Allotment plots loss overrides housing need

The loss of allotments on land within the built-up area of Edinburgh was sufficiently harmful to reject a planned development of 28 houses, a reporter concluding that no compensation for their loss was proposed.

The scheme involved reducing 60 full-sized plots to 42 half-sized ones despite the increasing demand for allotments. An open space audit identified a need for new allotment sites and a further 650 plots, the reporter noted, and the council had a waiting list of 3,000 people. In her opinion there was not a significant over-provision of open space in the area and the loss of green infrastructure outweighed the limited contribution the site would play in improving housing land supply.

Reporter: Lorna McCallum; Written representations

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