Applications open for farm holdings on council’s rural estate

31 January 2022

Do you have farming or agricultural experience? Are you looking for the opportunity to set up your own business?

Applications are now open for seven holdings on Cambridgeshire County Council’s farms estate, which at 33,000 acres is the largest public sector estate in England and Wales. The holdings are available as part of the council’s 2022 reletting programme to entrepreneurial tenants who would like to start a rural business.

The properties, which comprise a total of 1,800 acres, are located across the county at Cottenham, Landbeach (x2), Littleport, Whittlesford, Wisbech and Wisbech St Mary.

Potential tenants will be required to produce a three year budget and business plan as part of their application, and are advised to read through the council’s requirements for tenants before booking a viewing at their chosen farm. The holdings open to tender on 28 February 2022.

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Our rural estate plays a vital role in the success and achievements of the county. As well as contributing to our local economy through the creation of new rural businesses and employment, they support our environmental commitments and help social wellbeing by provide more access to the countryside for our residents through a network of additional permissive footpaths and bridleways.

“This is an exciting opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic new entrants looking to get onto the farming ladder or existing farmers looking to progress. These farms, some of which haven’t been available for a number of years, are suitable for a range of farming systems. They offer the opportunity for tenants to create a successful business and family home with the flexibility to support sustainable farming for the long term.”

To find out more about the opportunities available and the application process, go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/rural-business-opportunities.