Allotments are valuable community spaces that provide people with the opportunity to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. As such there are many legal and policy safeguards in place to make sure that their disposal is properly and thoroughly handled by the Secretary of State.
This guidance replaces the letter sent to local authority chief executives in February 2002 and sets out, much more robustly, the factors the Secretary of State will consider when deciding whether to give consent.
The application form is to be used by local authorities wishing to seek consent from the Secretary of State to dispose of any statutory allotment land they currently manage. Disposal refers to the sale or lease of such land or an intended change of use. The accompanying guidance assists with the completion of the form.