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The Sandbanks garage that could end up as a house worth £1.3m

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Could this GARAGE end up as a house worth more than £1million? The simple plot for sale in Sandbanks – one of the world’s priciest property markets

  • Offers are being invited on the garage in the expensive area of Sandbanks 
  • It has potential to be developed into a family home, says local estate agent
  • The average house price in Sandbanks is £1,239,904, up £60,000 in a year

It’s not much to look at, but a garage for sale in Sandbanks could end up being worth £1.3million if it is transformed into a family home.

The potential fully-developed price for a home on the simple plot is based on properties in the sought-after area on the south coast that have sold during the past year. 

The garage doesn’t feature an asking price – and instead invites bids from potential buyers – but it sits on Rightmove around other properties in the £400,000 bracket.

And despite its nondescript looks, it could prove to be in high demand. Sandbanks is known for having some of the most expensive and in-demand property in the world, with many homes bought to be knocked down and replaced with new buildings that make the most of every square inch of the plot.

For sale: Offers are being invited on this garage in the sought-after area of Sandbanks in Dorset

For sale: Offers are being invited on this garage in the sought-after area of Sandbanks in Dorset

Sandbanks in Dorset is known for having some of the most expensive property in the world

Sandbanks in Dorset is known for having some of the most expensive property in the world

There are only 70 or so homes around the edge of the peninsula in Dorset, making a location on the seafront highly sought-after.

Celebrities who live in the area include former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and QPR boss and I’m a Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp.

The average price of a property on Sandbanks is £1,239,904, up almost £60,000 during the past year, according to property website Zoopla. It is almost four times the average £316,516 price of a British home.

Properties that have sold in the area during the past year, include a five-bedroom new home in Banks Road, which is one of the roads on the seafront – for £6,850,000.

That property stretched across 6,865 sq ft, producing a price per sq ft of £1,000.

If the same price per sq ft is applied to the garage once it is extended and developed into a family home, it could end up being worth more than £1million.

The garage is also on Banks Road – although it is not on the seafront side of the street. 

A popular location near the seaside: The detached garage is on Banks Road in Sandbanks

A popular location near the seaside: The detached garage is on Banks Road in Sandbanks

The garage is currently 650 sq ft and sits on a plot of land extending to just 0.089 acres

The garage is currently 650 sq ft and sits on a plot of land extending to just 0.089 acres

Could the property be developed? The narrow plot of land extends back behind the garage

Could the property be developed? The narrow plot of land extends back behind the garage

The figure is based on planning consent being obtained to develop the property into a family home that is twice the size.

It could perhaps see one or two extra floors added, creating a three or four-bedroom house.

The garage is currently 650 sq ft and sits on a plot of land extending to just 0.089 acres.

If the garage could be doubled in size to 1,300 sq ft, it could mean the finished developed home could be worth £1.3million.

The property could be turned into a three or four-bedroom home, subject to planning consent

The property could be turned into a three or four-bedroom home, subject to planning consent

The garage is on Banks Road, which is one of the sea front streets on the Dorset peninsula

The garage is on Banks Road, which is one of the sea front streets on the Dorset peninsula

Could it be a family home? The inside of the garage is currently being used as a storage space

Could it be a family home? The inside of the garage is currently being used as a storage space

It is a popular area among those who enjoy watersports as Sandbanks Beach is minutes away

It is a popular area among those who enjoy watersports as Sandbanks Beach is minutes away

Scott Taylor, of estate agents Lloyds Property Group – which is handling the sale of the property – said: ‘This detached garage, measuring in excess of 600 sq ft presents one of the most unique opportunities ever to be seen on the peninsula.

‘The detached garage provides ample space for multiple vehicles to the front aspect, with a large rear garden with no tree preservation orders. Subject to planning permission, the building could be turned into a residence with the potential to extend.’

The agent described it as a ‘lifetime opportunity to purchase a detached building on the peninsula’ due to its potential.

Sandbanks Beach is accessible by foot in less than a minute. Rick Stein’s Sandbanks restaurant is only 90 metres from the property, while there is also a Tesco express that is a short walk away..

The plot is being offered for sale by informal tender, with offers to be received in writing to the agent by midday on March 5. Only unconditional cash offers only being considered.

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Orange warning in place for five counties on west coast

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Violent storm force 11 winds are expected off the west coast as Storm Barra approaches on Tuesday morning.

Met Éireann has upgraded its marine weather warning to red, the highest category, on Irish coastal waters from Galway Bay to Bantry Bay from 3am on Tuesday morning to 11pm tomorrow night.

A status orange warning is in place on land for the counties of Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork from 6am on Tuesday morning until the same time on Wednesday morning.

Counties included in orange warning could see damaging gusts of up to 130km/h which will head to high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surge.

The rest of the country will be under a status yellow warning for the same period with the possibility of localised flooding.

Met Éireann head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack told Newstalk Breakfast that the storm system is developing rapidly over the Atlantic at present and will hit Ireland’s western seaboard on Tuesday with strong gale force winds which will quickly extend across the country.

There will be heavy rain turning to sleet and snow on higher ground, she warned.

Met Éireann will meet with gardaí, local authorities and emergency services this morning to update the progress of the storm and provide advice on what precautionary measures should be taken.

“It will be a pretty horrid day,” added Ms Cusack who advised against cycling.

The high winds and heavy rain will continue throughout Wednesday but they will have moved on by Thursday.

On RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland, senior meteorologist Liz Walsh warned that trees could be knocked down during the high winds. She also advised that outdoor street furniture should be taken in or tied down and cautioned that Christmas decorations could be damaged.

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Coronavirus rules for driving tests spark complaints

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Claims of rude testers, of not being allowed to cough and having to drive with windows open due to Covid-19 were among the complaints received from people who failed driving tests recently.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), which oversees driving tests nationally, released a sample of the 1,505 complaints received since the start of last year under the Freedom of Information Act.

New figures show the driving test centre in Cork had the highest pass rate with 75 per cent of people passing, while the lowest was Charlestown in Dublin with a 42 per cent pass rate.

One person complained he had told his tester he had asthma and might need to cough because he had recently changed inhalers, causing irritation to his throat.

“I was advised that if I coughed at any stage, the test would be over immediately. This was difficult to control while under exam pressure and added a huge amount of unnecessary stress and pressure,” the individual complained.

Another individual complained their tester said if their face mask slipped “a little bit from my nose” while driving, the test would be ended.

“I’m in shock how he treated me that day,” said the complainant.

Another learner driver who failed said their car was hot and “very uncomfortable” because the tester said the hot air de-misters had to be kept on to prevent the windows fogging up because the back windows had to be kept open due to Covid-19.

One complainant said the tester seemed to have prejudged the test when they spotted a small stain on the driver’s seat as the car was supposed to be “spotless”.

‘Anxious’

“The tester was clearly taking it too far. I was complying with all Covid precautions as I had just Hoovered and sanitised the car and it was simply a mark on the seat.”

There were general complaints beyond Covid-19 issues. One person complained about feeling “anxious” because the tester was “sitting there shaking his head”.

Another said their tester repeatedly shook his head and sighed several times, and then made notes on the score sheet, which was “extremely off-putting and really unfair”.

Another driver said the tester was “extremely condescending and patronising” and mocked their answer to a signpost theory question about an “unguarded cliff edge”.

“We don’t drive along cliff edges in this country,” the tester was quoted as saying.

The RSA has been dealing with a backlog of driving tests due to the pandemic.

The centres with the next highest pass rates were Clifden (71 per cent), Killester in Dublin (70 per cent), Birr, Co Offaly (70 per cent) and Cavan (69 per cent).

The test centres with the next lowest pass rates were Dublin’s Churchtown, since closed (44 per cent), Nenagh, Co Tipperary (44 per cent) and Mulhuddart (45 per cent) and Raheny (46 per cent), both in Dublin.


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Former US presidential candidate Bob Dole dies aged 98

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Bob Dole, the long-time Kansas senator who was the Republican nominee for president in 1996, has died from lung cancer. In a statement, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, founded by Dole’s wife, said: “It is with heavy hearts we announced that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died earlier this morning in his sleep. At his death at age 98 he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years.”

In late February, Dole announced that he had advanced lung cancer and would begin treatment. Visiting him, President Joe Biden called Dole his “close friend”.

On Sunday the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, like Biden a Democrat, ordered flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole served in the US infantry in the second world war, suffering serious wounds in Italy and winning a medal for bravery.

His wounds cost him use of his right arm but he entered state politics and soon became a longtime Republican power-broker, representing Kansas in the US House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate until 1996. He had spells as chairman of the Republican National Committee and as Senate minority and majority leader.

In 1976 he was the Republican nominee for vice-president to Gerald Ford, in an election the sitting president lost to Jimmy Carter. Two decades later, aged 73, Dole won the nod to take on Bill Clinton.

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the Democrat won a second term with ease, by 379 – 159 in the electoral college and by nine points in the popular vote, the third-party candidate Ross Perot costing Dole support on the right.

Dole received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian honours.

In the Trump years and after, Dole came widely to be seen as a figure from another time in Republican politics.

On Sunday, the political consultant Tara Setmeyer, a member of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, tweeted: “I cast my first ever vote for president for Bob Dole in 1996. A war hero with a sharp sense of humor ? another piece of a once respectable GOP gone.”

However, Dole remained a loyal Republican soldier, telling USA Today this summer that though Donald Trump “lost the election, and I regret that he did, but they did”, and though he himself was “sort of Trumped out”, he still considered himself “a Trumper”.

Dole called Biden “a great, kind, upstanding, decent person”, though he said he leaned too far left.

He also said: “I do believe [America has]lost something. I can’t get my hand on it, but we’re just not quite where we should be, as the greatest democracy in the world. And I don’t know how you correct it, but I keep hoping that there will be a change in my lifetime.”

On Sunday, Jaime Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Senator Bob Dole. We honor his service and dedication to the nation. May he Rest In Peace.”

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