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Price-check on nature site sale

Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:02:08

The Friends of High House Woods, formed after the Lickey wildlife area was put up for sale, are applying to Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council for a grant to pay for an independent valuation of the site.

The parish council was awaiting an application from the group after hearing that the district valuer had said a valuation would cost around £200.

Parish councillor Jill Harvey told councillors: “Since 2005 there has been a lot of public money spent on High House Woods to improve wildlife habitats and access for people.

“We are just about to come up to the autumn maintenance schedule – do we want to carry on and do the work? The asking price of £225,000 seems excessive, so it is not going to sell very quickly; it could be on the market for some time.”

Parish chairman Nick Forknell asked: “Because the wood is up for sale is it an opportunity for us to do something about that?”

Coun Harvey said: “We would have to raise funds and all the advice we are getting is that it is over-valued.

“Every indication we have had is that that is one of the last places in Bromsgrove that could be built on.”

“We would like to get a professional valuer to value it. We have asked the district valuer and he has said it would cost about £200.”

Coun Janet King agreed: “We need to know what we are talking about.”

Resident Keith Woolford, who is part of the Friends of High House Wood group, asked: “Would the parish council consider a grant application from a group to pay for the valuation?”

Coun Forknell replied: “We will await a grant application and then consider that.”

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