Hampshire County Council has a number of farms, bare arable land and pasture land in its rural property portfolio.
Farms are available for County Farms service delivery purposes only. For more information on the County Farms Service please see our recent press release, our new ‘County Farms Policy 2021 Towards 2050 – A Vision for a Better Farming Future’ approved on 19 March 2021, and also our Hampshire County Farms social media pages (see links at bottom of page).
Please continue to scroll down the page to see farms and grazing land opportunities currently available.
Coming soon - Lower Wangfield Farm, Curdridge, Southampton, SO32 2DA
Livestock Farm with farmhouse, farm buildings and land extending to 23.77 hectares
Little Church Farm, Mattingley, Basingstoke, RG27 8LA
Livestock Farm with farmhouse, farm buildings and land extending to 28.085 hectares (63.40 acres)
Coming soon - Hazeley Farm, Hazeley Heath, Hook, RG27 8NA
Dairy Farm with farmhouse, farm buildings and land extending to 61.46 hectares (151.89 acres)
Coming soon - Land to the rear of Abbey Wells, Woolton Hill
Location of land: Land to the rear of Abbey Wells, Woolton Hill
An area of permanent pasture extending to approximately 5.07 ha (12.53 acres) suitable for grazing by sheep, cattle or light equine use.
Upper Brownwich Farm, Fareham
Farmhouse, with associated farm buildings and arable land extending to 53.34 hectares (131.80 acres).
Location of land: Brownwich Lane, Titchfield, Fareham, PO15 7DW
Newhouse Farm, Botley
Farm cottage with associated listed farm buildings and grassland extending to 16.37 hectares (40.44 acres).
Location of land: Off Winchester Road, Botley, SO30 2EE
Bushfield Farm, Badger Farm Road, Winchester
Main dwelling house with associated agricultural buildings and grassland extending to 9.55 hectares.
Location of land: Badger Farm Road, Winchester, SO23 9RZ
Becoming a Hampshire County Farms Tenant
Farm applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible for a county farm. Eligibility is guided by both the Agriculture Act 1970 and current Hampshire county farms policy. Generally, the following tenant specification will be required:
- Sound agricultural technical knowledge and relevant practical farming experience (at least 5 years’ experience, which can include formal agricultural training or agricultural college/university education)
- Demonstrable business acumen, including matters that might impact upon their business. A sound working knowledge of cash flows, budgets, health and safety, grant funding, agricultural and environmental legislation
- Access to funding required to start up a farming enterprise, including ingoings for the holding and purchase of livestock, machinery, grain. The amount of funding required will vary from farm to farm.
- Enthusiasm for, and dedication to, the agricultural industry and sustainable, innovative farming
- Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to explore diversification and other business opportunities
- Commitment to achieving continuous improvement towards carbon-neutral farming, including following best practice to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon capture on-farm
- Clear understanding of the importance of farming efficiently and sustainably, and also recognition of the ecological impact of farming
- Sound knowledge of how and why to restore, protect and improve soil health and water quality
- Awareness of the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture and ideas around how it could apply to a smallholding
- Desire to contribute towards biodiversity monitoring and enhancement
- Willingness to consistently deliver to high animal welfare standards
- Pragmatism, flexibility and drive
Application process for county farms
We will need to collect and process your personal data in order to complete and process your tenancy application. Your data will be stored securely on our systems and only used for the purposes of fulfilling your Tenancy application. If successful your data will be held for the duration of your tenancy agreement, if unsuccessful your data will be safely destroyed after 1 year.
Expressions of Interest
Once full particulars are posted online, interested parties will be invited (in accordance with instructions within the particulars or on the advertisement) to provide an Expression of Interest (EOI). This helps to ensure that eligibility is met and that applicants do not progress too far through the process unnecessarily. Expressions of Interest form
An EOI form must be completed, submitted and accepted prior to arranging a viewing. There will usually be a deadline for this. At least one formal Viewing Day will generally be arranged, and with the Rural Estates Team in attendance (a second viewing day may be made available to those proceeding to full submission stage). Viewing Days are strictly by invitation only. Access is usually made available to the farmhouse and all buildings/land to be let. Attendance on a viewing day is essential for all interested parties wishing to proceed to application stage.
Outline Application stage
There will normally always be an ‘Outline Application’ stage unless the County Farms service compresses its letting timetable to include one application stage only. Outline applications will be accepted from those eligible parties who have both submitted an EOI form and attended a viewing day. A submission deadline will normally be set. At this stage, provision of full financial information will not be requested. The applicant will however be expected to explain why they are interested in taking on the tenancy and how they would envisage farming and stewarding the holding. An indicative ‘farm action plan’ of how the Council’s priorities for the farm and other ecological, climate and landscape enhancement measures could be met, delivered and evidenced may also be requested. An outline of key opportunities and threats for the farm/proposed enterprise over the next 7-10 years and any diversification ideas would also need to be provided, plus proposed exit strategy for moving on from the council farm on or before the end of any tenancy granted and future aspirations. After the submission deadline, applications will be shortlisted. Outline Application for a County Farm
Full Application stage
Applicants shortlisted and invited to progress to the full application stage will normally be required to provide a detailed full business plan and budgets, together with a rent tender. This will also provide the opportunity to revisit information provided at the previous stage and revise/incorporate as necessary to ensure delivery of a fully integrated proposal. Guidance will be provided around minimum expectations of the business plan submission. Financial and personal references will also be required. Full Application for a County Farm
Vetting and shortlisting
Full Applications will be assessed following the submission deadline and those shortlisted will be invited to interview. Shortlisted applicants will also be expected to provide documentary evidence of sufficient working capital to run the holding if not already provided. A visit to their current home/place of work in advance of the interview may also be arranged as part of the vetting process.
Interviews & decision-making
Interviews are normally held in our Winchester offices and a minimum of three Hampshire County Council representatives will usually interview the applicants. We aim to inform candidates of our decision as quickly as feasible following interview. The decision will be subject to contract and formal Council approval: Tenancy documentation* will be made available to the successful applicant, plus the opportunity to visit the farm again arranged if required. Discussions between outgoing and incoming tenants with respect to purchasing tenant fixtures and fittings etc will normally also take place.
Requirement for Farm Action Plan
A Farm Action Plan will be required as part of business plan proposals/submissions at the outline and full application stages. Ahead of taking entry to the farm, the selected applicant will likely be required to revisit their business plan and to finalise their Farm Action Plan for the first 5 years of their tenancy agreement, setting out clearly how they will deliver natural resource protection & enhancement at the farm. The Action Plan may be included as an appendix within the tenancy agreement. There may also be a further requirement to review and renew the Farm Action Plan ahead of Year 5 of their tenancy term or as otherwise agreed with the Council.
*County Farms are let on Farm Business Tenancy agreements (known as ‘FBTs’ and governed by the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, as amended).