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Does anyone know what is needed to search Crown Estate Land apart from having permission from the tennant farmer? We have a permit to search Crown Estate foreshore but it seems that we need a different pemit to search Crown land. We would really appriciate any advice on the subject.
CHEERS..... Dar + Jo
Permission from the tenant farmer is not enough, he does not own the land, he only rents it...
You will need permission from the land owner.
Hope this helps you...
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as been said you always need the land owners permission not the tenant or person renting the land .good of you to ask shows that you are responsible .
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You need to approach the Crown Estates agent for the area. You will be asked to provide details of the area you wish to search, prove that you have the tenant's ok to make the approach, have a statement of what you want to do and why. References from reliable parties such as the County Archaeologist or the FLO always helps and see what happens.
If you are lucky there will be an exchange of letters and eventually a legal search document drawn up which has to be signed by all parties. This will detail the terms and condtions to be followed, maps of the areas where a search can be made and any exclusions and so on. Then of course this will attract a fee from the Agents including VAT for drawing up the documents. This has to be renewed yearly and the fee will apply each time.
All finds belong to the Crown Estates as landowners which is the norm and it has to be agreed where these are to be deposited which can be the local Museum via the FLO. You have to agree to follow the terms of the agreement and relevant legislation on Treasure and if such a find is made you are entitled to a third part of any reward.
Best of luck - spent a lot of time doing this and it all fell apart when the tenant decided he did not want to go ahead after discussions with "someone" in the archaeological world. The only success of the process came to an end when the tenant retired and the new one was not interested. The time i was able to detect the Crown Estates land was good as the area was productive and i was able to add plenty of findspots to the archaeological record for the area including some important one. All the finds went by agreement to the tenant for safe keeping as the museum were not the slightest bit interested in more finds for their basement store.
Last edited by geoman on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
WOW... Never thought it was going to be so complicated. We really appriciate all your comments but don't think we will be bothering. It sounds so time consuming just to be able to get permission, it is not a simple case of knocking on a door or writing a letter. Thanks for your help.....
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