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Policy on fixed term tenancies

We are committed to the future of the county farms operation as a key driver in supporting the rural economy and creating opportunities for commercially driven and ambitious new entrants into the world of farming.   

The 2008 County Farms Estate Review

Recommended that:

“The current policy of letting tenancies on fixed terms for either six or twelve years should be reviewed. This would be with a view to offering more flexible lengths of tenancy, with appropriate break clauses, which better meet the needs of tenants  businesses, encourages investment from tenants in fixed equipment and avoids the need to offer extensions to tenancies.” 


The Policy on Granting of fixed term tenancies (443Kb) aims to benefit tenants and help promote our commitment to encourage entrepreneurial ambition in the rural economy. It also aims to ensure our operation operates to maximum efficiency for the benefit of the tax payer.  

The county farms estate:

  • provides opportunities for people, very often young people, to set up an agricultural business.   

  • provides a valuable source of employment, directly and through knock on impacts, in the rural economy. 

  • contributes to the regeneration of the rural economy by encouraging new agricultural businesses

  • provides environmental benefits, including preservation of wildlife habitats and landscape

In total, about 70% of County Farms are dairy, 16% very small holdings, and the remainder are Stock and Arable Farms. 

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