Through CLAS, you can find information on finding, buying, offering and leasing of land. If you are wanting to acquire land another way, you may wish to contact your Local Authority for further advice.
Common planning issues that care farmers and green care providers can face include:
Change of land use
Misunderstanding of the care farming concept by others
Specific local issues
Issues with particular buildings on site
Planning policy in the UK has a very local focus and so each area can be different. Some farms have needed to change their land use from agricultral to care or educational use. Others have argued that they are still agricultral as they need to be farming in order to offer care farming services. It can often depend on Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes which represent the type of economic activity of an organisation.
We recommend that you seek professional planning advice and speak to your local planning department as it is the Local Authority’s decision as to what planning permissions are required.