Oulton Service Reservoir, Old Road, Oulton, nr Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8US

  • Freehold covered reservoir site
  • Potential for alternative use
  • 0.25 acres (0.10 hectares)
  • Vacant possession


The reservoir tank is disconnected and has been locked closed. It will not be made available for inspection.


Miles: Stoke-on-Trent 9 miles, Uttoxeter 14 miles, Stafford 9 miles
Roads: A520, A34, A51, M6 (junctions 14 & 15)
Rail: Stone


The property comprises an earth covered, above ground redundant reservoir constructed of reinforced concrete that would offer strong potential for innovative conversion to alternative uses, including ‘Grand Design’ style conversion to residential or holiday accommodation use.

The site area is approximately 0.25 acres (0.10 hectares). The property is situated on the east side of Old Road, close to the junction with Wash Dale Lane.

The approximate position of the property can be located as follows:
Grid Reference: SJ907361




The Government has demonstrated through the planning system that it is a keen supporter of the custom and self-build sector. There is recognition within national planning guidance of the growing demand from the self-build sector for improved access to opportunities to undertake self-build projects, which will include conversion of existing buildings and structures, often exhibiting innovative and ground-breaking design solutions. The recent Housing White Paper, signals the government’s continued support for custom and self-build housing and the role it can play in helping deliver housing that people want.

Over recent years a growing number of examples from across the UK of high quality conversions have captured the public imagination and inspired more and more people to become involved in realising their own ‘Grand Design’ ambitions. One-off, bespoke solutions are now increasingly gaining planning consent, even in areas often constrained by planning policy. Through the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, and more recently the Housing White Paper, the Government recognises that custom build can be an affordable way to home ownership that provides an opportunity to own a bespoke, sustainably designed and high quality home.

National planning guidance encourages outstanding and innovative design and cautions local planning authorities against stifling innovation, originality and initiative. National and local planning policies also provide support for sympathetic, sustainable rural tourism enterprises as well as general support for the sustainable growth and expansion of all types of business and enterprise in rural areas, including through the conversion of existing buildings.

There is a link to the Legal Pack on this page. All buyers are advised to read the legal pack prior to the auction and to seek independent legal advice in relation to this. The legal pack includes information on the rights and reservations affecting the site, as well as any overage and easements that may be applicable.

Examples of other former Severn Trent DSR’s which have gained planning consent for conversion can be found here at http://stwreservoirs.co.uk/case-studies


Stafford Borough Council (01785 619337) www.staffordbc.gov.uk


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We will also take a hold on funds from your bank card of £4,000 before you can bid.

Please see our Online Bidding and Registration Guide for further information, but note that as soon as you enter your bank details the hold on funds will be taken and this amount on your card will be "reserved" and will in effect leave your account.

We recommend you enter you bank information closer to the auction date, to avoid the £4,000 payment being processed and the funds being "reserved" and held by our Sagepayprovider unnecessarily.

Registration for bidding will close at midday on 29 November, after which we cannot guarantee giving you permission to bid at the auction.


Refer to the legal documentation


No EPC required


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