State-of-the-art sustainable new allotment site for the borough
Community gardening in Guildford continues to evolve with plans for an environmentally friendly and sustainable new allotment site taking a step forward this week.
Following extensive consultation with residents, allotment holders and the Guildford Allotment Society - including two public exhibitions last October - the proposed site will use sustainable technologies, rainwater harvesting, permeable surfaces, dedicated composting and bee keeping areas and boast recycled buildings.
The new site at North Moors is close to Slyfield, Bellfields and Jacobs Well and less than three-quarters of a mile from the current allotments. The current site at Slyfield will be regenerated to become part of the Council's new Weyside Urban Village, an ambitious project to create a high quality sustainable urban living environment with views over the stunning river Wey. The brownfield land will make way for 1,500 new homes (40% will be affordable housing), new community facilities and 6,500 sqm of commercial space.
Local authorities have a mandatory obligation to provide allotment provision under Section 23 of the 1908 Small Holdings and Allotments Act and in order to move an allotment site, the Council must apply for permission to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Alongside this submission, a planning application has been made for a new access road, fencing and building.
Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Transformation, Regeneration, Sustainable Transport and Economic Development, Cllr Caroline Reeves said: "The wellbeing benefits of gardening and eating fresh produce are widely recognised and the social benefit of allotment gardening is particularly significant. The new site will be state-of-the-art and built to the highest environmental standards. Everyone who has a current site is guaranteed a new plot."
She added: "The Weyside Urban Village represents an exciting new chapter in Guildford's future. It will give us much needed housing for the borough for all ages from young commuters to families to those downsizing into retirement. We'll also be providing excellent infrastructure improvements including pedestrian and cycle paths into the town centre, extended educational facilities and exciting employment opportunities for local people. I am pleased that with the submission of the Secretary of State application, this major project moves a step closer to being delivered."
Published on Wednesday 12 February.