The Business Case
In 2017 ELC updated their plans to produce 20 small farms for sale, rent to buy or rental by 2020. Following a successful share offer in 2017, ELC has put in place much of the infrastructure needed to achieve this target. They now have five sites in development with seven small farms already developed and another eight to become available in the near future. ELC is actively searching for suitable land to move them nearer to achieving this target and have social investment finance in place to make the land purchases.
ELC have revised their deadlines as they encountered time delays when navigating the planning environment. This was particularly true for their second site which was held in the system for 18 months before a positive decision was achieved. Now that ELC have three positive planning decisions including a permanent permission, they are finding it easier to talk to planners. This is paying off in the form of shorter turnaround times for planning applications.