Finding Land

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Useful Link: Register of Surplus Public Sector Land

You can use the following link to browse surplus land (and buildings) owned by central government and its various agencies which is available to buy or lease. It is administered by the Government Property Unit, which is part of the Cabinet Office. Use the link below to access the information - it is expected to be updated quarterly:


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Useful Document: Somerset Land & Food Project Report

The Somerset Land & Food Project has been a three year access to land project, launched in 2009 and funded by the Big Lottery Local Food Programme. It was managed by Somerset Community Food, a grassroots charity founded in 2004, which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food. 

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Approaching Local Authorities - Top Tips

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If you are having trouble finding a suitable site for your community growing group,  or if you have already found a site but are not sure who owns it,  then approaching your local authority is a good starting point as they often control or own disused land.  However, it can be daunting to approach such a big institution and hard to know where to start or even who to ask. The following top tips will help you get started.

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Leases: Sample Lease Templates (Scotland)

The Community Land Advisory Service has created several lease agreement templates which are intended to be used as a basis or starting point for your own agreement, rather than as a finished item. It is strongly recommended that you take legal advice before entering into any type of agreement. Follow the simple four step process below to find the most suitable template for you along with guidance information on how to adapt and use it.

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Finding Land: Site Features Checklist

Before you can decide whether a site or land agreement is suitable for your group, you need to plan what you will use the land for, both now and in the future. This checklist will help you prepare for your land search and for the agreement with the land owner. Tell the landowner what you expect to build and what you think your requirements will be. Make sure essential items are permitted in the lease.

Site Features Checklist

 

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Finding Land: Approach Letter to Landowner

CLAS has created an example letter (see below) which is intended as a draft template to help community growing groups put together an appropriately-worded approach to a landowner about using a site.

Approach Letter to Landowner

 

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CLAS Advisory: What Landowners Want From Land Users

Landowners may be more willing to offer land to your group if you can demonstrate that you are able to act on a potential landowner's main needs, aims and concerns.  Finding out what these key needs, aims and concerns are will help you when negotiating with the landowner.  The following Advisory document, written by CLAS, gives more information on this important topic.

What Landowners Want From Land Users

 

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Offering Land: Land Partnerships Handbook

This handbook is aimed primarily at landowners and land based 'businesses' including communtiy growing projects and CSAs. It describes a new approach to help landowners parcel out land and buildings on which ‘land entrepreneurs’ can establish new, independent businesses.

The approach places strong emphasis on the process of forming and maintaining sound business-to-business relationships. It deals mostly with farming land, but contains a good structure for process of taking land on and an excellent top 10 list of things that landowners are looking for from potential land leasers.

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Useful Link: National Allotment Society (formerly NSALG)

National Allotment Society

01536 266 576

www.nsalg.org.uk

Formerly known as the National Society for Allotments and Leisure Gardeners, this is a members’ co-operative which protects, promotes and preserves allotments. It provides advice and information to both allotment holders and home gardeners. NAS has a legal team and can help draft non-standard agreements between councils or private landlords and allotment associations.

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Useful Link: Ethical Property Foundation

Ethical Property Foundation

02070 650 760

www.ethicalproperty.org.uk

The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Its Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped almost 600 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2005.

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