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Midland properties ready for a grand design

Here are a handful of properties that either already have planning permission to extend or there is plenty of scope for development.

You’ve seen the property programmes: the couple and their family all huddled in a tiny caravan in the freezing cold while their grand design project takes shape.

Not only does the scheme usually go way over budget, it also takes three times longer than the homeowners had anticipated it would take to complete.

Not with these properties – we’ve found a handful that either already have planning permission to extend or there is plenty of scope for development.

And you don’t have to abandon life’s modern comforts while the work is being done, either, because all of these homes are habitable.

Eight-bedroom, Edwardian villa in Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.
Eight-bedroom, Edwardian villa in Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield.

Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

Currently used by a charity, this impressive eight-bedroom Edwardian villa offers tremendous scope for anyone with an eye for property development – whether for a grand family home or converted as a series of high-quality apartments.

At 7,000 sq ft there’s a lot of living space and it currently comprises three reception rooms and five further rooms that are used as offices, plus four bathrooms. It retains plenty of original features, including the impressive staircase – which leads to a gallery landing – fireplaces and coving and cornicing.

The house is set in more than half an acre of private grounds, providing plenty of scope for relaxation and gardening, and there is space for a number of vehicles, too.

It is well placed for local amenities and is less than half a mile away from Four Oaks railway station.

Agent – Paul Carr Rural and Exclusive Homes

Telephone – 0121 308 5511

Guide price - £1,250,000

Five-bedroom, Holly Tree Farm in Dark Lane, Wythall.
Five-bedroom, Holly Tree Farm in Dark Lane, Wythall.

Holly Tree Farm, Dark Lane, Wythall

Get stuck into a barn conversion or two while living in the comfort of a five-bedroom farmhouse, which has already been renovated.

Sitting in two acres of land – with a further 14 acres available by separate agreement – Holly Tree Farm is situated on Dark Lane, in the middle of the green belt with the Hollywood bypass close by, making it an easy and short drive to Wythall, Solihull and Birmingham.

The main property is Grade II listed and is described as having a “wealth of character”. There’s plenty of room for a family, with a modern farmhouse kitchen, utility, two comfortable reception rooms and a bedroom (or third reception room) on the ground floor.

Upstairs, you’ll find four double bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities, plus a family bathroom.

The current owner has gained permission to convert the listed Dutch barn into a two-storey home with four double bedrooms, two reception rooms, study and generous kitchen.

Progression Architects have drawn up plans for the 1,539 sq ft conversion, which includes a 280 sq ft garage.

The agent says that there are further possibilities and the owner has explored the opportunity to build a further ten dwellings to make Holly Tree Farm into a courtyard housing development.

Planning permission is also being sought for a smaller barn, approximately 699 sq ft, to convert to a residential property, and there are a number of outbuildings and stabling that could be transformed, subject to planning regulations.

Agent – Mr & Mrs Clarke

Telephone – 0330 111 9766

Guide price – POA

214 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath.
214 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath.

214 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath

This detached family home, on the corner of Livingstone Road, comes with no upward chain and a pending outline planning application for the development of a detached dwelling with garage.

Full of original features, it is three storeys high and has six bedrooms, with the living accommodation spreading over 2,508 sq ft. There’s also a cellar (269 sq ft), which is split into three small rooms, and attic space of about 377 sq ft.

The hallway is reached from the inner vestibule, which has original wood panelling, and off it there are two substantial reception rooms (19’11” x 13’ 11” and 14’11” x 13’) that overlook the front. A study overlooks the rear gardens and there is a breakfast kitchen, wc, and a shower room.

Five of the bedrooms are on the first floor and range in size from 19’11” x 13’11” to 10’6 x 5’11” and there is a bathroom and separate wc. The sixth bedroom (13’0” x 10’8”) and a small storage area are in the attic.

The property sits in one third of an acre of land with mature borders and trees. An extended brick-built detached garage leads on to a large, wooden garage, and there is plenty of room for a number of cars on the driveway.

Agent – Cottons

Telephone – 0121 247 4747

Guide price – £719,800

Three-double bedroom property in Tilehouse Green Lane, Knowle.
Three-double bedroom property in Tilehouse Green Lane, Knowle.

Tilehouse Green Lane, Knowle

Less than a mile away from Knowle High Street, this three-double bedroom property has plenty of potential to extend and develop, subject to planning permission, say the agents.

It’s a traditional 1930s detached home with detached garage, which stands in a good plot that is well back from the road at the end of a sweeping driveway.

The living room (23’5” x 11’10”) has already been extended and has a window to the patio and sliding patio doors to the rear garden.

Although the large dining/breakfast kitchen (18’ 0” x 11’ 11”) has been recently refitted, there is approved planning permission for it and the adjoining utility/laundry room to be demolished and rebuilt.

There is also potential for the creation of a fourth bedroom above, subject to necessary approvals.

The first floor has three double bedrooms, one of which has built-in wardrobe units, and there is a recently fitted shower room (8’ 3” x 7’ 4”) with large walk-in shower cubicle complete with rainhead and hand-held attachment.

The rear garden has a paved patio area with access from the laundry/utility and living room, a timber summerhouse, lawn down to a lower level block paved patio, plus a further summerhouse and mature, well-stocked borders.

Agent – Hunters

Telephone – 01564 770707

Guide price – £720,000

Woodford in Grange Road, Dorridge.
Woodford in Grange Road, Dorridge.

Woodford, Grange Road, Dorridge

This detached, five-bedroom Edwardian house, just a short walk from the centre of Dorridge village, retains many original features and sits in just under one acre of land.

It needs modernising and planning permission was granted earlier this year for a two-storey front extension and a single-storey side extension, which would provide a large ground-floor open-plan breakfast/kitchen/family room, lounge, dining room, study and downstairs cloakroom, as well as a first-floor master suite with dressing room and en suite plus four further bedrooms, two with en suite facilities.

The extension will provide an additional 1,069 sq ft of accommodation, complementing the existing 2,762 sq ft of living space.

If that isn’t enough, the agents say that using Permitted Development Rights could see the new homeowner extend even further to about 5,250 sq ft on the ground and first, plus a second floor.

The original house has a reception with a cloakroom, a lounge (13’7” x 16’1”), a reception room with dining area (22’1” x 25’8”), plus kitchen, conservatory, utility and store room.

The five bedrooms are on the first floor. The master bedroom (10’7” x 14’9”) has an en-suite bathroom, while bedroom three also has a bathroom, which can also be accessed from the landing. There is a separate family bathroom.

As well as the private garden, which has a wealth of mature trees and an orchard, vendors can also buy 0.6 acres of woodland, located to the right hand side of the property, by separate negotiation.

Agent – John Shepherd Collection

Telephone – 01564 783 866

Guide price – £1,000,000

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