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A unique opportunity to buy a detached freehold property with planning permission to build an exciting contemporary replacement dwelling Planning reference S.19/1483/FUL.



An individual detached bungalow situated in a lovely rural position at Whiteway, near Miserden. This popular address is part of a close knit community and lies adjacent to Whiteway Colony, famous for its unique practice of Land Tenure. As Almar benefits from individual title deeds that are registered, its tenure is Freehold. The existing bungalow was built in the 1960’s and is of Woolaway construction and sits in a plot of approx 0.422 of an acre (1708 sq m). . The current owners have commissioned progressive local design practise Musami Design, to propose a redevelopment scheme. After a carefully considered creative process, with local consultation and support, detailed planning permission has been obtained. The resulting proposal is a clever, contemporary twist on the Whiteway vernacular that promotes well being and a contemporary way of living. The current accommodation is arranged over one floor and comprises entrance hall, sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. The proposed replacement dwelling is sited in a more central position within the generous plot, meaning that a prospective buyer can retain the existing unit for use as a temporary home or as a secure site office and storage. The new design is modest, as per requirement to nod to the unit it replaces, but embraces flow and connection, with potential for future extension subject to planning permission. The first class design statement describes the designers vision for the build in detail and a link to this can be found within our online listing.


The property benefits from a large garden and parking. The current building is well set within this plot, with a level lawn surrounding it and with a gated access from the road, with mature trees and shrubs dotted around the plot. The parking is to the rear of the plot, accessed from a shared lane that also serves several other properties. The front area of the drive at Almar is designated as a turning area for these properties.

AGENTS NOTE – Prospective purchasers might be interested in the build methodology that has influenced the design for Almar. To minimise the impact of heavy site traffic on the shared private lane this wonderful site offers ease of access to low-loaders on the roadside. From there it would be possible to off-load all manner of building materials to within close proximity of the build itself. For example, the use of factory prepared Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) would enable a water tight structure to be formed in a matter of weeks as opposed to months. Anything that reduces the disruption usually associated with conventional builds will earn serious Brownie points with the new neighbours. The designer is more than happy to enter into further discussion with prospective buyers should that be of interest.


Whiteway is a modest size community approximately 6 miles North East of Stroud. Almar is located on the fringe of the Colony where it and its immediate neighbours are registered Freeholders. The village of Miserden 11/2 miles away boasts an excellent primary school, well supported village shop, pub, renowned plant nursery and cafe. The landscape in this area is a joy for walkers and cyclists. Stroud town is approximately 6 miles distant with a wide range of shops and amenities, community and primary schooling, a leisure and sports centre, and a main line railway station, with inter city services travelling to London (Paddington). Cirencester, Cheltenham and Gloucester are all within comfortable driving distance.

Some brief Colony history:- The Whiteway Colony is just along the road and was established as a Tolstoyan Community in 1898 and comprises around 66 dwellings. The deeds were burnt as a protest against the capitalist notion of private land ownership. As the land is held collectively buyers purchase Colony houses with cash. For those interested in radical social history and decidedly uncharacteristic Cotswold architecture, Whiteway offers both and is still the subject of much scholarly interest.



Council Tax

Band = C


We are informed that mains electricity and mains water are connected to the property

Local Authority

Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill,Westward Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4UB Tel: 01453 766321

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