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Rural business opportunities on three council-owned farm sites

09 February 2024

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for entrepreneurial and enthusiastic tenants for three rural business opportunities with tenancies starting in October 2024.

The council’s 33,000 acres estate is one of the largest publicly owned estates in England and Wales and has over 160 progressive tenants aged from 23 to over 90 who carry out a wide range of enterprises.

The county’s farm estate is mainly arable, and many tenants are exploring regenerative farming and take part in schemes which benefit biodiversity and the environment.

The properties available this year, all on the outskirts of Wisbech, are being offered on a 10-year farm business tenancy.

Grange (Cranwell) Farm in Leverington comes with just over 200 acres of land along with a detached, three-bedroom house, yard and other buildings.

Those taking on Greeves Farm in Begdale will get a slightly larger 235 acres of land. The tenancy includes a detached three-bedroom bungalow along with a yard and other buildings.

Maltmas & Rookery Farm in Friday Bridge is the largest of the three farms available with just over 280 acres of land. The farm comes with a three-bedroom detached house, a yard and other buildings.

Applicants should have some experience in the enterprise they propose to undertake and have a sound business plan, which takes into account the council’s Net Zero and Doubling Nature targets and the changes that are currently under-way in farming.

The application deadline is 31 March and interviews will be held in April.

Councillor Ros Hathorn, chair of the Assets and Procurement Committee, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for anyone looking to get into farming or with ambitions to expand an existing rural business.

“The farms available within this letting all come with a family home and holdings that offer the potential for cereal and root crops. We are particularly interested in applications that consider climate change issues and look to enhance biodiversity.

“I encourage new entrants and existing farmers wanting to move up the farming ladder to get in touch and not miss out on the great opportunities the estate is providing.”

Full details about the farms and the application process are available here.