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Officer Decisions

Strategic Business Services Manager - Matthew Jones

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Early surrender of tenancy at Fairfield Farm, Denbury and subsequent re-letting.

Decision Taken:

Approved that:

  1. Devon County Council accepts the tenant’s short notice of surrender of Fairfield Farm, Denbury, effective at 25 March 2019.
  2. The farmhouse, buildings and 127.81 acres or thereabouts of land at Fairfield Farm, Denbury is to be re-let as an equipped residential dairy holding on the open market to new entrants and on a Farm Business Tenancy commencing 25 March 2019 and expiring 25 March 2026, subject to terms being agreed.
Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

The tenant of Fairfield Farm, Denbury has requested Devon County Council’s (as the landlord) agreement to terminate the lease early and to vacate the farm.

It is considered to be in the best interests of both landlord and tenant to agree to the early release, enabling the farm to be re-let to a new tenant.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

To reject the tenant’s request to vacate the farm early would not support the tenant or enable the farm to be relet.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:


Contact for enquiries/further information:
David Bowles, Corporate Asset Manager. Tel: 01392 383000 Email:
Decision Date:
14 September 2018

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: