Cardiff Council deleted policy requiring allotments and growing spaces to be provided on new developments.
The Deposit Local Development Plan (2014) had sought provision for allotments and/or community growing areas including community farms, communal gardens, orchards and community harvesting schemes on new residential developments over 46 units.
Although Cardiff council stated it values the role of allotments and community growing areas in contributing towards sustainable communities, healthy living and improved interaction between different social and age groups, this has not been followed through in planning policy. The Council adopted its Local Development Plan in 2016. In this plan, growing spaces are recognised as part of green infrastructure to be protected (Policy KP16). The draft policy for the provision of allotments and growing areas in new development was deleted at the examination because the Inspector thought "the Policy lacked clarity and was not justified by robust evidence". The Health policy which aimed to manage the location of fast food takeaways to appropriate locations was also deleted.
Public Health Wales has engaged a Public Health Specialist who deals with Planning issues. The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has designed a template which they use for responding to planning applications for large housing developments.
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