With 144 holdings and 11,400 acres of land, Our Farms Estate is the largest of its kind in Wales and the fifth largest in the UK.
We keep the Farms Estate to give people the chance to set up and develop farm-based businesses in rural areas. The Estate also provides investment income for the council by generating an operational surplus each year.
Most holdings are in Montgomeryshire but there are several estates in Radnorshire and further holdings in Breconshire.
County Farms holdings range in size from 2 acres to 200 acres. A ‘holding’ will include a farmhouse, farm buildings and land. Most holdings are currently let as stockrearing units but there are some 20 dairy holdings on the Estate. In addition several tenants have developed horticultural enterprises and the County Council will support diversified or ‘added value’ enterprises where these are appropriate to the property.
Tenants are encouraged to develop and expand their businesses with a view to moving to larger farms either within the County Farms Estate or in the private sector.
The Estate is managed by an in-house team, which forms part of the Council’s Corporate Property Service.
Farm lettings are advertised in the local press. Where appropriate (usually for larger farms) lettings are advertised in the national farming press. Details of forthcoming lettings are also sent to those on the mailing list.
Letting Particulars are available from the County Farms office. Further details and full particulars available at a cost of £10 per holding. There will usually be a set viewing day when prospective applicants can look over the farm and discuss any matters that they may wish to raise with the Land Agent.
Following the viewing day applicants will have a period of time to complete and submit the application and tender forms. The forms will ask you to set out your proposals for the property, give details of relevant business experience and training, and confirm your financial standing. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge and experience of their proposed enterprise and that they have enough financial resources to develop the business.
Holdings will usually be let by tender and a guide rent will be given in the letting particulars. The tendered rent will be one of several factors we consider when we assess the applications. Shortlisted applicants will then be requested to submit a detailed business plan. The Land Agent will usually wish to meet the shortlisted applicants at their home. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend an interview with a panel of councillors.
A starter stockrearing unit/smallholding incorporating a detached 3 bedroom house, a range of traditional and modern outbuildings and some 21 acres of productive pasture land.
To be let under a Farm Business Tenancy from 25th March 2018 for a term of 8 years.
Applicants for Prospect will also have the opportunity to submit a separate tender for the tenancy of LONGLANDS LAND, CLYRO, a most use flock block of 31 acres of bare land some 2 ½ miles from the holding.
Applicants should have relevant practical farming experience (which may include time spent at College or University pursuing an agricultural qualification), access to sufficient financial resources to stock and equip the Holding and should be looking to pursue a career in agriculture
Requests for particulars should be made (with full name, address and contact telephone number) via email to email@example.com . Particulars issued via email will be free of charge. Paper copies will be issued at a charge of £15.
Details in course of preparation.
Tel: (01686) 611 812
VIEWING STRICTLY BY ARRANGEMENT