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Allotments: Greater London

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 126572, tabled on 21 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of allotment gardens in the Greater London area.

Answered on

1 March 2022

The Government recognises the importance of access to local green spaces including allotments in enabling and supporting healthy lifestyles within our communities. The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that local planning policies should be based on robust and up-to-date assessments of the need for open space and opportunities for new provision, which can include allotments, and their plans should then seek to accommodate this. The National Model Design Code states that as part of open space design for large developments there should be the consideration of allotments and community growing projects for food production, learning and community engagement.

Natural England is also promoting the use of allotments and gardening projects in London through its work with Thriving Communities & The National Academy for Social Prescribing.