Community Groups

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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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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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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