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03/01/2020

Welsh Government plans to scrap permission for allotment sheds

Words: Laura Edgar
Allotment shed / Shutterstock_280797536

A consultation has been published on proposals to dispense with the need for planning permission to erect sheds or glasshouses on allotment sites in Wales.

Allotments, which are often owned by a local authority or managed by an allotment association, are usually divided up into smaller plots of land to be cultivated separately by a family or individual.

Planning permission is currently required in most circumstances for a shed or glasshouse to be built on the smaller plots.

The Welsh Government’s consultation suggests that planning rules could be amended so a shed or glasshouse can be built on each plot, subject to conditions that limit their size. It’s also proposed that there should be a limit of one shed/glasshouse per 125 square metres (equivalent to half a plot).

These changes would reduce the number of minor planning applications that local planning authorities have to consider so resources could be devoted to more complex applications.

Julie James, local government minister, said requiring planning permission for a shed or a glasshouse on an allotment “imposes unwarranted costs on individuals and local planning authorities".

“I want the communities of the future in Wales to be places where people want to live, work and enjoy leisure activities. Providing support for community food growing and green infrastructure is essential to delivering this vision.

“Our allotments are not only great for growing our own food, they’re a wonderful example of places that create opportunities for leisure and social interaction, while also supporting healthy and active lifestyles.

“I hope the changes we propose making to planning rules will allow our allotments to grow and thrive long into the future.”

The consultation, which closes on 28 February, can be found on the Welsh Government website (pdf).

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