknell House is a two storey red brick building offering 5,635 sq ft of accommodation. The offices and gym are in a single storey brick building extending to 5,277 sq ft and 1,439 sq ft respectively.

There are also four three-bedroom houses located on Beechen Lane along with a single storey former laboratory building. The remainder of the site, some 11.5 acres is used as agricultural land.

Louise Seaman said: “The sites are not designated for any particular use in the Core Strategy. The development site has full planning permission for an office-led development, car parking, a gym and tennis courts, four affordable key workers homes, a new access and landscaping.”

Lyndhurst is nine miles south west of Southampton and 20 miles north east of Bournemouth. The village benefits from excellent road connections being just four miles from Junction 1 of the M27.

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Aerial view of Clayhill