Baldock Allotment Sites – Better Space For Other Uses?

9th September 2021 posted in BUYERS TENANTS

Before we find ourselves in trouble, we’d like to state our support for the allotments in and around Baldock. These are great spaces, not only allowing people to grow much-needed items; they offer an activity space and an opportunity for people to socialise.

At Country Properties, we appreciate the many aspects that make community life in Baldock what it is, and allotments have a big role to play.

However, we also stay in touch with the latest housing market news. A recent study has shone a light on allotments and whether these spaces could be used more productively. We share this information to be aware of it, without wishing to annoy the many people who take great joy from spending time in their allotment in Baldock.

More homes are needed across England, and Hertfordshire

England’s allotments could provide space for over 600,000 new homes, according to the findings of the latest research by the estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk.

Research carried out by GetAgent found:

·       There are an estimated 4,554 allotments across the country

·       There are an estimated 166,606 plots in these allotments

·       The average size for an allotment is 250 square metres

·       This would mean there is a potentially 44,401,500 square metres of allotment space

·       This space would be enough to build 604,513 new homes, based on the average property size coming in at 73.45 sqm

The price of the average new build property in England is £348,298; and extrapolating this out, this could lead to £210.5bn worth of property.

·       London is home to the greatest potential use of allotment land, with more than 7m sqm of allotment space

·       Using allotment space for property in London could create 95,575 new homes, and this would be worth £50.3bn in market value

·       The next most significant place in the UK which could benefit is Tyne & Wear, which has 291 allotments, covering 2.8m sqm

·       This space could be used to create over 38,000 new homes

Other areas which have significant allotment space include:

·       West Midlands, with 35,442 allotments

·       Greater Manchester, with 32,788 allotments

·       County Durham, with 27,478 allotments

·       West Yorkshire, with 22,566 allotments

·       Hertfordshire, which has 22,301 allotments

Allotment space could be used for other purposes

Excluding London, the areas which would see the highest potential value of new homes are as follows:

·       Hertfordshire, coming in at £10.4bn

·       Surrey, coming in at £8.5bn

·       The West Midlands, coming in at £9.3m

·       Tyne and Wear, also coming in at £9.3m

As you will see in the lists above, Hertfordshire is noted as the place outside of London where taking allotment space will have the biggest potential impact for homes.

In Baldock, you will find the following allotments:

·       BALGA Clothall Rd Site

·       BALGA North Rd Site

·       Ashwell Allotments

The Baldock Allotment and Leisure Gardeners’ Association can be contacted by writing to 11 Kingsfield House, Hadrian Way, Baldock, SG7 6FR and they can be found online at the following website: https://balga-online.co.uk/

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, said; “Allotments can play a very important role within the community, particularly in our major cities, providing the outdoor space that many look to in order to relax, unwind and socialise. So in this respect, they are probably more valuable than any bricks and mortar market value. However, we desperately need more homes, an issue that the government has been woefully poor at addressing. While we don’t suggest that allotments are the answer, we wanted to draw attention to the fact that more must be done.”

Colby Short also said; “Rather than sacrifice the nation’s allotments, there is a great deal of brownfield and wrongly classified green belt land that could go some way in helping deliver more homes. But until the government decides to pull its finger out, it will continue to sit unused and of no use to anybody.”

In line with Government guidelines, our Baldock Branch is open and our experienced team is working hard to support you.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 895061 or 01462 742077, or you could email baldock@country-properties.co.uk  or ashwell@country-properties.co.uk.