Bare Land Is Latest Safe Haven For Investment £s

Shirley, Andrew
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/11/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 14, p88
Trade Publication
Investment properties laun-ched in the year 2003 have attracted strong interest, with private non-farming investors fed up of poor stock market returns and low interest rates leading the field. The arable soil at Marston Mortaine, between Bedford and Milton Keynes in England, achieved well over the £2500&fslash;acre guide. None of the six lots of arable soil had any form of planning permission, but the four buyers, all of whom were private investors, saw few other profitable homes for their money and were prepared to take a long-term view. The 235 acres of Grade 2 arable soil at Dunton, near Biggleswade in England, is let under an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy for £ 14,000&fslash;year and, based on the £300,000 asking price, gives a yield of 4.7%. There had been a surprising amount of interest in a portfolio of farms in Essex and Yorks in England, all let under traditional tenancy agreements.


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