Following our recent article on the possible build of properties on allotment land across the country, we asked our local council for their view.
A spokesperson for Havering Council, said:
“The use of allotments for housing is not supported by the Council.
“This is underpinned by Havering’s Local Development Framework and the emerging Local Plan which include policies to protect existing open spaces, including allotments.
“We also support innovative ways of providing food growing and gardening opportunities, particularly through community gardens and dedicated growing spaces within new developments.”
Thank you Havering Council, I think this is the response locals here in Havering wanted.
Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who strongly opposes over development and the building on green spaces, told the Havering Daily:
“I will strongly oppose any proposals from Tory controlled Havering Council to build over our allotments.We do need homes that are really affordable for local people in housing need, but these should be on so called brown field sites, never on allotments. We need allotments, they are so vital for the well being of local people, they give respite and promote community spirit. They produce local sourced fruit and vegetables and are lungs in our urban areas.”