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Where There Is Muck There Is Brass: Water Treatment Works For Sale

If it’s true “Where there’s muck, there’s brass” then these former water treatment works which are being sold at auction, could well make you a s**t load of dosh!

But, if like me, you are not familiar with the mechanics of a water treatment works, this simple video: Waste Water Treatment Made Simple explains it:

Now, I don’t think the water treatment works which are being sold at auction, are anything like the size of that shown on the video – or that you’ll be starting your own water treatment plant.  However, if you fancy a site which has potential for a variety of alternative uses and a development angle, then this could be your chance to grab your own piece of a “phosphorous fountain”!

Bovey Cross Water Treatment Works, North Bovey, Newton Abbot, Devon

Guide Price: £150k

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Bovey Cross offers a rare opportunity to convert a former water treatment works into a detached 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom holiday cottage with a swimming pool (no pun intended!).  Situated on an elevated site of approx 0.4 acres in a rural location in the Dartmoor National Park with extensive views towards Moretonhampstead and beyond.  The site is a short walk from the picturesque village of North Bovey with its pub and local church.

Full plans for the conversion were obtained in 2012, however it should be noted that “the development should not be used or occupied other than for the provision of short let holiday accommodation and shall not at any time be used/let/sold or otherwise occupied as a separate dwelling. No person, couple, family or group shall use the accommodation for a single period or cumulative periods exceeding 28 days in any calendar year”.

For more info: Bradleys Estate Agents

Dale Water Treatment Works and Springs, Cumbria

Guide Price: £20k

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This former redundant water treatment works and land is situated on a site of approx 0.49 acres.  Occupying a scenic location some 1¾ miles north of Kirkoswald in a rural spot within Cumbria. This site offers two parcels of land, upon one of which is a former redundant pump house.  For potential future uses, interested parties should consult direct with the Local Planning Office: Eden District Council.

For more info: Pugh

Clarence Villa Waste Pumping Station, Bideford, Devon

Guide price: POA

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Clarence Villa, a former waste water pumping station enjoys a fine location on the banks of the River Torridge at East the Water, Bideford.  The site occupies an overall area of approx 90 sqm (968 sqft) and is located adjacent to an existing doctor’s surgery and a public car parking facility.  The site benefits from planning consent for office use.

For more info: Bradleys Estate Agents

Hallaze Depot, Penwithick, St Austell, Cornwall

Guide price: £200k

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This former water storage facility, offices and depot occupies a site area of approx 1.6 acres.  The site is fenced and access is through double gates. There are a variety of buildings on site including: an office in the style of a bungalow, an old mining engine shed, a pump house, shaft head building and an attached store. The site offers enormous scope for a variety of alternative uses, subject to planning permission. Please note there is an uplift clause.

For more info: Bradleys Estate Agents

Kincraig Waste Water Treatment Plant, Kincraig, Invernes-shire

Guide price: £10k

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The site of a demolished sewage treatment works measuring approx. 32m x 20m (0.344 Acres).  The site is overgrown and is on two levels: the higher level at the entrance gate is surfaced with hard core and appears to be a landscaped area around underground tanks. The lower level extends to the side of the stream. The site is mostly bounded by a net and concrete post fence.  Land to the north of the site (some 70 metres away) has recently been developed for housing by Wilburn Homes. The site offers potential subject to all necessary consents

For more info: SVA

Lynton Water Treatment Works, Lynton, Devon

Guide price: POA

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A substantial former Water Treatment Works site measuring approximately 1.48 acres.  The site contains a building on two floors with various pipework and pumping equipment which will be left in situ. There are also various other buildings on site which form part of the sale.  The site is mainly level and is set in a very pretty valley next to the Barbrook and all within the Exmoor National Park. There is road access to the site and subject to the constraints laid down by the National Park could have a variety of end uses.

For more info: Bradleys Estate Agents

Happy hunting!

  1. Pumps & Valves

    I’m glad to read your blog and the video which you shared here contains a great information. Water treatment works are useful to filter the waste water for reuse. I’d like to say thanks for sharing this impressive blog. Keep sharing such a nice blogs.

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