Access to Land

Buying Land Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering purchasing land for a community growing project, then please read the Buying Land Overview Document first.

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Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.

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Case Study: Llangollen Community Garden

This organic food-growing community garden, based on the site of an abandoned plot in Llangollen, is owned by Denbighshire County Council which gave permission for the development of community growing in 2012. It’s an excellent example of the process of setting up a community garden on a council site, with a licence rather than a lease.

Catherine Veasey, who has been involved in the development of the garden through the local Friends Of The Earth group, describes more about the garden and how it worked with the council.

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Case Study: The Grove Community Garden

The former site of the Fountain Brewery in the Fountainbridge area of central Edinburgh, which has been earmarked for development in the future, has been the focus of a partnership between Grosvenor, an international property development business, and a local community group to turn part of the site into a 'meanwhile' community garden.

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Land For Bees

If you have a community garden or other growing space, you may want to consider keeping bees.  You could look after them yourself, or offer a site for beehives in on your garden. Below is what you need to know about land and community bee keeping.

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Finding Land: Community Growing On NHS Land

The National Health Service owns 6.9 million hectares of land across the UK and already provides space for dozens of community growing sites.  If your group is seeking land and think there might be some suitable NHS-owned land available, then an approach is definitely worth making.

Download the following document for more information: Community Growing On NHS Land

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Useful Link: Government Planning Website (England)

The planning pages of the Government's website include useful sources of information on: 

  • National Planning Policy Framework
  • Planning Policies
  • Consultations
  • Publications
  • Statistics

Explore the pages using the following link: www.gov.uk/government/topics/planning-and-building 

 

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Useful Link: Edible Estates Good Practice Guide

Neighbourhoods Green, a partnership initiative which highlights the importance of open space for residents of social housing and works with social landlords to raise the quality of their design, management and safe use, has published a comprehensive guide for Housing Associations about community growing on their land.

The guide covers resident led projects, housing association led projects and third party led projects. You can find the guide by clicking the following link:

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Vision: Land Access For Sustainable Cities

This CLAS visioning document is aimed at stakeholders who have an interest or influence in land-based policy at town, city or area-wide level.

It suggests a number of measures and practical actions that can be taken to improve access to land for small-scale and community food growing.

The actions listed here are part of the CLAS remit to influence policy at local, regional and national level, with the aim of making more land available for community growing.

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