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Applications invited for four Norfolk County Council farms

06 February 2020

Tenancies ranging from five to ten years are being offered as Norfolk County Council invites applications for four farms on its County Farms estate.

The four farms are all located in the west of the county with soils on the farms varying from Grade 1 to Grade 2. Although there are no restrictions on use, the council is keen to receive applications for Ingleborough Farm at West Walton which seek to develop a care farm on this holding. Apart from the bareland at Bank Cottage near Terrington St Clement, each farm also includes a range of farm buildings.

Cllr Greg Peck, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Commercial Services and Asset Management, said: “We welcome applications for County Farms tenancies from all backgrounds and will assess each on its own merits. One of last year’s successful applicants is just 18 years old, which demonstrates there are opportunities for people at all stages of their farming career - from a new entrant looking for their first farm to those ready to go to the next level. Offering these tenancies underlines the council’s support for sustaining and creating rural employment throughout Norfolk.”

Viewings for the four tenancies are being held towards the end of February and attendance at the viewing day is compulsory for those wishing to apply. Please note that viewing of farm buildings and premises is strictly prohibited outside of the viewing day (unless from the public highway), as is entering the farmland.

Farm viewings are being held between 10am and 4pm on:

  • Tuesday 25 February - NCC Farm, Welney Estate
  • Wednesday 26 February - New Road Farm, Stow and Marshland Estate
  • Thursday 27 February - Ingleborough Farm, West Walton Estate
  • Friday 28 February - Bank Cottage Land, Terrington Estate

To help with the application process, Norfolk County Farms, in conjunction with Anglia Rural Consultants, is running a free training course over two days (5 and 12 March). It is specifically designed to assist new entrants and those unfamiliar with producing a business plan.

Duncan Slade, County Farms Manager, said: “Farm tenancies don’t come up very often so we’re really pleased to be able to offer four again this year. We have quite a strict tenant specification so applicants should make sure they consider the selection criteria carefully. We’re especially keen to see applications which include proposals for diversification and environmental enhancement, however applicants who show they are capable and the best able to take on the farm and make it work stand every chance of being successful.”

Further particulars for each farm, application details and information about the training course can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/countyfarms. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Norfolk County Farms

Norfolk County Council’s County Farms estate extends to over 6,800 hectares of prime agricultural land and has 145 tenants.

The estate provides significant income for the council, which helps to pay for services and to meet our ongoing sustainable development commitments by:

  • Providing a framework for local produce, goods and services
  • Sustaining and creating rural employment
  • Developing business opportunities throughout the county
  • Improving and developing access for recreation and education
  • Creating and improving biodiversity
  • Providing land for affordable housing

County Farms are an important entry point for new farmers and the estate supports many rural jobs throughout the county.

As well as the financial benefits and opportunities for rural businesses, the estate is used to improve public access to the countryside and to protect biodiversity and archaeology.

www.norfolk.gov.uk/countyfarms

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