Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

Borth Community Gardens is an initiative to create a space for local people to grow their own food in a communal environment. The allotments and community gardens are located near St. Matthew's Church, Borth, Ceredigion. Activities on the site include gardening, work parties by locals and visiting groups, as well as Open Day events and more informal get-togethers. In addition to cultivated land, the gardens are now home to several chickens, a couple of ducks and bee hives on the community garden section.


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.


Better Planning Key To Better Green Spaces

Better partnerships and evidence are the key to deriving greater benefits from green places, according to a recent Natural England conference organised by the Green Infrastructure Partnership, which considered how the English planning system could be used to support and maintain the delivery of green infrastructure more creatively in the long term.


Community asset status tough for green spaces

Around half of applications to list a green space as an asset of community value (ACV) have failed, according to analysis by Development Control Services (DCS), which looked at 134 English local planning authorities to see which assets local people had asked to be registered and which were given the status.


Case Study: Cae Tan

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.


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: 



Planning: Green Space Designations

Neighbourhood Plans establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a locality. The plans are drawn up by Neighbourhood Planning Groups and are influential. According to the Government, Neighbourhood plans are intended to allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, while still meeting the needs of the wider area.


Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.


Planning Reform Advisory (England)

Since Autumn 2011, there have been several major reforms to the planning system in England, primarily through the Localism Act and the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework. This document gives a simple overview of the changes the fresh opportunities now available to benefit community growing projects. Please note this document is applicable to England only.


Planning: Section 106 Agreements

Section 106 Agreements are a piece of planning legislation which can be used to bring benefits to local communities as a result of development of a piece of land, which can include the creation of a community green space.



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