EXCLUSIVE: Council agrees �800,000 home with air strip no longer suitable for farm worker

IT comes with a heated swimming pool, tennis court and an air strip –not to mention an �800,000 price tag- and until last week was Britain’s most luxurious farm workers’ home.

But now East Cambs District Council has agreed to lift the agricultural tenancy covenant put on five bedroom Kingfishers Bridge House, 40 Stretham Road, Wicken, when it was built in the 1970s.

“Whilst the decision to remove the restrictive condition is not ideal, it is very difficult to resist given its size and features,” says a report from East Cambs Council planners.

“No 40 is not a typical rural workers dwelling. When the occupancy condition was attached circumstances were different- a rural workers’ house of this size would unlikely be permitted under current policy.”

The decision to lift the restriction was fought against by Wicken Parish Council who said they were “strongly opposed to this application. There seems no good reason to lift this restriction since the agricultural land association with the property – some 300 acres- still exists.”

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The parish council added that “this would set a dangerous precedent since there are several similar restrictions in Wicken parish.”

However East Cambs Council retorted no precedent would be set because the 3,500 square feet house was much bigger than any others with restrictive covenants.

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The council also confirmed it had checked with its housing department who confirmed “for reasons relating to its size and type is not a suitable form of affordable housing.”

The house has a garage with powered doors capable of housing four cars. There is also a large pond surrounded by woodland and a 570m by 38m grass airstrip.

Savills is now re-marketing the house together with two cottages, one kilometre of river frontage and nearly 300 acres of land for �2.3million.

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