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


I have been contacted by a constituent, in an Inner London borough who has been waiting for years for an allotment to no avail. Such boroughs are not required by law to provide allotments, unlike those in outer London. Will you join me in calling for all London boroughs to improve the arrangements between themselves so that all London residents get an equal chance of a plot? Will you also make sure that inner London boroughs do include food growing spaces in their development plans?


Answer for Allotments

Answer for Allotments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I would welcome joint work by boroughs to match the demand for allotments across London with the necessary supply. 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. 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 investigating how it can assist this co-ordination work through the London Benchmarking Group.

My draft replacement London Plan contains a policy on land for food (7.22). It makes clear my support for the use of land for growing food near to urban communities via such mechanisms as Capital Growth. It also states that boroughs should protect existing allotments and identify other potential spaces that could be used for community gardening, particularly in inner London.