A plot of land in Goudhurst home to a ‘mankyÂ old shed’ attracted the attention of national mediaÂ when it went on the market for £895,000.
The Sun on Sunday reported this week that aÂ ‘ramshackle old farm shed’ was on sale for nearlyÂ £1m, although the two acres of land surrounding itÂ has planning permission for a six-bedroom houseÂ designed by ‘top architect’ Sir Terry Farrell andÂ worth £2.5m.
It is one of two similar sites in the village offeredÂ by Weald Property, the other a five-acre plot, completeÂ with pump house and planning permissionÂ for a three-storey ‘architecturally significant’ ecohouse, on sale for £995,000.
The Sun on Sunday quoted ‘a neighbour’ as saying:Â “It’s a fair whack for a manky old shed. But theÂ views are spectacular.
“It looks like it could blow down in a strongÂ breeze.”
But Weald Property described the site as: “A rareÂ building plot of approx. 2.1 acres in North Road,Â Goudhurst, in the heart of the village with planningÂ consent to build a stunning architecturally significantÂ six-bedroom new build with the finest views inÂ Goudhurst looking down the Tiese valley, designedÂ by Sir Terry Farrell.
“Very rare consent granted for a building of outstandingÂ architectural merit.”
The news came as the Royal Institution ofÂ Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said property pricesÂ increased at an accelerated pace in the southeastÂ in July, and a shortage of housing coming on to theÂ market could ensure this did not change.
Anna Midcalf, senior sales negotiator at Bracketts,Â said the findings reflected the estate agent’sÂ observations in Tunbridge Wells.
She said: “We have been experiencing limitedÂ stock for a long time which has certainly contributedÂ to prices rising, particularly in the middleÂ market sector where properties are often chased byÂ more than one buyer.
“More recently there has been a slowing ofÂ demand and interest for properties in the higherÂ price ranges – over £1m – reflected by asking pricesÂ being reduced and a slower demand in this sector.
“We expect property prices to continue to rise asÂ there is no imminent solution to the lack of stockÂ available but buyers are astute and uncomfortableÂ with paying top-heavy prices.”