MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With more than 700 allotment sites across Greater London, what can the Mayor do to make sure they are protected from development and so continue to act as social hubs and ecological oases, promoting not only healthy lifestyles, but also a place for children to learn?


Answer for Allotments

Answer for Allotments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Allotments are the responsibility of local authorities, and are one of a range of open spaces which are key to many local issues, such as health and biodiversity.

The London Plan policy 7.22 on land for food encourages food growing in urban communities and advises that local authorities should protect existing allotments when writing their Local Development Frameworks, as well as identifying new spaces which could be used for community gardening including allotments.

In addition to allotments, more than 100,000 Londoners grow food in their communities as part of the Capital Growth programme, which is one of the largest urban community food growing networks in the world, with more than 2,500 spaces all over London.