Martin Roberts visits Homes Under the Hammer property snubbed at auction ‘Look at that!’

Homes Under the Hammer: Martin inspects former public toilets

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In an episode of Homes Under the Hammer, host Martin Roberts went to visit an undesirable property in Fife, Scotland which was snubbed at auction. Martin explained that the property, which was a former public toilet was overpriced at auction for £35,000. However, despite being pessimistic at a first glance, Martin was surprised at how spacious it actually was.

Speaking about the property before he had a look inside, Martin began: “It’s one of those really unusual types of property that rarely makes it into the auction catalogue.

“It is a former public toilet, but you wouldn’t guess it from the outside! Look at that! £35,000 plus was a lot for a loo.”

As the host stepped foot into the women’s former public toilet, he continued: “There’s a gents and ladies at the front and what used to be a disabled facility outback.

“That could be regarded as the upper floor, but clearly not safe enough to stand on even if you could get there.”

As he showed viewers what the property had to offer, Martin was surprised to find how spacious it was.

He explained: “I mean, bizarre thing to say, as public toilets go, these are actually quite nice, very lofty, lots of space, you don’t feel claustrophobic.

“The interesting thing is, you can see the sash windows up there. But what have we got?

“As expected, we’re in the ladies’ side here, sinks, cubicles with the original toilets, one thing you’re certainly not going to have to install is a sewerage system.”

“But in terms of space, if you started imagining converting this somehow into two floors, I’ve seen smaller houses,” he added.

“When you look at it in the context of the surrounding buildings you can see what I mean.

“It’s not a glorified garden shed like most modern public conveniences in fact, it’s even got a bit of outdoor space.”

As Martin gave a tour of the outdoor space, he concluded: “What an intriguing property it is turning out to be. Slightly more than you might expect from a former public convenience.

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“Surprisingly at the back here you’ve also this area which is opening up all sorts of possibilities.

“This could be the garden and there’s a narrow strip of land down the side which means you could think about getting access there.

“Ideally though you’d want to get access this bit of land. So, negotiations might be done with the neighbours.

“Either way it’s a great extra space.

After showing the mens side of the former public toilet, Martin explained that anyone wanting to buy the property would need to apply for a planning application to convert it to either a residential unit or commercial premises.

Martin decided to speak with auctioneer Shaun Vigers about the property’s potential, who advised that it would be better suited as a residential unit.

Shaun explained: “I think that’s the best option for the property and I think that’s the one that is most likely to go through the planners.

“There’s some ground towards the rear of the property which could create a small garden.

“I think one issue that potentially the property has to get over is parking. There is on street parking available but it would be difficult to create some dedicated parking for the property.”

Homes Under the Hammer is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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