Applying for a county farm

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We publish details of county farms to let on this page. We also advertise our farms in the Farming section of the Wednesday edition of the Western Morning News. If you have registered on our mailing list we will write to let you know that a farm is being advertised.

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We re-let between three to seven farms each year.  Most county farms are re-let in September or March but they can become available at any time throughout the year so we recommend you check this page regularly.

The following stock farms will be let for a fixed term, as detailed below, with a break clause in the fifth year.

Menerdue Farm, Carmenellis, Redruth

Menerdue Farm, Carmenellis, Redruth will be let as a 149.67 acres (60.571 ha) equipped stock holding with a 3 bedroom detached dwelling on a 8.25 year Farm Business Tenancy from 1 January 2017

Middle Lydcott, Widegates, Looe

Middle Lydcott, Widegates, Looe will be let as a 23.7 acres (9.592 ha) stock holding with a 3 bedroom detached dwelling house on a 7 year Farm Business Tenancy from 1 April 2017.

Lower Trebrown, Tideford, Saltash

Lower Trebrown, Tideford, Saltash will be let as a 135 acres (54.6 ha) stock holding with a 3 bedroom detached dwelling house on a 7 year Farm Business Tenancy from 1 April 2017.

The particulars can be obtained free of charge by emailing: countyfarms@cornwall.gov.uk . Alternatively a copy can be posted at a cost of £5 each (please make cheques payable to ‘Cornwall Council’), from:

The Principal Land Agent, County Farms Service, Carrick House, Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 1EB. 

Particulars must be requested by Monday 19 September 2016.

If you wish to apply for a county farm you should read the particulars and attend a view day before making your application. 

  • Submit a tender, your CV and business plan (which should include an outline of the proposed business and budgets to demonstrate it's viability and an indication of future development)
  • The Tenant Selection Panel and Land Agents study all tenders received from which a shortlist of applicants are selected.
  • The Land Agent visits prospective tenants to inspect existing holdings.
  • Financial and personal reference are taken up. 
  • Interviews are undertaken by the members of the Tenant Selection Panel and the Land Agents.

Applications are considered giving weight to the following criteria: 

  • Technical ability – 30%
  • Finances – 30%
  • Rent 15%
  • Progressional business plan - 15%
  • Entrepreneurial flair – 5%
  • Professionalism – 5%

When the successful applicant has been selected, the farm will be offered for a fixed amount of time, dependent on the farm classification: 

  • Part time starter units - 7 years
  • Full time starter units - 10 years
  • Promotional holdings - a maximum of 20 years

If you would like to be added to our mailing list you will need to complete an application to be considered as a tenant. The mailing list is not a waiting list; it’s a list of prospective applicants who we contact when a farm becomes available.