Council sells Dell Farm in Dunstable 'well in excess of £1m guide price'

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A former outdoor education centre used by schools across Bedfordshire has been sold on behalf of Luton Borough Council.

Dell Farm, near Whipsnade Animal Park, Dunstable has been acquired by an unnamed investor for well in excess of the £1 million guide price.

It is likely the former farmhouse and barn will be converted into residences, following a "positive pre-application" response from local planning authority Central Bedfordshire Council.

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For many years, the site was a favourite spot for school trips with pupils travelling from across the Home Counties..

Dell Farm in Dunstable has been sold "well in excess" of its £1million guide priceDell Farm in Dunstable has been sold "well in excess" of its £1million guide price
Dell Farm in Dunstable has been sold "well in excess" of its £1million guide price

Following its closure in 2019 (see story here), it was recently placed on the market by Luton borough Council.

Kirkby Diamond was appointed preferred agent. Executive partner Eamon Kennedy, said: “The sale was not without its challenges, which we were able to resolve.

“With the support of my colleague Nathan Andrews, we achieved an excellent result for the local authority and thoroughly enjoyed assisting our clients with such a unique property, the likes of which rarely comes to market.”

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Dell Farm has an extensive scale covering 7,100 sq ft. It also had a recent pre-application response from Central Bedfordshire Planning Authority approving the principle of conversion of the former farmhouse and barn into residential use.

The total site extends to 3.47-acres and is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It comprises a large former farmhouse, a converted barn, outbuildings and extensive grounds, including grass enclosures for the keeping of small breed livestock. There is a livestock building, a mobile classroom and a portable cabin.

Kirkby Diamond is a full service firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants. The company, with offices in Milton Keynes, Luton Bedford and Borehamwood, works with local and national clients to offer a total solution to their surveying and commercial agency needs.