North Moors Allotment Project
The North Moors Allotment Project is part of the project to regenerate the Slyfield area and deliver around 1500 new homes, employment space and significant infrastructure improvements and investment.
The current allotment site at Bellfields forms part of the larger site known as Weyside Urban Village. It is made up of 3 historical allotment sites: Old Farm, Lagoon and Parsons Green. As the site is on land which is part of the Slyfield area, we need to move the allotments in order to push the project forward.
The site is managed by the Guildford Allotment Society (GAS) and is very well used. We know the allotments are important to allotment holders and the wider community and we are committed to working with GAS. The design will reflect the wishes of GAS and we want to create an outstanding facility for the borough to use and be proud of.
The new dedicated facility for allotment holders will include a meeting room and office, a kitchen and dining area, toilet facilities, storage and a patio area with seating.
Benefits of the project:
The design of the allotments will take into account the wishes of the GAS and include sustainable technologies and ecological benefits, such as:
- Bee keeping areas
- Rainwater harvesting
- Permeable surfaces
- Dedicated composting areas
- Recycled accommodation
Planning Application submitted
The reprovision of the Bellfields allotments at North Moors and the extension to the existing allotments at Aldershot Road do not require planning permission. The new access road to North Moors allotments, along with the new fencing around the site and the new facility for allotment holders, does require permission. A planning application for this has been submitted to Guildford Borough Council.
Because allotments are considered to be valuable community assets, permission must be granted by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government before they can be removed and reprovided. We will do this in parallel with the planning application.
Engaging with our communities
Two consultation events were held for the public and allotment holders at Christ's College Sixth Form Centre on 29th and 30th October. Both events were well attended, and the comments will be reviewed with the Guildford Allotment Society (GAS) to see what can be incorporated into the developing plans for the new allotments. We are clear that the process must be done with the GAS and the allotment holders from start to finish.
Your consultation questions answered
How accessible will North Moors be?
Is the site at risk of flooding at North Moors?
What will the new site provide?
When will we get more information about Weyside Village?
Why are the allotments being moved to North Moors?
Why are the allotments being moved?
Why is the Secretary of State involved?
Will we have help to relocate?
We have been working with the GAS to look at the principal design and we also need to take into account the guidelines issued by the National Allotment Society.
|Consents, Approvals & Works||Date|
|Planning Application for new allotments||January 2020|
|Planning consent granted||April 2020|
|Works to commence on new site||May 2020|
|Works complete on new site||October 2020|
|Move to new site||October 2020|
|Free to use both allotment sites||October 2020 - April 2021|
|Vacate Bellfields allotments||April 2021|
For more information on this project, please contact our major projects team.
A greener Guildford
Having declared a Climate Change Emergency last year, Guildford Borough Council is committed to delivering an overall reduction in carbon emissions with the Council and across the Borough.
The new allotments at North Moors have been designed to be fully sustainable and will set the standard for eco-friendly community gardening.
Across the wider Weyside Urban Village project, we will deliver significant benefits including new protected green spaces, measures to decrease reliance on cars and modern and sustainable methods of construction.