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Demand for Land in Taunton Deane

Allotment Provision and Demand for Land in Taunton Deane

Survey results: there are at least 26.08 hectares (64 acres) of allotments in Taunton Deane

Allotments are a vehicle for delivering on health, social and economic agendas promoting community cohesion, education, health and the environment. However, results of a recent survey in which 31 out of 48 parish and town councils in Taunton Deane took part, suggest access to land is a barrier to people’s ability to grow food.

  • 10 parishes,1 town council and TDBC in Taunton, provide 899 full size allotment plots.
  • Estimates suggest that 150 people in Taunton are on waiting lists with a further 60 in Wellington and 12 in Wiveliscombe.
  • 5 parish council sites outside Taunton have waiting lists totalling approximately 22 people.
  • Demand hotspots exist in the parishes of Creech St Michael, Ruishton, West Monkton and Cotford St Luke where approximately 150 people are seeking land
  • 38 parishes have no current provision and no current deamdn as they are either very small,, very rural or homes have sufficiently large gardens for people to cultivate food at home
  • All of the sites in Taunton are owned by TDBC but all administration is conducted by self managed associations.
  • Despite a unique allotment strategy in Taunton Deane, approximately 400 people remain on allotment waiting lists. Latent demand suggests this number should be doubled.
  • The law says if 6 people petition, parish councils are obliged to consider the provision of land.

Location

Population

Plots

Area

Waiting list

Bishop's Hull

3,952

14

0.2659

0

Bishop's Lydeard

6,529

16

0.3607

5

Burrowbridge

526

New site due as part of 106 agreement

0

Current interest

Church Stanton

760

3 sites

No data

No data

Comeytrowe

5,857

Galmington Rd

1.4751

No data

Cotford St Luke

2,500

No current provision

0

60 seeking

Creech St Michael

2,464

No current provision

0

60 seeking

Milverton and North Deane

1,907

37

1.0323

4

Neroche

2,138

No data

0.0989

No data

North Curry

3,239

11

0.4268

11

Norton Fitzwarren

2,525

45

1.6080

2

Oake

650

No current provision

0

Current interest

Ruishton and Thornfalcon

1,389

No current provision

0

30 seeking

Stoke St Mary

1,000

2

No data

0

Taunton Blackbrook and Holway

6,618

Upper Holway

0.7218

Approximately 150

Taunton Fairwater

5,939

Turners Rd

4.4880

Taunton Halcon

6,708

Hamilton Rd

2.9445

Taunton Killams and Mountfield

4,228

Mountfield Allotments

0.5940

Taunton Lyngford

5,437

Rowbarton

4.0854

Taunton Manor and Wilton

4,937

Whitmore

0.2921

Taunton Pyrland and Rowbarton

6,316

Hope Corner Lane

1.7665

Trull

1,956

32

0.4040

No data

Wellington North

4,079

11

0.9284

No data

Wellington Rockwell Green & West

5,959

101

3.4971

60+

West Monkton

4,548

11

0.1074

No data

Wiveliscombe and West Deane

3,829

48

0.9816

12

 

Demand for allotment plots is growing nationally. Taunton Deane has both waiting lists and latent or “hidden” demand reflecting changing lifestyle priorities. People cite health considerations, improving diet, rising food prices, the superior taste, quality and freshness of home grown food, community building, environmental concerns and the therapeutic benefits of being active outside as reasons for needing access to land to grow food on.

In recent years these factors have given allotment-gardening an increasingly wide appeal. With the addition of young growers, being trained now at many children’s centres and primary and secondary schools across the district, demand for land to grow food on is showing no signs of diminishing. Latent demand exists. Many do not appear on any waiting list because they don’t know how plots are allocated, are not yet skilled growers, are disabled or feel it’s pointless to join long lists. Demand may also be masked as a result of sub-dividing plots into halves, quarters or less.

Who is providing allotments in Taunton Deane?

Most allotments in Taunton Deane are owned by parish and town councils with 9 owned by Taunton Deane Borough Council in Taunton itself. Several sites are owned by charitable trusts and some by the Church of England.

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