We are absolutely thrilled to announce that in August 2018 we were granted temporary permission by Wealdon District Council to create three affordable smallholdings for new entrant farmers on our site in East Sussex - a 7.5-hectare field in the village of Arlington.
Read our full press release here.
Apply for a smallholding at Arlington
The application process to apply for a smallholding at Arlington is now open. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a comprehensive application pack containing guidance, resources and a link to the online application form.
The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 7th November. We recommend you get started on your application as soon as possible as there's quite a bit of work to do. Good luck!
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Previously to this decision we were preparing for a public enquiry appeal scheduled for September 2018 but due to an unexpected turn of events we were invited to submit a second duplicate application which was given approval as a delegated decision by the planning officer.
The key problem we had faced was due to the council’s moratorium on all new developments that could give rise to a net increase in vehicle movements through the Ashdown Forest, a habitat of European nature conservation importance that hosts a variety of protected species. The ELC’s Zoe Wangler had responded to this valid and important concern with thorough research demonstrating that our development would not increase traffic in the Ashdown Forest and we are extremely pleased that the council accepted this and we did not need to go through with our appeal.
If you'd like to review our planning application process with all supporting documents then all the information can be viewed from this page.
I have worked for over five years with the Ecological Land Cooperative, supporting their initial project and collaborating with them on various working groups, initiatives and events to encourage low impact, agro-ecological farming, opportunities for new entrants to farming and access to land and rural housing issues. They are an innovative and proactive organisation that is pioneering new ways of addressing some of the most challenging issues facing the development of better food and farming in the UK.
Rachel Harries, Soil Association