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Phoenix Property Magazine May 2012

Inside this issue…

Spotlight on: Tydd St Mary & Sutton St James. Lettings: New tenant deposit legislation. EPCs: New legislation changes – do they affect you? Sutton bridge in Bloom update. Property: Stamp Duty Land Tax - Rates & Thresholds Insurance Advice: Liability Insurance PLUS: Full property listings. Front cover photo: Office Planter Pansy

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LOCAL AREA INFORMATION: Tydd St Mary & Sutton St James By Tonia Humberstone, Phoenix Estate Agents

Tydd St Mary Tydd St Mary is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire. The Civil Parish includes the hamlet of Tydd Gote which lies partly in Tydd St Mary and partly in Tydd St Giles, Cambridgeshire. Tydd st Mary has a public house, shop, a local primary school. The Norfolk Green number 50 bus route runs from Wisbech to Long Sutton Monday to Friday passing through 4 times a day. The village has good access to the A1101 road which gives access to both the A17 and via Wisbech the A47. The village has two medieval boundary crosses, one at Manor Hill Corner, which is grade II listed and a scheduled monument, and White Cross which stands north of Poultry Farm at Hunts Gate at the western edge of the village and is a scheduled monument. The parish church is a Grade I listed building dedicated to Saint Mary dating from the 12th century and restored 1869. It has a 15th century west tower and a 15th century font. At the entrance to the churchyard is a grade II listed Lychgate dating from 1919. In the churchyard is a grade II listed fragment of a medieval cross dating from the 14th century. Tysdale House is an early 16th century grade II listed Hall with later alterations. The building was originally H Shape with an open Hall, which was floored in the 17th century and the plan changed in the 18th. The present Dunton Hall is early 19th century, grade II listed and was built on the site of an earlier house, built by Sigismund Trafford who died in 1741. Tydd Station was a railway station on the Peterborough and Sutton Bridge Branch of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, which opened in 1866 and closed in 1959. During the First World War an airfield was established here, during late 1916 or early 1917 as a Home Defence airfield for night patrols. It was used by 51 squadron whose headquarters were at Marham B Flight, established at Tydd St Mary in the summer of 1917. Sutton St James Sutton St James is a village and civil parish in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of Long Sutton. Currently it has a population of around 1100 people. The area is marshy fen land, drained by several small canals and the larger South Holland Main Drain. Sutton St James has a number of amenities including a primary School with a nursery, local convenience shop, farm shop, 2 butchers, Fish & chip shop, pub serving food, gunsmiths shop, playing field and a village hall. The only transport links that are available is the dial a bus service. A school was built in the village in 1859. It was enlarged in 1893 to hold up to 166 children. The school is on Bells Drove and currently has around 110 pupils. Lying in the Lincolnshire Fens, Sutton St James did not exist at the time of Domesday Book of 1086. Sutton St James was a chapelry to the parish of Long Sutton until it was created a civil parish in 1866. The parish church is dedicated to Saint James and is unusual in that the chancel and tower are disconnected, the nave having been destroyed during the Interregnum, when Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector of England. St James Tower is grade II* listed dating from the 15th century, and being restored in 1879 and 1894. St James Chancel is grade II listed, and dates from the 15th century although heavily restored in 1879 and 1894, with a 20th-century extension. The font bowl is 15th-century. St Ives Cross is a 14th century butter cross. All that now remains are four steps, the base and twelve inches of the shaft. It stands at the junction of four roads west of the village. It is a scheduled monument and grade II listed. Unusually for a small village, there is another cross located near Old Fen Dyke, which is believed to be a market cross, nearly 0.75 miles (1.21 km) south west of St Ives Cross. arly, the base, and part of the shaft are all that survive. It is scheduled and grade II


MAIN ROAD, FRIDAY BRIDGE £60,000 Building Plot on the outskirts of the popular village of Friday Bridge. Full planning permission for a 3 bed detached house, Plot measures approx. 37ft/11.2m frontage x 59ft/17.9m depth (sts). Field views front & rear. No upward chain.

TAVERNERS MEWS, LONG SUTTON £65,000 Modern (2006) 2 Bedroom terraced house available on a 50% shared ownership scheme, situated convenient for town centre amenities benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, allocated parking space, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

GARNERS WHARF, SUTTON BRIDGE £74,500 Ground floor leasehold flat in a converted Victorian granary convenient for local amenities & nearby River Nene. 2 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/diner & lounge, bathroom, allocated parking space, electric heating & double glazing. Internal viewing essential!

KIRK ROAD, WALPOLE ST ANDREW £74,950

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE FIXED PRICE £75,000

2 Bedroom terraced cottage benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs bathroom & upstairs cloakroom, rear hall/utility, upvc double glazing, oil central heating and courtyard garden area plus approx. 90ft long further main garden area. No upward chain. View now!

Recently updated 2-3 bedroom terraced house benefiting from refitted kitchen & downstairs bathroom, utility room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, & enclosed low maintenance rear garden. Viewing advised!

CROSBY ROW, SUTTON BRIDGE £75,000

QUEEN STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £78,000

ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! 3 bedroom terraced house, modern kitchen & bathroom, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance patio garden, brick workshop/shed & no upward chain.

Victorian terraced house requiring some further cosmetic updating, 2 double bedrooms, lounge/diner, rear lobby/utility, refitted white bathroom suite, gas central heating, part UPVC double glazing, off road parking, enclosed south facing patio garden with 2 outbuildings & no upward chain.

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £75,000 Victorian 2 bedroom end terraced house situated convenient for bus stops & Spar convenience store benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs bathroom, enclosed courtyard garden, gas central heating & no upward chain – view now!

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £79,995 ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Recently refurbished 2 bedroom terraced house, UPVC conservatory, refitted kitchen & bathroom, lounge/ diner, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed rear garden.


Individual conversion development of 12 properties with allocated off road parking situated in convenient walking distance of local amenities and bus stops. PLOT 1: £69,950 1 bedroom end terraced coach house (approx 54.1 sqm) Open plan lounge/diner and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs en-suite bathroom to the bedroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 2: £72,500 1 bedroom terraced coach house (approx 59.3 sqm) Open plan lounge/diner and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs en-suite bathroom to the bedroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 3: £77,500 2 bedroom terraced coach house (approx 78.8 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen plus downstairs bathroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 4: £79,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 45.7 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge & kitchen, private garden & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 5: £67,500 2 bedroom ground floor apartment Open plan lounge & kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 40.8 sqm)

PLOT 6: £75,000 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 56.0 sqm) Double aspect lounge and separate kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 7: £59,995 1 bedroom ground floor bedsit apartment (approx 34.4 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen plus en-suite shower room to the bedroom & 1 allocated parking space. PLOT 8: £ 86,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 65.8 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge and kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 9: £86,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 64.3 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen, en-suite shower room to master bedroom plus further bathroom. 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 10: £67,500 2 bedroom first floor apartment Open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 42.0 sqm)

PLOT 11: £69,950 2 bedroom first floor apartment (approx 43.1 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 12: £69,950 2 bedroom first floor apartment Open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 49.3 sqm)

SPECIFICATION: - Kitchens: Fitted units plus oven, hob with extractor, space for fridge/freezer, space/plumbing for washing machine. - Bathroom/Cloakroom/En-Suite: Fitted with white suite. - Double glazing & Gas central heating - Carpets/floor coverings included. *All information subject change.

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WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £79,995

KING JOHN BANK, WALPOLE ST ANDREW £89,950

GAULTREE SQUARE, EMNETH £95,000

Recently updated 2-3 bedroom terraced house benefiting from refitted kitchen & downstairs bathroom, utility room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, & enclosed low maintenance rear garden. Viewing advised!

2-3 Bedroom detached bungalow requiring modernisation in a rural location on an overall plot of 0.19 acre (sts) benefiting from front field views,1-2 reception rooms, utility, built in store room & workshop, carport & driveway, oil central heating, generous rear garden & no upward chain.

2 Bedroom semi detached house situated in a popular village requiring further updating and benefiting from 2 reception rooms, conservatory, upvc double glazing, enclosed rear garden with part field view & no upward chain. View now!

ST MARKS ROAD, HOLBEACH ST MARKS OFFERS OVER £90,000

LIME STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £96,000 FIXED PRICE

Modern 3 bedroom semi detached house in a rural village location benefiting from kitchen/diner, oversized integral single garage, off road parking, enclosed rear garden, upvc double glazed windows, solid fuel central heating & no upward chain. Viewing advised!

ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Refurbished 2 bedroom period end terraced house, 2 reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, enclosed rear garden, allocated parking space, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain.

NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £80,000 Building plot. Approx 0.5 acre site, outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling. Popular residential location, field view to one side, mature trees on site. Golf course nearby.

CUSTOM HOUSE ST, SUTTON BRIDGE £85,000 Victorian 2-3 Bedroom mid terraced house benefiting from 2 reception rooms, ground floor refitted shower room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler, enclosed rear garden & off road parking. View now!

CHESTNUT TERRACE, SUTTON BRIDGE £92,950 Edwardian terraced house benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern refitted kitchen & bathroom, gas central heating, upvc double glazing & approx 100ft long enclosed rear garden. Internal viewing essential.

WEST PARADE, WISBECH £102,500 3 Bedroom end-terraced house situated close to the town centre, 2 reception rooms, downstairs shower room, majority double glazing & gas central heating, off road parking, rear garden & no upward chain.


Letting advice: Landlords warned over new tenant deposit legislation. By Rob Smy, MARLA, director of Fenland Estates

Local landlords are being warned to ensure they are keeping up to date with letting legislation, writes Rob Smy, director of Fenland Estates, the ARLA licensed specialist residential lettings agency with offices in Wisbech and Long Sutton. One often missed piece of regulation is that surrounding the protection of tenants deposits which came into force in April 2007. If a landlord fails to protect any deposit taken in the prescribed manner there are a number of implications. Significantly, they can be ordered by court to pay a fine of three times the deposit to the tenant. However in recent years the powers of the Courts to impose these penalties have been eroded due to a number of high profile judgements which has resulted in some landlords paying little regard to the legislation. The new Localism Act includes measures to overcome previous Court of Appeal decisions and landlords are warned to ensure they are fully compliant with the regulations. If the landlord fails to protect the deposit or to send the statutory information within 30 days the Court must now award compensation of between one and three times the amount of the deposit. Default will also make section 21 Notices for possession invalid as previously. Another area surrounding deposits is the failure of many landlords to agree a detailed property inventory with their tenants. In the event of any dispute this is the only evidence the landlord has of any damages. With staff trained to APIP (Association of Professional Inventory Providers) standard, Fenland Estates are able to offer local landlords an in house inventory completion service which can be relied upon in the event of a dispute. Fenland Estates is a specialist residential letting agent which has been accredited Licensed Agent status with ARLA, the Association of Residential Letting Agents. As such they are required to keep abreast of all current lettings legislation. With new, unlicensed agencies regularly appearing, anyone thinking of letting is advised to seek the specialist advice of a licensed ARLA agent. A list of local licensed agents can be found via www.arla.co.uk. For those landlords who prefer to manage their own tenancies rather than use the management services of a letting agent, Fenland Estates are happy to give private landlords an individual advice service tailored to their specific needs. Landlords wishing to discuss this service further can contact Fenland Estates on 01945 466642 or 01406 363006


BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH OIEO £107,950 New build 2 bedroom terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH £109,950 New build 2 bedroom terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

PRINCES STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £109,995

NENE MEADOWS, SUTTON BRIDGE £124,950

1920’s 3 Bedroom semi detached house, lounge/diner, downstairs bathroom, generous enclosed rear garden with off road parking & outbuildings include utility, store & coal store, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler.

Modern 3 Bedroom semi detached house in a cul de sac location, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler 2011, garage with attached workshop, off road parking, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £112,000 Modern 3 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently located for local amenities. UPVC double glazing, Electric night storage heating, Off road parking, Kitchen/Diner & Enclosed south facing low maintenance patio garden. No Upward Chain.

BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH £112,500 LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £109,950 2 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently situated for local amenities, kitchen/diner, utility, cloakroom, refitted bathroom, off road parking potential, enclosed rear garden with workshop, UPVC double glazing & gas central heating. Viewing advised!

New build 2 bedroom end terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

BRIDGE ROAD, LONG SUTTON £124,950 Edwardian 3 bedroom semi detached house convenient for bus stop benefiting from lounge/diner, refitted downstairs bathroom, gas central heating, UPVC double glazing, approx 180ft long enclosed rear garden (sts) & no upward chain. Internal viewing essential to appreciate fully.

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £125,000 Modernised 3 storey terraced house benefiting from 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility, ground floor cloakroom, first floor bathroom, low maintenance rear garden offering off road parking, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain.


EPC legislation changes. How does it affect you? By Jaimie Rice, Manager, Phoenix Estate Agents The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2007 deal with the duties to provide Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) when buildings are constructed, sold or rented out. On 6th April this year EPC legislation changes came into force affecting properties being sold or rented. There is a lot of confusion on how the legislation affects property owners and their marketing agents, so here are some answers to the most common questions we are asked: WHAT IS AN EPC? Domestic EPCs give buildings both an energy performance and an environmental impact rating on a scale of A-G. Non-domestic EPCs are slightly different in that they only give buildings an energy performance rating. EPC ratings are similar to consumerfriendly fridge ratings and are based on factors such as age, property layout, construction, heating, lighting & insulation. The ratings for both domestic and non-domestic EPCs are standard so the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of a similar type. Both domestic and non-domestic EPCs also include a recommendation report advising property owners or occupants on cost effective ways to improve its energy efficiency. The certificate will also show the rating that could be achieved if all the cost effective recommendations were implemented. The EPC must have been prepared by an accredited energy assessor. Energy Assessors (DEAs) have been required to complete an exam and gain a refreshed qualification to continue to produce and provide EPCs on or after the 6th April 2012. HOW LONG IS AN EPC VALID FOR & HOW SOON SHOULD THE EPC BE MADE AVAILABLE? EPCs are valid for 10 years. It should be made available as early as possible and in particular when a prospective buyer or tenant requests information in writing or views the property in question. In addition, the seller or landlord must ensure that an EPC has been given to the person who ultimately becomes the buyer or tenant. The EPC must be commissioned at the first point of marketing and must be available (through all reasonable efforts) within 7 days. In the scenario that the EPC is not available within 7 days there is an allowance of a further 21 days to retrieve the EPC however there must be reasons and evidence to support the delay in these exceptional circumstances. If the EPC is unavailable after 28 days from first point of marketing then the property must be taken off the market. MY PROPERTY IS/HAS BEEN MARKETED WITH AN EPC PRIOR TO THE DATE REGULATIONS CHANGED – DO THE NEW CHANGES AFFECT ME? The new legislation only affects properties coming to the market on or after the 6th April 2012. Any property that is currently on the market will not be affected by the new legislation changes, however if there is a break in the marketing and the property returns to the market on or after the 6th April 2012 then the new legislation applies. If an existing EPC already exists for a property and it is no more than 10 years old then it can still be used. HOW DO THE CHANGES EFFECT THE WAY MY MARKETING AGENT DISPLAYS THE EPC FOR MY PROPERTY? The 1st page of the EPC must be properly attached to all written particulars (the EPC graph is no longer acceptable). There is some confusion over where this fully applies & no doubt some agents will tread a thin line on compliance. But I would advise that any agents property details or website advertising where photos, room dimensions &/or floorplans are used will need to display the full first page, to cover themselves regarding compliance. This does not apply to adverts, so window cards & newspaper adverts are not affected. The EPC can be presented in black & white rather than colour and in sizes from A5 to A4 or bigger, but the agent must ensure they are complying with other legislative requirements including the Equality Act 2010 which are in place broadly to ensure everyone is able to view, read & understand what is being presented etc. Presenting the EPC in an illegible format will not be complying with the legislation. I HAVE EMPLOYED AN AGENT TO SELL/RENT MY HOME – ARE THEY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING A COPY OF THE EPC TO POTENTIAL BUYERS/TENANTS? No. It is ultimately the responsibility of sellers and landlords to ensure that an EPC is made available to potential buyers and tenants. Most estate agents hold the EPC on file as a PDF document which can be emailed to solicitors & potential buyers, if unable to be sent to relevant parties electronically it can be printed. For obvious reasons (costs) we prefer to email rather than print where we can. WHO ENFORCES THE LEGISLATION & WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR A BREACH? Trading Standards Officers (TSOs) now have stronger enforcement powers and can provide on the spot fines. For residential buildings the penalty is £200. For non-residential buildings the penalty is a sum equivalent to 12.5% of the rateable value of the building subject to a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £5,000. Both the seller/landlord & their representative (agent) may be liable for the penalty charge. Some of the new legislation is being introduced to aid in compliance checking so that TSOs can window shop agents or sit in their office and click through properties on Portals without the need to visit the specific agency to check for compliance. WHAT KIND OF EVIDENCE WILL TRADING STANDARDS OFFICERS ACCEPT AS PROOF THAT AN EPC HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED? The Local Trading Standards Officer could advise what they would find acceptable by using their judgment. It is thought that they would need to see written confirmation it has been commissioned or a copy of the commission itself.


STANLEY DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £125,000

STATION ROAD, TYDD GOTE £129,995

Modern 3 bedroom semi detached house in a sought after location, over 100ft long rear garden, downstairs cloakroom, refitted bathroom, kitchen/diner, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, garage & driveway. View now!

3 Bedroom detached bungalow with field views to the rear, re-fitted kitchen & shower room, conservatory, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & off road parking, enclosed rear garden. No upward chain. Viewing strongly advised.

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £126,000 Residential development opportunity. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. View Now!

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £129,500 Detached 19th century character cottage benefiting from lounge/diner, sun room, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, 2 double bedrooms, refitted shower room, majority upvc double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed garden & off road parking. View now!

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £137,000 Detached bungalow requiring some further modernisation, 2-3 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, bath/shower room & separate cloakroom, gas central heating, double glazing, integral garage & extensive off road parking, enclosed rear garden with feature patio & no upward chain.

MAIN ROAD, GEDNEY DROVE END £132,250 Detached bungalow situated in a rural village location, 2 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, generous enclosed relatively low maintenance rear garden offering extensive off road parking, garage & workshop. UPVC double glazing, LPG central heating. Viewing a must!

CHURCH DROVE, OUTWELL £139,995 3 Bedroom detached house situated convenient for local primary school and village amenities, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, downstairs cloakroom lpg central heating, part upvc double glazing, attached garage, extensive off road parking, enclosed gardens & no upward chain.

WEST STREET, LONG SUTTON OIRO £135,000 Detached circa Edwardian cottage in a town centre location with permitted use as chiropody clinic on the ground floor with reception room, treatment room, kitchen, utility & cloakroom. Plus self contained residential 1 bedroom apartment on the first floor. UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, gardens & no upward chain.

STURTON WAY,LONG SUTTON £149,995 Detached bungalow situated in a popular location requiring further updating benefiting from 3 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, garage, driveway, enclosed low maintenance gardens & no upward chain. View now!


WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £149,995

LUTTON GOWTS, LONG SUTTON £159,995

MAIN ROAD, GEDNEY DROVE END £169,950

Detached bungalow situated in a popular location, 2 double bedrooms, conservatory/utility, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, bathroom with corner bath & separate shower, garage & off road parking, good size rear garden.

3 Bedroom detached bungalow situated on the outskirts of Long Sutton, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, bathroom, shower room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking , feature enclosed garden. No upward chain.

Modern (2002) detached bungalow in a rural village location with field views benefiting from 3 double bedrooms, ensuite, refitted kitchen/diner, utility room, conservatory, redecorated throughout, refitted carpets, single garage, driveway & enclosed gardens. No upward chain. Viewing advised.

FOLDS LANE, LONG SUTTON OFFERS OVER £150,000

VILLA CLOSE, LUTTON (LONG SUTTON) £165,000

DELPH ROAD, LONG SUTTON £174,950

2 Bedroom detached bungalow situated convenient to town centre facilities in a secluded position with generous south facing rear garden, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, utility, detached garage & off road parking, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating.

Modernised detached bungalow in a popular cul de sac with field views to one side, 2 double bedrooms, individual open plan layout, modern refitted kitchen/breakfast room, dining room/study, refitted bathroom, enclosed rear garden, off road parking, upvc double glazing & gas central heating. Viewing essential to appreciate fully!

Modernised detached bungalow, 2 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, modern fitted kitchen & bath/shower room, oversized single garage with office, extensive off road parking, enclosed rear garden, majority upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain. Viewing essential!

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £159,950 Refurbished 3 Bedroom detached house, en-suite to master bedroom, downstairs cloakroom, utility, 2 reception rooms, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, garage & driveway, rear garden with field view. Planning permission for 1st floor extension. Internal viewing essential to appreciate fully!

LIME WALK, LONG SUTTON £165,000 Modern extended 4 bedroom detached house on a corner plot, convenient for local amenities, 38ft long lounge/diner, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed rear garden, garage & driveway.

DELPH ROAD, LONG SUTTON £174,950 3 bedroom detached chalet style cottage on the outskirts of Long Sutton. Downstairs 2 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen/diner, utility and conservatory. Upstairs bedroom, shower room & reception room. Garage, off road parking & established gardens. Field views to the front. Viewing a must!


Sutton Bridge In Bloom 2012 Update By Teresa, Big Bloomers member Last year I wrote a report which gave the history of the bulbs which we had obtained, free of charge from Top Score Bulbs, Baytree Nurseries and Taylors Bulbs – all in Spalding. These bulbs were planted over a period of time with the last lot going in around March 2011. The fruits of our labours are now evident from Bridge Road right through to the East Bank. The pictures shown below do not do justice to the wonderful display which these bulbs have given over a period from early February until now, and are still going strong. Indeed, the east bank is a joy to behold and one would be hard put not to agree that they are a very welcoming sight when entering our village. We will be looking to build on this success and plant more bulbs over the coming autumn/winter; although I think we need to look at possible planting sites carefully so that we do not cause the grass cutter too many problems. If you know of a public site that needs prettying up with spring bulbs, do please let us know, or even better, come along and help us with the planting. We will be planting bulbs in our new beds at the entrance to the Memorial Park so that in spring 2013 these beds should look a picture well before the summer planting shows itself. We have already planted winter aconite and snowdrops under the large tree at the entrance to the Memorial Park. These bulbs were donated by a Sutton Bridge resident. It is unfortunate that the area under the tree has been sprayed with weed killer by an unknown person – let’s hope it hasn’t caused too much damage and that eventually the grass will grow back and can be regularly cut by the in-bloom team. Whether the planted bulbs will survive the spraying, remains to be seen. Sincere thanks are extended to all those who helped with the bulb planting, ex-Bloomers and other volunteers including Community Payback – we couldn’t have done it without all the extra ‘hands’.

A general view from East Bank looking towards the bridge.

General view at East Bank (bordering A17) The above are a particularly pretty variety of small tulip which flowers much earlier than the normal varieties. This was up and flowering end February/early March.

NEWS UPDATE: Sutton Bridge in Bloom are holding their Annual Fundraiser at St. Matthews Church Sutton Bridge on SATURDAY, 26TH MAY from 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm. Stalls will include: Plants, Bric-a-Brac, Books, DVD’s, CD’s Handmade Cards, Raffle, Tombola, Water Colours by local artist. Refreshments with homemade cakes and biscuits. If you wish to help the Bloomers then please contact us either via telephone on: 07717 460382 or email us: bigbloomers@btinternet.com. You don’t need to become a member, you can just volunteer your time as and when you feel like it.


GEDNEY ROAD, LONG SUTTON £179,950

LONGDON CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £189,995

3 Bedroom 1930s detached house on an overall plot of 0.15 acre (sts), 2 reception rooms, conservatory, refitted kitchen with integral appliances, utility, refitted upstairs bathroom & downstairs shower room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, garage, extensive parking & enclosed rear garden with part field views.

Modern (1997) detached bungalow situated in a popular cul de sac benefiting from 3-4 double bedrooms, ensuite, conservatory, refitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garage & driveway, south facing enclosed rear garden, wood effect upvc double glazing & gas central heating.

MAIN ROAD, TYDD GOTE £184,995

STANLEY DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE £189,950

Modern detached bungalow in a popular location benefiting from 4 double Period detached cottage with layout giving bedrooms, en-suite, conservatory, potential to separate into 2 parts. 5 kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, garage & driveway, low maintenance downstairs cloakroom, central heating, enclosed rear garden, wood effect upvc separate workshop/garage building & double glazing, gas central heating & no enclosed garden. upward chain. Viewing a must!

ANNE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £185,000 3 Bedroom detached bungalow with field view to the rear, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, bathroom with corner bath & double shower cubicle, cloakroom, conservatory, side and rear garden areas, garage & off road parking. view to appreciate size & layout.

CHURCH STREET, GEDNEY DAWSMERE £199,950 3 Bedroom detached former school masters house in a rural village location with field views, overall plot approaching 0.3 acre (stms), character features, 2 reception rooms, majority UPVC double glazed windows, oil central heating, extensive parking, detached barn: workshop & garage.

CHURCHGATE, GEDNEY £199,995 Detached bungalow in a non estate village location with rear field view, 3 double bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, double garage, extensive driveway, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating & enclosed south facing rear garden. No upward chain.

EAU DYKE BANK, TYDD ST GILES OIEO £199,995 4 Bedroom semi detached cottage, edge of village rural location, overall plot of 3/4 acre (sts), feature views, 3 reception rooms, downstairs wetroom, upstairs bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, wash room, double glazing, double garage, workshop & gardens.

WRIGHTS LANE & NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £205,000 Residential development opportunity, 2 sites together. Total of 5 plots. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. Plus further approx 0.5 acre site with outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling and separate access


Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates & Thresholds By Jaimie Rice, Manager, Phoenix Estate Agents Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is charged on land and property transactions in the UK. The tax is charged at different rates and has different thresholds for different types of property and different values of transaction. The tax rate and payment threshold can vary according to whether the property is in residential or non-residential use, and whether it is a freehold or leasehold. SDLT relief is available for certain kinds of property or transaction. SDLT rates for residential land or property The table below applies for all freehold residential purchases and transfers and the premium paid for a new lease or the assignment of an existing lease. (If the property will be used for both residential and non-residential purposes the rates differ - please see the section 'SDLT for non-residential or mixed use property'). Purchase price/lease premium or transfer value SDLT rate Up to £125,000 Zero Over £125,000 to £250,000 1% Over £250,000 to £500,000 3% Over £500,000 to £1 million 4% Over £1 million to £2 million 5% Over £2 million from 22/03/2012 7% Over 2 million (purchased by certain 15% persons including corporate bodies) from 21/03/2012 If the value is above the payment threshold, SDLT is charged at the appropriate rate on the whole of the amount paid. £2 million threshold for wholly residential property: From 22 March 2012 SDLT on residential properties over £2 million is charged at 7% It does not apply to non-residential or mixed-use properties. If you exchanged contracts before the higher rate came into force on 22 March 2012) the 5% rate will apply. This only applies where the contract is unconditional and unaltered on or after 21 March 2012. Higher rate for corporate bodies: From 21 March 2012 SDLT is charged at 15% on interests in residential dwellings costing more than £2 million purchased by certain non-natural persons. This broadly includes bodies corporate, for example companies, collective investment schemes and all partnerships with one or more members who are either a body corporate or a collective investment scheme. There are exclusions for companies acting in their capacity as trustees for a settlement and property developers who meet certain conditions. If you exchanged contracts before the higher rate charge came into force on 21 March 2012, the 5% will apply. This only applies where the contract is unconditional and unaltered on or after 21 March 2012. Properties bought in a disadvantaged area: If the property is in an area designated by the government as 'disadvantaged' a higher threshold of £150,000 applies for residential properties. SDLT rates for non-residential or mixed use properties Non-residential property includes: commercial property such as shops or offices, agricultural land, forests, any other land or property which is not used as a dwelling, six or more residential properties bought in a single transaction. A mixed use property is one that incorporates both residential and non-residential elements. The table below applies for freehold and leasehold non-residential and mixed use purchases and transfers. If the transaction involves the purchase of a new lease with a substantial annual rent, there may be additional SDLT charge to that shown below, based on the rent. Purchase price/lease premium or transfer value (non-residential or mixed use) SDLT rate Up to £150,000 - annual rent is under £1,000 Zero Up to £150,000 - annual rent is £1,000 or more 1% Over £150,000 to £250,000 1% Over £250,000 to £500,000 3% Over £500,000 4% Note that for the above purpose the annual rent is the highest annual rent known to be payable in any year of the lease, not the net present value used to determine any tax payable on the rent as described below. SDLT on rent - new residential leasehold purchase When a new residential lease has a substantial annual rent, SDLT is payable on both of the following, which are calculated separately and then added together: the lease premium (purchase price) & the 'net present value' (NPV) of the rent payable. The NPV is based on the value of the total rent over the life of the lease and can be worked out using HMRC's online calculator (link below). In practice SDLT only becomes payable on a fairly high rent - starting at around £4,500 a year for a 99-year lease, for example. However the exact amount depends on the length of the lease. Net present value of rent - residential SDLT rate £0 - £125,000 Zero Over £125,000 1% of the value that exceeds £125,000 If six or more residential properties form part of a single transaction the rules, rates and thresholds for non-residential properties apply. The amounts paid for all the properties in the transaction must be added together in order to establish the rate of tax payable. SDLT on rent - new non-residential or mixed use leasehold purchase When a new non-residential or mixed use lease has a substantial annual rent, SDLT is payable on both of the following which are calculated separately and then added together: the lease premium or purchase price, the net present value of the rent payable (this is based on the value of the total rent over the life of the lease and can be worked out using HMRC's online calculators) Net present value of rent - non-residential SDLT rate £0 - £150,000 Zero Over £150,000 1% of the value that exceeds £150,000 (All info taken from HMRC website)


STATION ROAD, LONG SUTTON OIRO £239,950

STABLE COURT, LEVERINGTON £275,000

Detached chalet bungalow in a cul-de-sac location with rear field views, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden room, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & driveway, en-suite cloakroom, downstairs cloakroom.

Detached house, original part dating back to mid 1800s, part field views, 4 double bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, upstairs bath/shower room, downstairs cloakroom, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, side gardens, no upward chain.

Modern 4 bedroom detached chalet style house offering open plan kitchen/family room plus 2 formal reception rooms, ensuite to master bedroom, downstairs cloakroom, utility, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, south facing enclosed side/rear garden, detached double garage, extensive parking.

CHALK ROAD, WALPOLE ST PETER OIEO £230,000

NIGHTINGALE WAY, SUTTON BRIDGE £249,950

Modern detached house in a popular village location, 4 double bedrooms, ensuite to master, family bathroom, downstairs cloakroom, lounge, kitchen/diner, utility, upvc double glazing, oil central heating, integral garage, off road parking & enclosed rear garden with feature covered wooden terrace. Viewing a must!

Detached Allison 'Mayfield' design house built 2005 and situated in a sought after location benefiting from 4 double bedrooms, en-suite, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, double garage, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & low maintenance gardens

FIRDALE CLOSE, PEAKIRK £220,000

NIGHTINGALE WAY, SUTTON BRIDGE £259,950 CHALK ROAD, WALPOLE ST PETER OIEO £230,000 Modern (2009) 4 Bedroom detached house in a popular village location, en-suite & dressing room to master bedroom, 3 reception rooms, utility room, cloakroom, wood effect upvc double glazing, oil central heating, enclosed rear garden with field view, off road parking.

Detached Allison 'Canterbury' design house built 2005, sought after location, 5 double bedrooms, 2 en-suites, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, integral double garage, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed rear gardens.

CHALK ROAD, WALPOLE ST PETER £279,995 Modern detached house, 4 double bedrooms, dressing room & en-suite to master bedroom, 2nd bedroom with ensuite, downstairs cloakroom, 3 reception rooms & conservatory, kitchen, utility room & breakfast room, integral double garage, established enclosed rear garden, UPVC double glazing & no upward chain.

STONEGATE, GEDNEY (SOUTH) £280,000 Executive detached bungalow, 4 bedrooms, en-suite cloakroom, 2 conservatories, kitchen/diner, utility, bath/shower room, double garage with office & cloakroom, extensive block paved driveway, landscaped low maintenance gardens, non-estate village location with rear field view.


SALTS ROAD, WEST WALTON OIEO ÂŁ294,995 Modern 5 bedroom detached house, overall plot 0.19 acre (sts), 2 en-suites, kitchen/diner, conservatory, study, utility, downstairs cloakroom, workshop, double garage & extensive parking, oil central heating, UPVC double glazing & secluded rear garden with decking area.

BACK ROAD, MURROW ÂŁ299,995 Modern 6 bedroom house situated in a rural village location benefiting from 3 reception rooms, 3 en-suites, family bath/shower room & downstairs cloakroom, utility room, detached garage, off road parking, enclosed garden, upvc double glazing & oil central heating. Viewing essential!

MORE PROPERTIES NEEDED Due to recent sales success we urgently need more properties to offer potential buyers. Do you have a property to sell in our area? If so, please contact us for an informal chat or to arrange a free no obligation appraisal on your property. Tel: 01406 359131 or email: phoenixea@btconnect.com If you have instructed another agent on a sole agency basis, the terms of that agreement must be considered.


Insurance Advice: Liability Have you thought about it? By Elizabeth Spriggs, Coversure Insurance Wisbech Coversure Insurance Services is an independent insurance broker who is not tied to any particular insurance provider. We work with the UK’s largest insurance providers to ensure that your quote is not only competitively priced but offers the most appropriate cover to suit your individual needs. Currently we are targeting combined and public liability policies for all types of businesses whether your a tradesman to a florist and everything in between we have several competitively priced products at the moment offering excellent levels of cover. Are you holding an event for the Queens Jubilee and not thought about liability aspect of it or unsure if your current insurance would cover it please give us a call we will be more than happy to assist you in the right direction as you don’t want to not be insured for it in case anything happens.

Please keep Coversure in mind for any insurance you have coming up as we cover all aspects of insurance and will scan the market to get you a competitive premium and hopefully better cover. If you would like us to assist or advise you please contact Jane, Kat or Liz.

Tel: 0800 308 1140


Phoenix Estate Agents Property Magazine May 2012  

Phoenix Estate Agents Property Magazine May 2012.

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