Seven new homes planned for Worcestershire village after farmland sale

Nicol – Cookshome Farm approach

The successful sale of a premium residential development opportunity at a Worcestershire farm means plans for seven new country homes are set to go ahead.

The estate agency Nicol & Co has sold part of Cooksholme Farm in the popular village of Littleworth, south east of Worcester, including several former farm buildings on a site measuring 0.91 acres.

The property already has detailed planning permission for the development which includes three barn conversions and the erection of four new-build dwellings.

The site had been on the market for a couple of years before Nicol & Co, which has offices and operations in Droitwich Spa, Worcester and Malvern, was appointed to handle the sale.

Luke Alexander, land and development consultant at Nicol & Co, said: “This was a complicated deal with many hurdles, and so we’re thrilled to have sold this property.

“Littleworth is a picturesque village surrounded by beautiful Worcestershire countryside. It also has great transport links, being within one mile of the newly-opened Worcester Parkway Railway Station linking Worcester to London.

“The village has an excellent community spirit and fine facilities that include a primary school, church, café, public house and a village hall, and the redevelopment plans mean this site will soon become enviable homes for up to seven families.”

The seller was Kelvin Gill, who still lives in the adjacent farmhouse, and he said: “I am remaining as a neighbour to the development, so a key factor for me was finding a buyer with the flair for doing barn conversions and creating characterful sites.

“I’m very grateful to all the hard work put in by Luke Alexander at Nicol & Co who was able to do just that, working closely with all parties to make the sale happen.”

The buyer is Gora Investment Properties Ltd, a company which is currently finishing work on barn conversions in other Midlands villages including Feckenham, near Redditch.

Ron Mackie, of Gora, said: “Cooksholme Farm is our next development project and we’re excited to be working on that with Nicol & Co.

“This site lies on the northern edge of the village, and the barn conversions and new homes will benefit from views over open countryside to the east.

“It’s going to be a high-end development to match the location and the character of the existing buildings.

“The seven homes will be a perfect opportunity for families, commuters and downsizers who want to enjoy the countryside as well as remaining close to road and rail links.”