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The B.L.A.S.T. committee met and studied the Preferred Options questionnaire and agreed a considered response. Please use this as a guide to filling in your own questionnaire - if you have not obtained one yet go to Riverside House or go online & reply by 25th September www.warwickdc.gov.uk/corestrategy
Our response is written from a non political collective allotment view with positive suggestions but please feel free to give your own personal opinions to WDC. Remember B.L.A.S.T.'s objective is to protect existing allotments in the area and seek provision for future allotments by working with the Council, land owners and, yes, developers for the common good.

CORE STRATEGY CONSIDERED RESPONSE

We represent several allotment societies in and around Leamington who joined forces to oppose any attempt to build on allotment land or Green Belt in North Leamington signalled as possible areas for consideration in the ‘Options for Growth’ questionnaire published in May 2008.

With the publishing of the Core Strategy Options in June 2009 we were glad to see the Planning Officers clearly realised the importance of protecting the Green Belt and did NOT suggest that allotment land and Green Belt land to the north of Leamington should be used. For this we are all extremely thankful and wish we had not needed to mount the extensive campaign to save our green spaces.

The protection of food producing land and seeking the provision of more land and space for allotments and food production is our continual aim. We intend to maintain our campaign and will gladly work with all the local Officers, Councillors and Land Owners to achieve this end.

Leamington and WDC need to use our food producing land as effectively as possible to help provide for our present and future needs as imports from overseas with carbon miles become more expensive with the changing climate and with the Third World food demand increasing.

Self-sufficiency and building on food producing land do not go together.

We at B.L.A.S.T. believe it is our right to determine our local targets. This report goes some way towards that right and defending local land against developers hungry for profit on this premise we accept this report and offer considered and constructive comments for your consideration.

Representation ID: 1550
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree with the Preferred Growth Strategy for Warwick District to 2026?

Representation: 3a On all future developments deliver a mutual beneficial policy towards green land for gardens and allotments, green spaces for recreation and healthy living, green attitude towards future self-sufficiency in home grown food production

Representation ID: 1549
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree with the Preferred Vision for Warwick District to 2026?

Representation: 3b The vision needs to encompass the country's future needs for self-sufficiency and food production with in particular the ratio of garden land, including allotments, to house building being greater in favour of growing land.

Representation ID: 1552
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree with the Strategic Objectives for Warwick District?

Representation: 4a Develop a culture where the local community is engaged and encourage to partake in local gardening activities to grow food including allotments from existing land and future provision. WDC needs to use its food producing land as effectively as possible to provide for our present and future needs as imports from overseas with carbon miles become more expensive with the changing climate and with 3rd world food demand increasing. Self sufficiency and building on food producing land do not go together.

Representation ID: 1554
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for the location of new employment land?

Representation: 5a How many local people out of work who need housing? Is there a prediction for this? BLAST believe working people and the unemployed would benefit from the opportunity to spend time on allotments if available to provide leisure time for the employed and for the unemployed to grow food to supplement their expenses

Representation ID: 1555
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - (i) Land at Lower Heathcote Farm, south of Harbury Lane

Representation: 5bi Where are the planned roads, schools and services including land available for allotments. Warwick Gates are still waiting for the school promised by Gallagher when they built there. Who are the people and companies wishing to move here?

Representation ID: 1556
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - (ii) Land west of Europa Way, Warwick

Representation: 5bii Where are the plans for the infra structure - schools, services, allotments etc? Where will the current number of households (4,692) on waiting lists fit into this plan and where will they go if they can't afford what is built?

Representation ID: 1557
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Tourism?

Representation: 7a We fully support the identified options and wherever allotment people can be involved to help deliver further tourist attractions we will

Representation ID: 1558
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Tourism, particularly in respect of visitor accommodation?

Representation: 7b Gardens both in the parks, historical locations and private, are a source of great tourist attraction to the district we must maintain and encourage our residents to get involved and develop even more attractions for the tourists that involve gardening - the project for the Pump Room Gardens is a good example. A living, working allotment in one of the parks would be a good idea as an incentive for people to try.

Representation ID: 1559
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Regeneration?

Representation: 8a We at BLAST believe that regeneration of under used land that could be made into growing land could provide opportunities to grow food and be more self-supportive across the community - it could also help to reduce waiting lists of existing allotments

Representation ID: 1560
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Regeneration?

Representation: 8b BLAST will be monitoring the progress of this strategy for sooner rather than later action

Representation ID: 1564
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Rural Communities?

Representation: 9a Allotment land provides a sustainable cohesion in rural areas and binds the fabric of the local communities to work together for the common good (as has been the case since feudal times). It is important to maintain the need to keep allotment land available around villages and not let them become expensive housing estates. While at the same time maintaining the rural space between rural and urban communities

Representation ID: 1561
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Rural Communities, particularly in respect of rural housing?

Representation: 9b It is important to maintain existing allotment land and seek provision for future allotment land to keep it available for the community and not let it become an expensive housing estate

Representation ID: 1565
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Infrastructure?

Representation: 11a Warwick Gates is living proof that developers can't be trusted to deliver the promised infrastructure - the estate has been built, the houses sold but still no school - a levy would have given the residents a school then whereas now it is still just promises and no action

Representation ID: 1567
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Infrastructure?

Representation: 11b Yes, yes, yes - developers must contribute to providing green spaces/allotments and, at ratios suggested by Cllr Goode, from the beginning, not at the end - five years later. If this is not the case developers must not be given permission to build.

Representation ID: 1568
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Open Space?

Representation: 12a All future developments must provide for garden and growing space as an initial part of the development plan with a definite designated area allocated to allotment use. It is predicted by the government that over 2.16 million homes will be without a private garden by 2010 all the more reason to plan for allotments now

Representation ID: 1569
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Open Space?

Representation: 12b The plans don't show as a percentage of space 40% of the residents wishes to protect open spaces including play areas, sports pitches, allotments. This must be seen along with housing space, employment space as green space and shown in the plan. It's vital for the local community to be given an opportunity to get into the fresh air, enjoy the healthy benefits from growing and eating own food. Leamington has over 200 people on allotment waiting lists imagine what 10,800 homes would add to these lists.

Representation ID: 1571
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Community Safety?

Representation: 13a Allotments within the district are becoming more and more the victims of vandalism and mindless damage to plots and crops through planned/focussed stealing of valuable and important equipment, while damaging the sheds where the tools, lawn mowers, rotivators are kept. Allotments on main roads and edges of estates are particularly vulnerable

Representation ID: 1573
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Community Safety?

Representation: 13b Future option must include allotment space that is well protected and near/close to the allotment users. Also the allotment should be regularly checked by police patrols.

Representation ID: 1574
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Inclusive Access?

Representation: 14a In the local allotment societies vulnerable and disadvantaged people are catered for such Mid Warwicks MIND and Ridgeway Special School who have their own dedicated plots supported by our members.

Representation ID: 1575
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Inclusive Access?

Representation: 14b Future plans must encompass more allotments with the accessibility & facilities for these many mixed groups and schools to enjoy the healthy outdoors.

Representation ID: 1577
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for the Historic Environment?

Representation: 16a Yes we agree you have identified all reasonable options

Representation ID: 1578
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for the Historic Environment?

Representation: 16b We at BLAST fully support any plans to protect and maintain historic gardens both as an historic record but also as a living example for gardeners of all ages eg Warwick's Lord Leycester Hospital Victorian garden

Representation ID: 1580
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for the Natural Environment?

Representation: 17a We find allotments across the district are home to diverse groups of flora and fauna along with providing a habitat for a great variety of birds, animals and reptiles including the protected Great Crested Newt and the national rarity Warwickshire Drooper Plum. May we once again remind WDC of the massive importance in maintaining green belt land between Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth and we fully support the decision to remove it from the Options for Growth

Representation ID: 1581
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for the Natural Environment, particularly in respect of amendments to the Area of Restraint designation?

Representation: 17b We believe that the concept of keeping a green gap between towns and villages is vital and must be maintained and in fact guaranteed against future development plans

Representation ID: 1582
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for the Built Environment?

Representation: 18a It is important when designing/planning a built environment that adequate importance is placed upon green space and growing land in the shape of gardens and allotments.

Representation ID: 1583
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for the Built Environment?

Representation: 18b Where gardens are not possible eg flats adequate space must be found to provide green growing areas in the form of local collectives or establishing new allotments else we run the risk of healthy lifestyles being reduced

Representation ID: 1584
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Sustainable Buildings?

Representation: 19a We support that there should be targets but the WDC should aim for 50/60% now

Representation ID: 1585
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Sustainable Buildings, particularly in respect of higher targets for the reduction of carbon emissions?

Representation: 19b Having more allotments planned from the start will help reduce carbon emissions in the district. Recycling, water conservation and low or non existent energy use is the allotment way.

Representation ID: 1586
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Flood Risk?

Representation: 20a We feel the need for greater co-ordination between the different agencies to maintain waterways and drainage with planned development

Representation ID: 1587
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Flood Risk?

Representation: 20b Before any new development takes place the district's existing drainage system needs to be thoroughly sorted out, flood plains should be protected and extended never built on unless it was allowed for allotments use.

Representation ID: 1588
OBJECT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you agree that the Council has identified all reasonable options for Waste and Recycling?

Representation: 21a People with working gardens and allotments are past master at waste recycling, in fact the whole composting industry grew from our example. The council should offer anyone with an allotment or garden the latest of ideas like the green cone and should be made easily available

Representation ID: 1589
SUPPORT B.L.A.S.T.
Core Strategy - Preferred Options - Do you support or object to the preferred option for Waste and Recycling?

Representation: 21b Encourage all residents to collect and compost waste, make the collection business simple and easy and as we say at BLAST 'Reduce, reuse and recycle'