Policy on Fixed Term Tenancies
The council is 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 council has an estate of over 8,500 acres which it rents out to farmers keen to get a foot into agriculture and food.
While many other county councils across the UK have cashed in their land bank for a quick release of funds, Staffordshire has been more far sighted and creative.
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 set out below aims to benefit tenants and help promote the council’s commitments to encourage entrepreneurial dynamism in the rural economy. It also aims to ensure the County farms 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.
Policy on Granting of fixed term tenancies (443Kb)