Todd Lane, Great Fencote


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GSC Grays are delighted to bring to the market the former Church of St Andrew's, Great Fencote. The building dates back to 1840, is unlisted and not located within a Conservation Area. The church has formally closed for worship and had its last service on 1st September 2019. It boasts a gross internal area of approximately 1,222 sq. ft (113sq. m). Planning consent has not been sought for the property and we are seeking expressions of interest. There is mains electricity and water connected to the property. Access is obtained directly from Todd Lane and parking is available on the adopted highway.


The marketing for this property is undertaken by GSC Grays on behalf of the Diocese of Leeds and the Church Commissioners for England (charity registration number 1140097). On receipt of offers the Diocese shall make a proposal to the Church Commissioners, who will determine the appropriate use and will act as a vendor. This process is governed by the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.


St Andrew's church, Great Fencote is a charming stone building, built in the late 1840's. It is not Listed and not located within a Conservation Area. St Andrew's Church stands at the north west corner of the village at the junction between Fleetham Lane and Todd Lane. There is mains electricity and water to the property, though no WC, therefore we assume there is no connection to mains sewage. Heating is provided by electric heaters and there is no gas connection to the property. Parking is available on the public highway but there is currently no off street or allocated parking spaces available for the church.


The church occupies a single plot within the postcode of DL7 0RT on the outskirts of the village of Great Fencote. Great Fencote is a pleasant village located approximately 8 miles west of Northallerton.


Hambleton District Council have submitted their Local Plan for examination and it is likely that the Local Plan will be adopted early next year. We are currently seeking pre-application advice. Any proposed use will need to take into consideration the current and draft local plan, the characteristics of the property, its location and setting. Expressions of interest for suitable alternative uses are invited. The Diocese and the Church Commissioners would be particularly interested to receive proposal for alternative, viable community uses.


The church is to be offered for sale with freehold vacant possession upon completion.


The property is to be sold subject to the Church Commissioners covenants which will be discussed with the purchaser but will include controls over the future use and alterations.


The property is to be sold subject to and with the benefit of those rights of way, wayleaves and easements or quasi easements which might exist across the holding.


The site can be viewed externally unaccompanied. For internal access please contact GSC Grays.


The site is offered for sale by private treaty. Prospective purchases are invited to submit expressions of interest incorporating the following information:

A. Proposed use.

B. Proposed financial offer.

C. Proof of availability of funds to meet the offer made.

D. Details of alterations which you would wish to make to the building

E. Relationship to planning policy.

The vendor shall consider all bids against the following criteria:

A. Anticipated planning acceptability.

B. The suitability of the use in relation to previous religious use.

C. Financial funds available.

D. Impact on the building.


The vendor will determine which, if any, bids shall be taken further. The vendor will expect to select one or more bids to be taken forward. The successful bidders will then be asked to make final offers including:

Firm financial terms and evidence of the likely acceptability of the proposal by the planning authority. Independent confirmation that funds are available to meet the offer made and to cover the cost of any proposed alterations to the building. The vendor may also seek assurance through a business plan or other information as to the initial long-term viability of these proposals. The Church Commissioners will sanction the disposal and in doing so must undertake certain legal processes under the provisions of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011, including a statutory period of public consultation, before completing the sale of the property. Purchasers should be aware that those procedures will not commence until evidence has been supplied indicating favourable response from the planning authority. It is usual for any necessary planning permission to be in place before completing the sale.


On acceptance of any offer the schedule of fixtures and fittings which are specifically included within the sale would be agreed. The vendor reserves the right to remove any fixtures, fittings and stained glass in advance of the agreement in the schedule and thereafter anything which is not in the schedule can be removed without notice in advance of the sale.


The maximum extent of the site has been shown on the attached plan for identification purposes only. The vendor will discuss the extent of the land they wish to sell with the purchaser and this will depend on the proposed use.


Particulars were prepared October 2019 and the photographs were taken September 2019.


GSC Grays gives notice that:

1. These particulars are a general guide only and do not form any part of any offer or contract.

2. All descriptions, including photographs, dimensions and other details are given in good faith but no warranty is provided. Statements made should not be relied upon as facts and anyone interested must satisfy themselves as to their accuracy by inspection or otherwise.

3. Neither GSC Grays nor the vendors accept responsibility for any error that these particulars may contain however caused.

4. Any plan is for guidance only and is not drawn to scale. All dimensions, shapes, and compass bearings are approximate and should not be relied upon without checking them first.

5. Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed to be a statement that the property is in good condition, repair or otherwise nor that any services or facilities are in good working order.

6. Please discuss with us any aspects that are important to you prior to travelling to the property.

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