Five-year FBT on 400-acre farm up for tender in Cambridgeshire

A 400-acre farm has been added to Cambridgeshire County Council’s portfolio of tender opportunities this year.

In January the authority announced that five county farms of between 92 and 379 acres, based in Wicken, Whittlesey, March and Friday Bridge, are up for letting from October.

Bedford’s Barn Farm and Crowtree Farm, a holding with a four-bedroom detached house and five sets of farm buildings, has been added to Cambridgeshire’s offering.

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Based in Farcet, the land has a mixture of loamy and sandy soils, with some areas of fen peat soils.

The farm is available to view on 14 March and prospective tenants will need to provide a business plan as part of their application, due by 5 April.

Interviews will take place on 11 April.

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The successful applicant will be offered a five-year farm business tenancy, starting from 11 October 2019.

Kate Barlow, principal surveyor at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Last year we received a lot of interest in the four holdings that were available and the standard of applicants was very high.

“We anticipate that interest will remain high this year despite current uncertainties in the agricultural sector and Brexit.”

Full details about the farm and the application process can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.