Allotments in Inner London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3260
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been asked by a constituent, who is a resident of an Inner London borough (which are not required by law to provide allotments) what can be done to make formal arrangements with outer boroughs to provide allotments, and to make sure that inner London boroughs do include food growing spaces in their development plans?

Answer

Answer for Allotments in Inner London

Answer for Allotments in Inner London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise that the provision of allotments in inner London can be particularly challenging and this is one of the reasons that I launched my Capital Growth initiative to provide 2012 growing spaces across London by 2012. My new draft replacement London Plan requires boroughs to protect existing allotments and to identify other potential spaces that could be used for community gardening, particularly in inner London.

I encourage boroughs to work in collaboration where possible to provide a solution. However, disbenefits may arise in that people may not wish to travel considerable distances to outer London to access a traditional allotment. Community gardens nearer to their homes may be a more satisfactory solution. I understand that the London Allotment Officers group met very recently to share information, including waiting lists, and has plans to meet on a regular basis. The London Parks and Green Spaces Forum is also investigating how it can assist this co-ordination work through the London Benchmarking Group.