OPEN SPACE, SPORTS AND RECREATION | Allotments

11.2 ALLOTMENTS

11.2.1  The Open Space Assessment Report 2019 catalogues the allotments available in Saffron Walden as follows as totalling 5.4205ha, and these sites are listed in Appendix 5 – Open Spaces Audit.

11.2.2  The SWNP notes that this catalogue omits three allotment sites owned by the District Council, although they are relatively small, they should be added to the assessment. They are to the west of Debden Road and Pleasant Valley and are mapped in Appendix 6 – Local Green Space Allocations. In total they represent 0.263ha. These sites are marked as Allotment Gardens in the UDC Constraints Map. [1]

11.2.3  Including these additionally catalogued allotments, the total quantity of hectares in Saffron Walden is 5.6835 ha, which equates to 0.34ha per thousand people. The quantity standard recommended by the UDC open space strategy is 0.2ha per thousand people. Therefore, Saffron Walden meets the official quantity standard for allotment provision with a reasonably comfortable buffer.

11.2.4  Notwithstanding the above, there is strong evidence that the demand for allotments is greater than the official quantity standard; the Town Council has 88 allotments and a waiting list for 20 [2]. Typically, the wait for an allotment is 12-18 months.

11.2.5  Furthermore, as Saffron Walden grows, and sites with consented development are occupied, the official buffer will reduce and could vanish, and simultaneously demand is expected to grow.

11.2.6  Combining the expected growth of the population and the known fact of the waiting list, the SWNP therefore requires all new development to contribute towards a continuing supply of allotments, despite the parish meeting the official standard already.

11.2.7  The allotments sites catalogued by the District Council and the additional sites catalogued by the SWNP should be allocated as Local Green Spaces to ensure their protection and continued provision.

11.2.8  The emerging Local Plan contains a requirement for all developers to provide 2m² of allotments per person, either on or off-site, and the SWNP endorses this requirement.


[1] https://udc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c0c8399f55f84531800cf9c36944226c as accessed 07.10.19

[2] As at April 2019

POLICY SW24 ALLOTMENTS

1.  All new residential development must provide 2m² of allotments per person, either on or off-site.

2. The allotment land already catalogued in the Uttlesford District Council Open Space Strategy is designated as Local Green Space and shall be protected from development.

3. Additional allotment land identified by the SWNP as Local Green Space for allotments is designated in the table Appendix 6 – Local Green Space allocations and shall be protected from development.

This policy supports Neighbourhood Plan Objectives 2,3,4,5

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Neighbourhood Plan Objectives

Objective 1

Saffron Walden will be an economically active and self-sustaining town, offering equal opportunities to all.

Objective 2

Saffron Walden’s residents will be able to live as healthily as possible.

Objective 3

Saffron Walden will be an environmentally sustainable town.

Objective 4

Saffron Walden’s heritage assets, high quality landscape and conservation areas will be protected or enhanced.

Objective 5

Saffron Walden will retain its market-town feel and community spirit.

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