Earlsdale Fisheries offers opportunity for new business
Published August 2nd, 2016
A unique opportunity to start a small rural business and live in one of the most beautiful parts of Shropshire has arisen with the sale of Earlsdale Fisheries at Pontesford near Shrewsbury.
The property comprises established fishing pools and paddocks with the total area extending to 8.76 acres (3.5 hectares) and Berrys is offering it for sale with a guide price of £215,000 which includes the benefit of full planning permission for a temporary workers dwelling and fishery building.
Located just north of Pontesford Hill between Pontesbury and Pontesford, the land is divided into two enclosures each with an established well-stocked fishing pool. The original water body (Lane Pool) has been managed as a recreational fishery for many years whereas Millennium Pool is a purpose-built fishery that was opened for angling in 2000. The pools are linked by a small stream.
“We are delighted to offer this property for sale which offers a great opportunity for someone to run their own small business and live on site,” said Mark Morison.
“The property has full planning permission for the erection of a static caravan for use as a temporary agricultural (fishery) workers dwelling with associated office and garage to include grow-on tanks and utility room so the new owner can rear fish to restock the pools,” he said.
Once the business has become successfully established it is likely that an application for a permanent dwelling would be favourably looked upon by the planning authority.
A specialist fishery consultant studied the business ahead of the planning application and reported that the provision of facilities in which to rear small trout to sizes suitable for introduction into the pools would reduce restocking costs and better maintain stocks on a ‘little and often’ basis.
“The income potential from the pools at the moment is around £16,000 but the consultant suggested that having a fishery manager on site would enable income to be boosted to around £25,000 as achieved by the previous owner when he included initiatives linking with other local businesses to provide fishing for organised groups,” Mark said.
The pools are stocked with both rainbow and brown trout and fishing is currently managed for anglers using a dual system comprising a restricted number of season permits and day or half day permits. Although much of the fishing is undertaken on a catch and release basis anglers are allowed to retain a restricted number of catches.
The current owner operates the fishery with both season tickets, each costing around £170, and day fishing for casual visitors at a cost of £15 for a full day with a catch retention limit of three fish and £10 for a half day with a two fish limit.
“There is also opportunity to increase income through letting the paddocks or using the grass area for a complementary activity such as camping or caravans, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents,” Mark said.