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Olympic Games 2012: Allotments

Volume 692: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the statutory obligations of the London Development Agency and the local authority to any allotment holders on the proposed Olympic site. [HL3473]

Local authorities are under a general duty under the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, if they are of the opinion that there is a demand for allotments in their area, to provide a sufficient number for those of their residents who wish to take on one. The sole statutory obligation of the London Development Agency (LDA) is to compensate the allotment holders for the loss of their allotments.

However, while the LDA is not under any statutory obligation, it is nevertheless working closely with the allotment holders and making strenuous efforts to relocate the allotments until 2014. After this date the Olympic legacy proposals provide for a new permanent allotment site to be allocated within the Olympic Park.