Local Authority

Leases Overview: Start Here!

Start here for an overview and introduction to the topic of Leases. Please remember that leases and the legal processes surrounding them vary from country to country in the UK. Therefore we advise seeking legal help where possible. Meanwhile, to read the overview, simply click the document link below:

Leases Overview

 

 

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Offering Land Overview: Start Here!

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Start here for an overview and introduction to the topic - Offering Land. This document is aimed primarily at landowners and land managers who may be thinking of offering land for use by community growing groups. CLAS has been set up to help landowners understand the potential benefits of community land use and to support them with advice and information around some of the challenges. To read the overview, simply click the document link below:

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Finding Land Overview: Start Here

Start here with an overview of the topic: Finding Land. This document is aimed at new community growing groups, landowners and groups already on a site who might be looking to expand or add to the site. You can download the document using the link below:

Finding Land Overview: Start Here

 

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Case Study: Llangollen Community Garden

This organic food-growing community garden, based on the site of an abandoned plot in Llangollen, is owned by Denbighshire County Council which gave permission for the development of community growing in 2012. It’s an excellent example of the process of setting up a community garden on a council site, with a licence rather than a lease.

Catherine Veasey, who has been involved in the development of the garden through the local Friends Of The Earth group, describes more about the garden and how it worked with the council.

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Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.

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Video: Community Foodie

This Community Foodie Project video shares information about community food growing in rural areas of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen (South Wales). Through the support of the Community Foodie Project, local communities have created areas that offer an abundance of locally grown food, as well as education, improvement of health and well-being, social inclusion etc.

The film gives an insight into various land-based issues, as well as inspiration around community food growing. Visit www.communityfoodie.co.uk for more details.

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Useful Link: Register of Surplus Public Sector Land

You can use the following link to browse surplus land (and buildings) owned by central government and its various agencies which is available to buy or lease. It is administered by the Government Property Unit, which is part of the Cabinet Office. Use the link below to access the information - it is expected to be updated quarterly:


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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: 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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