MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will your new London Plan facilitate the safeguarding of current allotment sites and encourage the provision of new spaces as London grows?


Answer for Allotments

Answer for Allotments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of my review of the London Plan, I am considering whether changes should be made to the current Plan's policy 7.22 on land for food. This requires boroughs to protect existing allotments through their Local Development Frameworks, and identify new spaces which could be used for community gardening, including allotments. The Plan makes clear that particularly in inner and central London innovative approaches to the provision of new spaces may need to be followed, including the use of green roofs.

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.

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.