Town council plans to create 30 new allotments in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 June 2018

New allotments could be coming to Honiton is plans are approved. Photo: Stock image

New allotments could be coming to Honiton is plans are approved. Photo: Stock image

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Green-fingered residents in Honiton could soon have the chance to harvest their own crops if plans to bring allotments to the town get the go-ahead.

Honiton Town Council has submitted an application create 30 allotments on land adjacent to Battishorne Way following a survey it conducted.

In its application, the council said: “It [the survey] identified an interest by user groups wanting to have an allotment.

“At the time of writing (June 21, 2018), there are at least 80 people who have expressed an interest.”

The proposed site for the allotments is a strip of grassland running alongside The Gissage river beside Battishorne Way.

The land is owned by Combe Estate, and the council says it is currently in the process of finalising a lease agreement with the estate.

Councillor Phil Twiss, who represents Honiton at district and county level, has heralded the plans. He said: “I have no hesitation in recommending approval for this application for much needed allotments in Honiton, that will go part way to satisfying known need.

“I commend the town council in its perseverance over a number of years in bringing this forward to application.

“The site is easily accessible by foot, bicycle for large parts of Honiton and as well as being highly sustainable fulfilling the health and wellbeing agenda of East Devon District Council.”

The proposal relies on creating a track through the grassland and cultivating park of the site to create the allotments.

The application added: “The existing gateway into the field will be used to access the site. This allows for off-road stopping for any vehicle wishing to enter or leave the site, and will not lead to an increase in on-road parking or stopping along the road.

“The proposal allows for nine parking spaces within the site to allow people to bring things to and from the site.”

Honiton town councillor Roy Coombs: “If this application is approved, it will certainly good news for those who would like an allotment. I believe our waiting list is over 90 people - this would be providing 30 allotments.

“There would still definitely be a need.”

Planning bosses at East Devon District Council will make a determination on the application at a future meeting.

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