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Introduction

Following the granting of outline planning approval, Jockey Club Estates is offering purchasers the exciting opportunity to build either one 100 box training yard or two yards, one of 60 boxes and another of 40 boxes. Thus there is a wide choice for prospective purchasers in this prime site in Upper Lambourn using the Lambourn Gallops.

Location

The site is on the south side of the B4000, Ashbury Road, which is the main axis of the training yards on the Lambourn Valley. With open farmland behind and easy access to the Mandown Gallops via the dedicated horsewalk and Maltshovel Lane: this is an ideal location for a training yard.

Lambourn is a racehorse training centre 60 miles west of London via the M4; and with renowned vets and every service for the racehorse trainer. The public gallops, owned and operated by Jockey Club Estates have an excellent reputation and a wide variety of grass and all weather gallops and schooling facilities.

The Planning Approval

The site has planning approval from West Berkshire Council (ref: 19/03161OUTMAJ), for Outline application for two racehorse training yards. Matters to be considered: Access, Landscaping and Scale.

Refer to the outline plans. Purchasers will need to submit their own detailed plans after consultation with Jockey Club Estates and their planning consultants KWA.

There are a number of conditions, in particular, a summary of some are listed below. Purchasers must rely on the approval itself for the precise wording. A non-material amendment is being sought to ensure that the reserved matters and the CIL payments for each site can be considered separately.:

• The development shall be begun by 19th August 2026 or within two years of the date of approval of the last of the reserved matters, whichever the later.

• Details of appearance and layout shall be approved by 19th August 2024. No operations shall start on site until these and any planning conditions have been approved.

• Each site shall not be subdivided and shall only be used as an establishment in conjunction with the racehorse industry.

• The occupation of the dwellings shall be restricted to those working (including retired, widowed and dependents) in the training yard.

• Gates at the access shall be 6m from the road to allow horseboxes to be off the road before the gates open.

• The decision notice and detailed plans can be downloaded from the West Berkshire Council website:

http://planning.westberks.gov.uk/rpp/index.asp?caseref=19/03161/OUTMAJ 

The Horse Walk

Alongside the roadside hedge and hatched brown on the site plan, the Horsewalk will be constructed by Jockey Club Estates. This will run from the Rowdown Farm entrance to the existing horsewalk from Iveagh Yard to opposite Maltshovel Lane. These sites will have access and crossing rights.

The Lambourn Training Grounds

Jockey Club Estates owns over 580 acres (234 hectares) of training grounds in Lambourn. 

Turf Gallops extend to 8 miles (13kms) in total and are meticulously tended by experienced gallopsmen to ensure the highest quality. Downland terrain, nurtured for centuries, provides a near perfect mix of flat land and hills. Free-draining soil and cushioned turf lend themselves perfectly to the thoroughbred racehorse. Most trainers consider grass gallops to be the ultimate training surface in optimum conditions.

The gallops suit both Flat and Jumps horses; and range from the Straight Mile (8f/1600m) to the principal jumps turf gallops: the Back of the Hill (8½f/1600m) and the famous Bowl (9f/1800m).

Artificial Gallops are the choice of many trainers for routine work, whatever the weather. There are over 7 miles (11kms) of artificial gallops which provide a consistent training surface for 365 days of the year. Even in the most challenging weather conditions, at least one artificial gallop is kept open, so that horses never lose a day's training.

There is a variety of surfaces, gradients and distances ranging from the short, sharp Fisher's Hill (5f/1000m), ideal for interval training, to the 9f/1800m gently climbing Long Gallop, perfect for faster work.

General Remarks

Method of Sale - The freehold is for sale by private treaty. The initial offering is a 125 year lease with the option to acquire the freehold for £1 once a minimum number of 20 boxes have been in use for a minimum of 6 months by a licensed trainer of thoroughbred racehorses and the yard has been licensed by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority).

Planning Application - The purchaser will need to agree the details of the application for the reserved matters with The Jockey Club Estates in consultation with the planning consultants.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - The purchaser will be responsible for paying the CIL in accordance with the conditions of the planning approval. This can be a substantial payment which is due on commencement of works. There are ways to mitigate the cost and timing of payments. Prospective purchasers must take detailed advice prior to submitting an offer.

Services - The purchaser will be responsible for making all arrangements for the services.

Wayleaves, Easements, Covenants and Rights of Way - The property will be sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements, covenants and rights of way whether or not disclosed. The purchaser(s) will be deemed to have full knowledge and have satisfied themselves as to the provisions of any such matters affecting the property in particular.

Rates and Council Tax - These have not been assessed. The Agents can give a guide to the likely business rates.

Local Authority - West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD www.westberks.gov.uk  .     Tel: 01635 55111

Boundaries, Easements and Rights of Way: - The property is sold subject to all rights of way, other easements and wayleaves. The centre of the boundary hedges (where applicable) is the boundary.

Access to Gallops: - Apply to Jockey Club Estates. For details of the access to the gallops contact: Will Riggall. Mobile: 07917 655326, Email: Will.Riggall@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Solicitors - Taylor Vinters, Merlin Place, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DP Attn: James Slinger.  email: James.Slinger@taylorvinters.com, Tel: 01223 225295.

Architects/Planning Consultants. - Keith Warth Associates. Chalk Farm, High Street, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 4AG Attn: Meghan Bonner

email: kwa@kwaarchitects.co.uk Tel : 01223 839992

Directions

Post Code   RG17 8QPF

From M4 Junction 14 take the A338 towards Wantage and then the first left, B4000 past the Pheasant Inn for 4 miles. Turn right to Lambourn. On reaching the village turn left, right and left again towards Upper Lambourn. Leave the village, still on the B4000, the Ashbury Road, and the site is on the left between Iveagh Barns and Rowdown farm buildings. Turn left into the by way (a green sign 'Rowdown Nos 7-12'), go for 200 yards passing the buildings, and the entrance is the second of the two gates on the left.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Windsor Clive International give notice to anyone who may read these Particulars as follows:

1. These particulars are for guidance only. They are prepared and issued in good faith and are intended to give a fair description of the property but do not constitute part of an offer or contract.

2. Any description or information given should not be relied on as a statement or representation of fact or that the property or its services are in good condition. Neither Windsor Clive International nor any of its employees have any authority to make or give any representation or warranty in relation to the property.

3. Any reference to alteration to, or use of, any part of the property is not a statement that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained. These matters must be verified by any intending purchaser.

4. The plan included with these particulars is for identification purposes only and is based on the Ordnance Survey. Where revisions have been made by the Agents a full land survey has not been carried out, consequently where enclosures have been divided or altered, the position of the new boundaries together with the plotting of any new or altered building and any other information, whilst believed to be basically correct, are indicative only.

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