Number of County Farms sold in the last ten years

Murray Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

I understand that you, like other county councils, own farmlands, commonlyknown as 'County Farms'.

I wish to know:

* How many county farms the county council own?
* How many county farms were owned ten years ago?
*How many county farms have been sold?
*How many county farms are owned in the borough of Tunbridge Wells?
*How many county farms were owned ten years ago in the borough of Tunbridge Wells?
*How many county farms have been sold in the borough of Tunbridge Wells?

Yours faithfully,

Murray Jones

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Jones

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 30th January 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/16/2116 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

Dear Mr Jones

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to County Farms. I am pleased to
provide the response below:

 

I understand that you, like other county councils, own farmlands, commonly
known as 'County Farms'.

Please note that Kent County Council does not own any County Farms in the
sense that it lets complete farm units on an agricultural tenancy basis as
a route for entry into the agricultural industry. The information provided
below relates to parcels of land that are deemed to be of potential use
for agricultural purposes or suitable for the grazing of horses.

 

1) How many county farms the county council own?

Based on current Asset Management system data, Kent County Council
currently has 10 live agricultural tenancies/grazing licences for sites
across Kent

 

2) How many county farms were owned ten years ago?

From the way that data is classified in our property database it is not
possible to ascertain an accurate figure for this question.

 

3) How many county farms have been sold?

Searching our data for land disposals containing the word ‘farm’ yielded
11 results within the last ten years, of these 2 would appear to relate to
land potentially of use for agricultural purposes, a third relates to the
disposal of part of a former School Farm in the centre of Maidstone.

 

4) How many county farms are owned in the borough of Tunbridge Wells?

None of the ten live agreements listed above are in the Tunbridge Wells
Borough area.

 

5) How many county farms were owned ten years ago in the borough of
Tunbridge Wells?

From the way that data is classified in our property database it is not
possible to ascertain an accurate figure for this question

 

6) How many county farms have been sold in the borough of Tunbridge Wells?

None of the disposals referenced above were in the Tunbridge Wells Borough
area.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/16/2116.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

 

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