Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th July 2008.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) if she will introduce measures to require local authorities to increase the provision of allotments in their areas;

(2) whether it is her policy to increase the overall acreage of allotments.

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

It is the Department's policy that allotments should be provided in relation to local need.

Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 places a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide a sufficient number of allotments where they consider that there is a demand for them in their area.

Local authorities are best placed to determine the level of provision of allotments and all types of open space within their area, based on detailed audits and assessments of community needs in accordance with 'Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation, 2002'.

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