Calls go out for more allotments

CALLS are being made for more allotments to be created in North Tyneside as some aspiring gardeners are having to wait up to seven years to get one.

There are currently more than 2,000 people on the waiting list for plots in the borough, and the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners is demanding action to tackle that backlog.

It is backing plans for 100 new allotments to be created as part of a planning application for a new estate at Scaffold Hill, near Holystone.

Peter Horrocks, northern area representative for the group, said: “The waiting lists for allotments are rising year on year as more and more people are wanting to control what goes into the fruit and vegetables they eat.

“Gardening is also a great way of keeping fit.

“The proposed site is ideally placed in an area that is under-served by allotments and will be very welcome.”

Mr Horrocks has suggested to prospective developer Northumberland Estates that it provide 40 full-sized allotments, 110 half-sized plots and 20 quarter-sized ones, if given the go-ahead to get building.

Colin Barnes, director of planning and development at Northumberland Estates, said: “We are in the process of consulting local allotment associations in North Tyneside to ensure the proposed allotments are exactly what local people want.”

However, the application by Northumberland Estates to build up to 450 homes on the 150-acre site at Scaffold Hill, as well as extending Rising Sun Country Park, has been criticised by some residents.

They claim it is an overdevelopment of the site and would have an adverse impact on the environment.

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