Agreements

Leases: Who Can Sign A Lease?

A short advisory document outlining what legal entities can sign leases, plus information on incorporating your group in order to make it a legal entity in its own right.

Who Can Sign A Lease

 

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Leases: Flowchart for Lease Type

The Community Land Advisory Service has created a flowchart to guide you to find the right type of lease or licence for your particular project or interest.

Simply download the document, choose which category best suits your group or situation and then answer the questions. You will be led through to a type of lease or licence - click on the link in the box to be taken to the right page on the website.

Lease Type Flowchart

 

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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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Leases: Heads of Terms Template (England & Wales)

Lease requirements (also known as ‘Heads of Terms’) are the foundations of any property contract. The Lease Requirements/Heads of Terms document is a record of decisions that have been agreed between the parties (landlord and community group) and can be used to draw up a lease or other such document that reflects the decisions made. It is also a useful tool to focus your ideas on how the project will function.

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Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.

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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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Land For Bees

If you have a community garden or other growing space, you may want to consider keeping bees.  You could look after them yourself, or offer a site for beehives in on your garden. Below is what you need to know about land and community bee keeping.

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Accessing Land Process (for Community Groups)

This generic guide takes community growing groups (or those hoping to start one) through the process involved in setting up a community garden on a site. It provides a broad step-by-step process and links to useful information resources created by CLAS. However, it is important to bear in mind that this is an example - different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

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Finding Land: Approach Letter to Landowner

CLAS has created an example letter (see below) which is intended as a draft template to help community growing groups put together an appropriately-worded approach to a landowner about using a site.

Approach Letter to Landowner

 

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Leases: Profits A Pendre

The Profits à Pendre Information Document will be extremely useful for anyone needing guidance on this alternative to a normal lease or licence in England and Wales.

You may have arrived on this page after being directed here by the CLAS 'Which Type Of Land Agreement Is For You' flowchart, or you may have arrived here direct.

Either way you can download and use the documents below:

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