Received a registered letter from the Departement (46) today.
It’s the formal notice of a parcel of land being sold next to my property, and the opportunity to declare an interest in purchasing all or part.
It’s fully agricultural right now, but I suspect at a point nearer than I thought in the future, has the potential for a more commercial use combined with 2 properties adjacent on the other side, and possibly mine as well.
It’s an odd shaped parcel that seems to have been left when land was requisitioned to make a major road. Acquiring this parcel, or the part of it between me and the main road (the opporunity to purchase ‘all or part’ is an option in the official letter), would connect me to the main road at the back, as well as the very minor road at the front where our main entrance is. (Though permission might never be given to access the main road at that point. But I bet it would, for a commercial development.)
I am speculating this could be an innocent local sale with farming continuing, or the farmer buying back the ‘leftover’ land that was requisitioned for the main road around 15-18 years ago, but not used for the road. However a farmer does make a load of hay on it each year. So if the Dept themselves still own it (looks like they do, on the plan) he must have had.some sort of licence to use it meanwhile.
Not sure why he’d want to buy it back now though which, defensively, is what worries me .
I don’t want any more land unless for defensive reasons. (Not sure I could find the dosh either, but will try, if needs must.)
Other than enquiring at the mairie, what are the best steps to take to find out what’s going on and, in case necessary, protect my position from being cut off from the main road in future, with that corner of the parcel being sold with perhaps vehicles going in and out all day in future, entering a much bigger joined-up commercial development of that and the 2 or 3 parcels joined up on the other side of the land, potentially arising next door at some point in the future?
I am happy not to ruffle local feathers if it looks like a normal agricultural sale, more worried about if it morphs into something else.
I will also ask my former neighbour from nearby if he knows anything. Could the notaire that sold us the property add anything if contacted?