Herefordshire Council has taken the next step in its process to sell the county’s smallholdings. The decision to conduct a structured sale of the council’s smallholdings estate was taken at cabinet on 3 December 2015.
Herefordshire Council is in the process of issuing notices to ‘farm business’ tenants. The period of these notices varies between 12 and 22 months and will provide some clarity of timescale for those tenants. The lifetime and retirement tenancies are unaffected by this decision. Herefordshire Council has previously met with, and continues to support, tenants on a one-to-one basis offering advice and training.
We are working with individual tenants to assure and support them through a time of transition and will also discuss with individual tenants the possibility of them purchasing their smallholding.
Cllr Patricia Morgan, deputy leader of the council, said
“As funding becomes ever tighter, the notices have been issued to ensure certainty for tenants and we will support tenants to ensure they receive the support and help they require. A full disposal plan for the structured sale of the smallholdings will be reviewed by cabinet in April, to ensure the best possible value for money for the local community.”