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PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENT PREPARED BY BLAST AND SENT TO ALL WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCILLORS PRIOR TO THEIR VOTE ON OPTIONS FOR GROWTH
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BLAST SETS OUT OBJECTIVES FOR NEW LOCAL PLAN

The Council have issued a questionnaire seeking our views for a new Local Plan.   

It is important if you treasure your allotment and our Green Belt that you personally enter your views, you can view the questionnaire online at
www.warwickdc.gov.uk/newlocalplan

BLAST on behalf of all allotments in Leamington will be submitting the views below which you could use as a guide.  

Please do submit your own views because the Council will be more impressed by 700 gardeners responding along with BLAST.


LOCAL PLAN – Q6 Other Objectives

B.L.A.S.T. represents 6 allotment societies in Leamington with over 700 members feeding 3000 people good, wholesome, fresh food from their plots.    With over 200 on waiting lists for a plot our objective for the Local Plan is as follows:

 

  1. 1) PROTECTION – all existing allotments in Leamington must be protected and their future safety guaranteed, underwritten by the Council.
  2. 2) PROVISION – with a shortage of allotments it is right and proper the Council should provide more land within Leamington.   B.L.A.S.T. provided a proposal in 2009 entitled ‘Time to Grow’ which explains the importance of us all working together to find a solution    The other provision we believe should come with new build proposals is that the developers/builders provide adequate growing ground in the form of gardens on small developments, or, if 100 new homes, a piece of land set aside for communal growing or allotments.
  3. 3) PREVENTION – it is vital for the health and wellbeing of Leamington people  that any builder or developer is prevented from gaining planning permission on any Green Belt land around the north of Leamington and between the 3 towns;   this includes any green growing land on adjacent farms. When green growing land is tarmac’d or concreted it will never be returned to growing land again.

 

 

All these objectives will help reduce our carbon footprint and make us more self sufficient in the future.