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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Tony Wright Tony Wright Labour, Cannock Chase

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to increase the availability of allotments.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The provision of allotments is the responsibility of local authorities. The Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908 places a duty on local authorities to provide allotments where they perceive demand for them in their area.

Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 (Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation) requires local authorities to assess the needs of their communities for a range of open spaces, and to address any identified deficiencies. It also suggests that authorities should allocate sites within their plans for the provision of new open spaces.

To further support local authorities, we are currently revising the good practice guide for the management of allotments in conjunction with the Local Government Association.

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