5 or 9 acres?

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5 or 9 acres?

Post: # 292507Post Kiwi Fluff
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:44 pm

How do I choose? I may have the opportunity to purchase one of two plots. Was originally set on 9 acres but now not sure having visited both.

9 acre pros: bigger (!), not much more expensive (think 15-20% more) south east facing

Cons: quiet public footpath running more or less directly through the centre (public liability insurance issues? Dogs? Privacy? Etc), 2 long edges directly neighbouring farmhouse next door with no current screening, slight dip to one edge (definite frost pocket), slightly more exposed to wind.

5 acre pros: mature woodland & hedgerow bordering acting as windbreak, flat/slightly higher than adjoining fields, south facing, no public access.

Cons: much smaller


Any advice or other things to think of? I think we can achieve what we want to on 5 acres with some sacrifices, but might it be better to go larger and pan things out (as in planting windbreaks and working around the downpoints?) just in case we need more space? I'm finding it hard to work out!
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Re: 5 or 9 acres?

Post: # 292508Post Flo
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:58 pm

Having lived on a farm with footpaths here and there across it - dogs and people were an ongoing problem. If the 9 acres has been out of use for some time, then bad habits will have become ingrained. Providing screening for the farmhouse will be an interesting discussion as the farmhouse may not want the screening or like what you suggest.

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Re: 5 or 9 acres?

Post: # 292511Post ina
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:29 pm

I agree with Flo. 5 acres are quite a lot to be getting on with, anyway.
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Re: 5 or 9 acres?

Post: # 292513Post Green Aura
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:11 pm

It depends what you want it for and how you intend to manage it. You can probably produce as much on the better 5 acres as you can on the 9. Is there any chance neighbouring land might become available in the future?

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Re: 5 or 9 acres?

Post: # 292518Post Kiwi Fluff
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:32 am

Thank you, all good food for thought! Actually, one of the PP conditions on the 9 acres was to plant a visual barrier so that'd definitely be ok. But the main concern is the footpath. I'm going to go view them both again today.

The land would be used for running our business (3-3.5 acres) and the rest for growing for ourselves. So 5 would be a bit of a squeeze, but it "felt" better if you know what I mean?

Definitely no chance of buying additional land on either, so whatever we went for would be "it". I do think you're right with the quality over quantity though.
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