Land for smallholders

Simon Fairlie chapter7 at
Thu Jun 16 10:07:56 BST 2011

The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is seeking 3 tenants for their  
first 3 residential smallholdings for new entrants to ecological  
agriculture. The leaseholds will cost £60,000-£65,000 (depending on  
plot). The holdings will be allocated through an application process  
where those interested are asked to complete an application form and  
if short-listed, develop a business plan for their land-based  
business. Application forms are to be submitted by end of day 19th July.

Holdings range from approx. 6-9 acres each and have use of a shared  
barn, water supply, and biological waste water treatment. The plots  
will be sold with a five year temporary planning permission for  
agricultural residency – tenants would have permission to build a low  
impact temporary dwelling.  Before the five years has elapsed and  
assuming the project is demonstrating growing productivity and  
viability (environmental, social and economic), ELC would apply for a  
permanent permission. ELC will work with tenants to help ensure that  
sites develop in this way.

If you are interested in self-building an eco-home, establishing a  
land-based livelihood and being part of a pioneering eco-hamlet and  
co-operative then you can find out more from,  
emailing iwanttofarm at or by calling Zoe on 07963  
955 338.

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