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Smallholdings: Local Government

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have smallholdings; what the area of each such authority's smallholdings is; and whether he plans to undertake a review of the future use and ownership of local authority smallholdings. (294843)

The annual report to parliament on smallholdings in England provides details of the numbers of statutory smallholdings held by local authorities analysed according to size of holding. This information is set out in the following table.

The latest published annual report is the 57th report for the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007, which is available in the Library of the House and can also be seen on the DEFRA website.

DEFRA has no current plans to undertake a review of the future use and ownership of local authority smallholdings.

Analysis of smallholdings by size at 31 March 2007

Number of holdings

County/unitary authority

0-20 ha

20-40ha

Over 40 ha

Total

Bedfordshire

83

30

25

138

Berkshire West

2

1

3

Bournemouth

5

1

1

7

Brighton and Hove

24

4

23

51

Buckinghamshire

35

17

14

66

Cambridgeshire

137

67

140

344

Cheshire

58

51

28

137

City of York

2

2

4

Cornwall

10

51

51

112

Cumbria

6

8

14

Devon

6

32

53

91

Dorset

6

28

32

66

Durham

1

2

12

15

East Riding of Yorkshire

65

54

17

136

East Sussex

1

1

2

Essex

8

3

11

Gloucestershire

56

49

31

136

Hampshire

40

8

18

66

Hartlepool

1

1

2

Herefordshire

4

48

9

61

Hertfordshire

23

18

21

62

Lancashire

2

2

Leicestershire

10

52

20

82

Lincolnshire

120

84

76

280

Medway

2

1

3

Milton Keynes

5

2

5

12

Norfolk

116

54

70

240

Northamptonshire

8

5

2

15

North Lincolnshire

17

1

18

North Somerset

5

1

5

11

Northumberland

1

6

7

North Yorkshire

16

44

18

78

Nottinghamshire

12

6

1

19

Oxfordshire

34

5

2

41

Peterborough

12

1

15

28

Shropshire

25

17

1

43

Slough

1

1

Somerset

17

41

31

89

South Gloucestershire

8

6

4

18

Staffordshire

48

68

19

135

Suffolk

15

20

67

102

Surrey

41

13

6

60

Swindon

4

9

6

19

Thurrock

6

3

2

11

Torbay

2

2

Warrington

3

2

5

Warwickshire

36

19

20

75

West Sussex

14

2

5

21

Wiltshire

22

27

22

71

Worcestershire

96

20

10

126

Total

1,267

977

894

3,138

Source:

Extract from the 57th annual report to Parliament on smallholdings in England