Devon County Council is making seven starter farms available to new entrants on seven-year farm business tenancies starting in March 2022.
The farms range in size from 55 acres to 216 acres and are a mix of dairy and livestock units.
The bulk of the farms have become available as a result of their current occupants progressing on to larger council holdings, as well as one tenant retiring and another having bought their own farm.
Perriton Barton Farm
This dairy farm in Whimple has 55 acres, a range of buildings and a three-bedroom house, which is due to be refurbished in 2022-23. It is available to view on 2 November at 10.30am.
Thorndon House Farm
Located in Broadwoodwidger, this dairy farm includes 119 acres of arable land and permanent pasture, and a four-bedroom farmhouse. The viewing will take place on 3 November at 10.30am.
Coppa Dolla Farm
Along with 73 acres, this mixed use holding in Denbury has a three-bedroom house and buildings, including stock sheds, a butchery and a cold store. It can be viewed on 5 November at 10.30am.
Ten Oaks Farm
This dairy unit in Roborough comes with 158 acres on free draining Grade 3 soils, a four-bedroom house and buildings. It is available to view on 1 November at 10.30am.
Little Stone Farm
In South Molton, the 100-acre dairy holding includes a three-bedroom semi-detached house and buildings. Viewings will take place on 1 November at 2pm.
This 74-acre mixed farm in Colyton is based within the East Devon area of outstanding natural beauty and adjacent to the river Axe. It can be viewed on 2 November at 2pm.
Higher Artiscombe Farm
As well as 216 acres, the dairy farm in Gulworthy comes with a recently refurbished three-bedroom house and a range of buildings. It is available to view on 3 November at 2pm.
The official application form, which can be collected on the viewing day, will need to be completed and accompanied by a comprehensive business plan and a minimum of two years’ cashflows and budgets.
The final date for applications to be returned to the NPS Group, which is managing the letting process, is 26 November.
The postal address for applications is Principal Land Agent, NPS South West Ltd, Venture House, Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, EX2 7FW.
Further details on what is required can be found by reading the full brochure for each available property on the NPS Group’s website.
A short-list of prospective tenants will be interviewed by the council’s Farms Estate Committee in the week commencing 13 December 2021.