Section 106 growing spaces

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Dear Caerphilly Council,

Can you please provide the information on and where appropriate copies of relevant documents of:

1) What land for allotments or growing spaces, both private and public, have you requested in the last 5 years?

2) From the land requested in the last 5 years, what land has not been put into use for your residents to grow on?

3) How many planning applications do you currently have which could be used to make a Section 106 requirement for land to grow on?

4) What targets are in place to increase the use of Section 106 to provide more land for your residents to grow on?

5) What is currently being done in your borough to provide alternative land for residents to grow on?

This is a request made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

Yours faithfully,

Dolly Theis

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WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Dear Ms. Theis,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information received on 7th July 2010.

We have considered your request and enclose the following information:

1) What land for allotments or growing spaces, both private and public,
have you requested in the last 5 years?

We have interpreted your question to mean," what land have we acquired"

In 2007, the Council acquired a new allotment at Llwyn On in Oakdale
pursuant to Policy L1 of the UDP. The previous allotment which was leased
in from the Penmaen Estate was granted planning permission for residential
development and the new allotment was provided as a replacement.

It was less than 2 years ago that the demand for allotments in Caerphilly,
increased dramatically. Prior to then, many allotments were under capacity
and therefore there was no need for the Council to obtain or acquire new
land to be used for allotment purposes.

2) From the land requested in the last 5 years, what land has not been put
into use for your residents to grow on?

See question 1

3) How many planning applications do you currently have which could be
used to make a Section 106 requirement for land to grow on?

None

4) What targets are in place to increase the use of Section 106 to provide
more land for your residents to grow on?

We do not have any targets to increase the use of S106 Agreements for land
to grow on as we cannot pre-empt what planning applications may be
submitted and each application would be assessed on its own merits.

5) What is currently being done in your borough to provide alternative
land for residents to grow on?

The council is actively working with two groups in order to establish two
brand new allotment sites. A further 2 new allotments are being considered
for investment which will be subject to funding.

Two existing allotments have sought to increase their boundaries in order
to provide more plots to allow more opportunities for gardeners. Council
officers are working to facilitate these requests

We supply this information based on your original request. If this is not
what you wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request
please do not hesitate to contact me to clarify your exact requirements.

If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with
the handling of your request please contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Beverley Griffiths
Information Officer

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2004

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send to:
Information Unit
Caerphilly county borough council,
Tredomen House,
Tredomen Park,
Ystrad Mynach,
Hengoed. CF82 7WF

Appeals will be determined by Mr. Stuart Rosser - Chief Executive. If
you are unhappy with that decision you have the right to appeal to:

Information Commissioner's Office - Wales,
Cambrian Buildings,
Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff, CF10 5FL

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Telephone: 029 2044 8044
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