Outstanding waterside 2.834-acre (1.147 hectares) development opportunity site in a desirable south coast town with direct views over Chichester Harbour and a pending Local Plan allocation for approximately 20 residential dwellings.
Fowley Cottage represents an unrivalled opportunity to undertake a sensitive re-development of a significant land parcel with direct water views and access to the foreshore and within walking distance of Emsworth’s sailing clubs and the amenities of the town centre.
The property was previously consented (renewal application 01/516000/005) for 7 detached houses in addition to the refurbishment and retention of Fowley Cottage (now lapsed), but which has now been identified within in the 2019 Submission Draft Havant Local Plan (now under final consideration pending adoption) for redevelopment to provide approximately 20 dwellings. A copy of this draft allocation is available on request.
The site comprises the existing unmodernised house (Fowley Cottage) and attendant outbuildings with a total existing GIA of 3563 sq ft (331 sqm) together with formal gardens, hard tennis court and informally managed grassland and with direct access southwards to the coastal path and foreshore. In total, the curtilage extends to approximately 2.834 acres (1.147 hectares). The site lends itself to a number of residentially led development solutions and including the refurbishment and retention of the Fowley Cottage and which would seek to complement and enhance the exceptional setting.
There have been two recent planning applications which focused on a smaller quantum of larger units, and which sought to build upon the expired permission but with a change in planning policy, whilst the principle of development appears not to be in doubt, the Local Planning Authority are currently seeking an enhanced overall density on the site. Full details of the previous planning applications are available on the Council’s website (references APP/20/00376 and APP/19/00623), and which will also include copies of previous plans and accompanying specialist reports.
It is advised that there are a number of trees that are protected by Tree Preservation Orders, that there is public sewer that crosses the site, and which will require a 3-metre easement. There is also a surface water sewer on the western boundary. The main vehicular access is from Warblington Road but there is also the opportunity to acquire an additional access via neighbouring Curlew Close albeit there are legal restrictions as to how many units can be served off this access. Further details can be provided on request.
Purchasers are advised that the site includes land that is within Flood Zones 1, 2 and 3 and with the southern part of the site most affected by these designations in terms of potential development. Interested parties are encouraged to fully satisfy themselves in this regard. Future developments are likely to require financial contributions towards the Solent Recreation Mitigation Strategy as well as to mitigate the water quality impacts of a development on the Solent European sites. Current policy includes the payment of the Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments and the provision of on-site affordable housing which will be required above a threshold.