Development Land for sale

£1,250,000 SSTC

Totland, Isle Of Wight, PO39 0ES


Headon Reach Located in a particularly attractive and elevated position with commanding views of some the Islands most attractive scenery and within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a high quality site of about acre. Planning consent has been achieved for 6 striking contemporary homes, designed to make the most of their surroundings. With easy access to Totland and Colwell Bays, sailing facilities and ferry services in Yarmouth it will make Headon Reach a highly desirable development.  

The locality Until the mid-19th century, the western peninsular of the Isle of Wight served two main purposes; it provided a rural idyll for the few people who lived there and supported a small fishing fleet. It also provided information on the movements of potential enemies, the word 'tout', from which 'Totland' is derived, meaning 'look out' or 'spy' in early English. It was obviously good at this, since there has been no attempt at invasion since the abortive French one in 1545, which was repulsed but which did result in the loss of the Mary Rose.

Totland Bay resembles a miniature Deauville. In 1860 the Duc de Morny was introduced to Deauville by his doctor, who recommended the sea air for the Duc's health. The Duc, who famously knew a good thing when he saw one, decided to build a seaside resort there for the rich and aristocratic – who were generally the same people. The Totland Bay Estate Company was formed in 1870 and a glance at the architecture designed for the two resorts suggests a considerable influence.

Jenkinson's Guide to the Isle of Wight (1876) speaks of Totland's "beautiful smooth sands suitable for bathing and bathing machines" and a new road was built from Totland, via Colwell, to Yarmouth to meet the anticipated demand. Stevens Directory of 1883 reports: "The village is delightfully and pleasantly situated at the head of a fine open bay, the mighty ocean is seen in all its grandeur, while the sands are fine and clean and well adapted for bathing. A splendid view is obtained from the beach and from the new hotel on the summit; a grand scene as far as the eye can reach."

Unlike Deauville, Totland there is no casino and no racecourse but the grand plan is still there, the Scots Pines and Holme Oaks, the towering Edwardian houses with substantial gardens. This is still the affluent and elegant resort which the Totland Bay Estate Company first identified in 1870. And it is into their broad plan that architect Lincoln Miles has inserted Headon Reach, his inspired 21st century take on a 145-year-old vision.

The surrounding coastline has some exceptional landscapes with fine sandy beaches and rocky coves that lead to Alum Bay and The Needles. There are a range of facilities available close by in Totland and adjacent Freshwater. The renowned beachfront restaurant The Hut is nearby in Colwell Bay whilst the historic harbour town of Yarmouth with its regular ferry service, Yacht/Sailing clubs, restaurants, pubs and shops are only less than a 10 minute drive from the property. Amazing walks can be enjoyed from the surrounding areas such as Tennyson Down and Headon Warren are located directly to the West of the property. 

The concept and design Set beneath the downs between Totland Bay and Alum Bay, Headon Reach is a development of six properties. From east to west, the units increase in size, all are two-storey and units 3 to 6 each have the option of an additional detached amenity block with potential to provide additional guest accommodation or a home office.  

House Amenity block  

Unit 1 1097 sq.ft. - 2 bed semi-detached  

Unit 2 1388 sq.ft. - 3 bed semi-detached  

Unit 3 1603 sq.ft. 226 sq.ft. 3 bed detached inc. carport and balcony  

Unit 4 1689 sq.ft. 226 sq.ft. 4 bed detached inc. carport and terraces  

Unit 5 2174 sq.ft. 226 sq.ft. 4 bed detached inc. carport and balcony  

Unit 6 3103 sq.ft. 355 sq.ft. 4/5 bed detached and terraces  

Total 11,054 sq.ft. 1,033 sq.ft.  

The approach has been to deliver a 21st century solution which offers a suitable and exciting contrast. The elevations provide steps and shadow lines which are individual to each; providing a unified theme but with variation. To emphasise the form, the ground floors (in part) are set back against the first floor, creating the sense of floating within the volume/elevation. The design provides for large south facing windows to take advantage of the views towards rolling downalnd and natural light. There will also be views from the first floor accommodation towards The Solent. The detached houses have large terraces again to take advantage of the view as well as parking to the front and south-facing gardens.

Each property will have its own driveway and entrance from Alum Bay New Road, (aside from units 1 and which share an entrance but with the drive splitting into 2 separate driveways.)

All materials have been selected for long term durability and high quality. The ground floor elevations will likely use a subtle tonal render or stone; albeit exact materials can be agreed through condition compliance. The first floors are composed by natural and more delicate materials which purposely assist the setting. Timber boarding will frame inset glazed openings to create a rebate and shadow to add interest. The design creates a sense of space having deviated from a traditional pitched roof. This enables the volume to be compressed to retain a skyline and ensures that any landscaping also acts as a focal feature, (once matured). The flat roof also follows the strong design ethos of the contemporary approach.  

Lincoln Miles Architecture (LMA) Lincoln Miles LMA is perhaps best known for its involvement with three separate Channel 4 Grand Designs TV episodes… It was Lincolns' 'House in the Trees' that was selected by Kevin McCloud as one of the programme's Top Ten Houses. Lincoln Miles is a multi-award-winning designer including 4 RIBA Awards and the Architects Journal Small Build Award.

Lincoln's design solutions are inventive, setting him out from the pack. He's created one-off homes and delivered signature residential developments, large mixed-use schemes and new public realm environments. He's deeply involved in the design evolution of build systems, from repurposing shipping containers as architecture and Cross Laminate Systems to prototyping a revolutionary new high-end large-format door and window glazing system.  

Planning Consent (reference P/01454/17) Was granted on 28th June 2018 subject to a legal agreement dated 26th June, a copy of which is available from the selling agents. This includes an affordable housing contribution, (being 3% of the Open Market Value less a threshold of £100,000 per property) plus a footpath contribution of £10,000.  

Services Mains water, electricity, and gas are available in Alum Bay New Road and drainage is on site.  

Postcode PO39 0ES 

Viewings All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents, Spence Willard. 

Important Notice 1. Particulars: These particulars are not an offer or contract, nor part of one. You should not rely on statements by Spence Willard in the particulars or by word of mouth or in writing ("information") as being factually accurate about the property, its condition or its value. Neither Spence Willard nor any joint agent has any authority to make any representations about the property, and accordingly any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents, seller(s) or lessor(s). 2. Photos etc: The photographs show only certain parts of the property as they appeared at the time they were taken. Areas, measurements and distances given are approximate only. 3. Regulations etc: Any reference to alterations to, or use of, any part of the property does not mean that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained. A buyer or lessee must find out by inspection or in other ways that these matters have been properly dealt with and that all information is correct. 4. VAT: The VAT position relating to the property may change without notice.  

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Spence Willard

Spence Willard
Cowes Office, Pimento House Number One The Parade Cowes PO31 7QJ

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