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Case Study: Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative is an industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. It is currently owned by over 8000 shareholders and demonstrates what can be achieved by private landowners and communities working together.

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CLAS Advisory: Community Lettings Questionnaire

The aim of this document is to aid communication between a community group and landowner, regarding a proposed project on a piece of land. By completing the questionnaire the community group will address a number of important issues that will be key to the project’s success. The landowner will be reassured of what form the project will take. It could be seen as part of a business or action plan for the project and may also help with funding bids. Download the document using the link below:

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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: 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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Useful Link: Tenant Farmers Association

Tenant Farmers Association

www.tfa.org.uk

The Tenant Farmers Association gives professional advice, including legal advice, to its members. The TFA is the only organisation dedicated to the agricultural tenanted sector and is the authentic voice on behalf of tenant farmers.  The TFA lobbies at all levels of Government and gives professional advice to its members.  Access to advice, information and services designed specifically for tenant farmers is available to those who join the association.

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FAQs: Groups Already On A Site

The following FAQ documents are aimed at groups who are already established on a site and who may be planning to develop that site or find new sites to expand their work. The FAQs will help with information and advice on issues including leases, planning restrictions, costs involved and negotiation.

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FAQs: Groups Seeking Land

This series of FAQ document contain advice for new or prospective community groups about finding, securing and sustaining land for formal and informal amenity open space, gardening and food growing. The FAQs are split into five separate documents for ease of reference, each one covering an important topic for community growing groups seeking land.

Please note that due to differences in regulations and law, there may be a choice of versions available depending on which country you need. Just click on the links to download the documents.

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FAQs: Landowners

These Frequently Asked Questions cover issues about community land use which will be of interest to private landowners, local councils, businesses and institutions. You can download the FAQ document using the link below.

Landowners: Frequently Asked Questions (England & Wales version)

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