1. ITV Report

Somerset farmers set to become ‘homeless’ following council land sale

Andrew and Sue Morgan say they will become homeless after their farm was sold. Credit: ITV News West Country

A family in Somerset that has been farming for decades say they will become homeless after being told to leave their council-owned farm.

The Morgans, who run a successful raw milk business in Over Stowey, have been told to vacate their farm by the end of May.

Having failed in their efforts to find another farm to move to, the family say they will be forced to sell their cows.

The move would also spell the end for their son Rob’s hopes of becoming a farmer.

The Morgans on their farm in West Somerset. Credit: ITV News West Country

My parents moved here when I was about 10-years-old. We were lucky to take the farm on 2001 and we’ve been farming here ever since.

We knew that you know we’d have to move on one day but there’s no help there.

– Andrew Morgan, farmer

We will be homeless as of the end of May. I shall go into the council next week and tell them that we will be homeless and see from there, I suppose.

– Sue Morgan, farmer

In response, Somerset County Council - who sold the farm for £1.4million - say the Morgans were aware they would have to leave “for a long time”.

The tenant has been aware of the councils intentions to sell the farm for a long time, they were provided an opportunity to consider a purchase last summer and we have liaised fully with the tenants at White Horse farm on this.

It is disappointing that they were unable to make alternative arrangements, but they were aware of the terms of the fixed term tenancy, from the point that they took it on ten years ago.

Previous to that, they held a tenancy of the same farm for the period 2001 to 2009.

The tenants at White Horse farm have been aware that they were required to leave, for well over twelve months before the end date of the tenancy and should have given possession on the 31 March.

– Somerset County Council