asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in the context of their five a day programme to encourage consumption of fruit and vegetables and on encouraging physical activity, they will consider placing greater emphasis on the provision of allotments. [HL3475]
We know that public interest in allotments has undergone a recent revival in line with current thinking on healthy eating, organic food and physical activity. This has created a greater demand for allotments in some areas, which is critical to protecting them from a change of use in the future as a consequence of disuse or dereliction.
The Government give local authorities the flexibility and freedom to determine what is most appropriate for their local area. Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for open space, sport and recreation (July 2002) requires local authorities to make provision for all types of open space, including allotments, in line with established community needs.
The Government have provided funding and support for the revival of urban green spaces, including allotments and community gardens, through our Living Spaces programme, our growth areas fund, and our support for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Groundwork, and BTCV.