If you are thinking of buying one of auction land plots that appear in West Windsor, mostly around Wolf Lane and Hemwood Road Dell area, then DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
Castle Farm Spinney has come up twice recently, this is quite a large area of natural woodland with a stream running through it. Streams look great in pictures but they make it near impossible to build, even if you were able to get permission to revoke the Adopted Highway certification which comes with many protections preventing anyone building, or even removing a stick, from the land.
Most of these cheap plots are Adopted Highway – An adopted highway is a highway that was privately-owned road, but has becomes a public road, managed and maintained by the highway authority (typically the local authority). They can also be referred to as a ‘maintained highway’.
Adopted Highway means, even if you want to plant a daffodil you need permission from the local council. Chop down a tree and you could be fined £20,000 and get a criminal record. Put up a fence, it will be removed. You are just buying a piece of Windsor that you can do nothing with.
Probably best buying a bag of Windsor soil £1 off a resident 😉
The price you pay for this land tells any intelligent, informed buyer that it will be impossible to build anything on the land. Don’t be taken for a mug, building land in Windsor costs around £2,000,000 an acre so you are best keeping your money in your pocket.
Different plots will be covered by various protections and you need to understand which ones are relevant to the plot that has taken your eye.
The best source of pre-planning advice can be found here >>>
And before you make your bid at auction please, please, please take advice from a professional solicitor and be prepared to spend a few hundred pounds on that advice.
If you are a resident concerned about these matters then contact Windsor Ascot Maidenhead Community Land Trust that is looking to resolve the stress these auction land plots cause.
Cllr Jon Davey