An interesting but alarming situation is developing on Horsington Marsh. If you drive from Horsington to Buckhorn Weston you will see, if you look left just after you turn right out of Batchpool Lane on to Moor Lane, that 2 green shipping containers have arrived to join the caravan that has been sitting in the field for some months. A large hole has also appeared in the hedge making a new access. It seems that Masha Estates who operate from Barry in South Wales have, quite legitimately, purchased the 22 acre field at auction: however what they are trying to do with it is at best immoral and, at worst, illegal. If you look at their website http://www.mashaestates.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=135 you will see that they are selling 400-500 square metre plots with the inference that, at some point in the future, these will be serviced with roads (see the small map) and may be able to be built upon. However caveat emptor for the small print at the bottom of the page says
“Masha Estates Ltd do not operate a Collective Investment Scheme as defined in Section 235 of the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Masha Estates Ltd do not provide planning permission, estate management or any such related services on behalf of purchasers. All Plots sold without the benefit on any current planning or development permission or any future guarantee thereof. Planning.
Head Office: Masha House, 47 Tynewydd Road, Barry, CF62 8AZ, UK, Company Reg No: 5475680
At least four plots appear to have already been sold to gullible investors who seem to be trying to proceed with some sort of development, hence the containers.
not least because Horsington Marsh has that name for a good reason (Ed).
Fortunately Senior Enforcement Officer for SSDC, Mr Roger Wotton has been alerted to the situation and placed a Temporary Stop Notice of 28days on Masha and anyone else who is contemplating any sort of development. What this means is that it is now a criminal offence for any further development to take place and the police will take action if alerted. Mr Wotton now plans to implement a full Stop Notice and Enforcement Order and to explore any other legal remedies against Masha Estates and other parties.
So if you happen to be driving along the road, day or night, and see anything untoward happening please telephone the Police on 999 or 0845 4567000.
Masha Estates are definitely operating at the seedy end of the property market. It’s just a shame that there are purchasers out there who are foolish enough to fall for their pitch and pay over £6,000 for a 500 square metre plot of land that can never be anything other than agricultural. If Masha are able to sell all the plots they will clear a cool million pounds over the purchase price. The Blog certainly hopes that Masha catch an almighty cold and the wrath of those who have already parted with their money.
Remember. If you see anything please ring the Police