Hampshire County Council has a number of equipped farms, bare arable land and pasture land in its portfolio. These comprise the County Farms Estate.
The County Farms Estate provides a starter level route into agriculture, with all of the opportunities and liabilities a farming business will involve. In a few years, starter tenants will be ready to move on to larger agricultural opportunities and secure an independent livelihood in the agriculture industry. This helps to ensure a sustainable future for Hampshire's rural economy and communities.
Land at Paddock Way, Petersfield
Licence period: A 12 month grazing licence is offered from the earliest mutually convenient date
Location of land: The land is accessed via Paddock Way, Petersfield. Nearest postcode GU32 3NH
Approximately 7.96 acres of permanent pasture land, all boundaries fenced but requiring some upgrade, a new entrance gate is needed. Perfect for sheep, cattle or horses provided water could be brought to site daily (or as often as necessary). Viewing is possible at any time without an appointment – the land is to be taken as seen.
New farm lets are by Farm Business Tenancy Agreements under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. Some bare land lets are either by Farm Business Tenancy or Grazing Licence.
Applicants for equipped holdings must submit an 'expression of interest' form. If shortlisted, the next step is to provide a business plan and budgets, including gross margins, projected 3 year cash flows and a rent tender. Financial and personal references are required. Applicants may be visited at their current home/place of work in advance of the interview. At interview there are usually three Hampshire County Council representatives, including the Countryside & Rural Estates Manager, a Rural Surveyor and, where possible, a County Councillor with agriculture and rural affairs experience.
The following will be considered by the interview panel:
- Sound agricultural technical knowledge and relevant practical farming experience (5 years, 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 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
- Pragmatism, flexibility and drive