NALC Legal Topic Notes

[52] TEMPORARY USE OF ALLOTMENT LAND

Owing to a fall in demand, a local council may have allotment land, which cannot be fully let. The council may not wish to dispose of the unlet land permanently, in case demand rises again and acquisition of more land is difficult or expensive. In these circumstances, the council may wish to find a temporary alternative use, which does not prevent it from resuming possession when the land is again required for allotment purposes. There are two methods whereby the land may be let for agricultural purposes but without giving the tenant or occupant security of tenure under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. These are a grazing or mowing licence and the temporary use of land as an agricultural holding.


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