Wymondham Allotments

 

A plan of the plots can be seen here

The 2019/20 Allotment Regulations  can be seen here

The current parking arrangements can be seen here

The 2018/19 charges are:

Full plot                 £30 + £15 water

Three quarter plot £25 + £12.50 water

Half plot                 £20 + £7.50 water

Quarter plot           £15 + £5 water

 

Allotments: some basic facts

Councils have a statutory duty to provide allotments
If the council believes that there is a demand for allotments; they have a statutory duty to provide a sufficient number of plots (Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908.)

What is the minimum number of plots?
There is no legal national minimum provision standard but councils do have to audit allotments, set standards of provision, and assess their actual provision against these standards as part of Planning Policy.

The 1969 Thorpe Report which recommended a minimum provision equivalent to 15 per 1,000 households but this is not legally binding. 

A survey carried out by the University of Derby on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2006 showed that the national average provision was 13 plots per 1,000 households

Does the Council have to assess whether there is a demand for allotments in its area?
Local councils are required to audit allotment provision as part of Planning Policy.

In addition, when assessing demand the local authority must take into account any written representations on the need for allotments by any 6 residents on the electoral register or persons liable to pay council tax..
 

Should the Parish Council provide allotments?
Yes - if possible!!

What if there is no spare land for allotments.
A Council can make an application for compulsory hiring under the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908.


What size is an allotment?
There is no legal minimum size for an allotment. The Allotments Act 1922 defined 'allotment gardens' as 'an allotment not exceeding forty poles in extent which is mainly cultivated by the occupier for the production of vegetables and fruit crops for consumption by himself or his family'

But it is generally accepted that the average plot is 300 square yards or 250 square metres.

Must the council provide facilities on an allotment site?
There is no legal requirement for the council to provide anything other than land. However, best practice is that facilities are are offered to those responsible for managing allotments when it is possible to do so.