Allotments

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th December 2008.

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Photo of Ian Gibson Ian Gibson Labour, Norwich North

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals on the size and number of allotments provided by local authorities.

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

We do not have any current plans to bring forward legislative proposals on the plot size and number of allotments provided by local authorities.

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

Furthermore "Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport & Recreation, 2002" encourages local authorities to ensure that they provide an adequate number of allotments for their community and ascertain what is sufficient for their local area. The accompanying guidance to PPG 17 advises local authorities on setting local standards.

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