GENERAL

There are currently two allotment sites within Bishopstoke Parish, one in Jockey Lane and the other in Underwood Road. Each site is managed on a day to day basis by a small committee of volunteers under the direction of Council Officers. For more information about allotments please email allotments@bishopstokepc.org.

 

We have been waiting for two more allotment sites - one at Sewall Drive, by the Cemetery off Stoke Common Road, and the other at Bow Lake Gardens off Church Road. However there have been substantial delays in these sites being finished and passed to the Borough Council from the developer, which means that they have not yet come to the Parish Council.

 

To apply to go on the waiting list at any of our sites, whether current or future, please use the online application form or contact us directly by emailing allotments@bishopstokepc.org or calling 07444 798083 and leaving a message.

Details about each individual site, including the current waiting time, are available via the links above.

ELIGIBILITY

Each allotment site may have slightly different rules as to who is eligible for a plot. Currently Jockey Lane is the most restricted as that currently has around a four year wait before someone reaches the top of the waiting list. All waiting times are approximate but we do our best to monitor them.

Jockey Lane - To be eligible you must be a resident of Bishopstoke. This only applies to the main tenant. It is possible to have a second tenant on the agreement and this person has no restrictions on where they live, although should they ever wish to become the main plot holder then the current eligibility requirements would then apply to them.

All other sites - To be eligible you must live within 3 miles of the boundary of Bishopstoke. Again, this restriction does not apply to secondary tenants.

RENT

The current rent is £8 per rod per year, or £5 per rod per year for those tenants aged 70 or over The Parish Council will review the rent annually, usually in November, and rental demand letters will be sent to plot holders the following September. Payment may be by BACS, cheque or cash.

SITE FACILITIES

Jockey Lane has 35 plots, a toilet and running water.

Underwood Road, has around 125 plots, a toilet, shop, kitchen and running water.

Sewall Drive is expected to have around 30 plots, a kitchen, toilet and running water.

Bow Lake Gardens is expected to have around 40 plots including a number of raised beds suitable for wheelchair users and others with difficulty bending down to the ground.

Underwood Road
Sewall Drive
Jockey Lane
Bow Lake Gardens

ALLOCATION

Once you reach the top of the waiting list you will be offered the next available plot. You can choose not to take up the offer if you wish, and you would remain at the top of the list. Most plots now are around 125 metres squared (5 rods) although some are slightly smaller and there are still some that are double the size. Should you wish to add a second plot you will go back onto the waiting list at the bottom and in due course be offered an extra plot.

 

Ordinarily no person may be allocated more than 10 rods in total within Bishopstoke. However, if a plot holder at Underwood Road wishes to increase their holding, and the waiting list is empty, they will be able to apply for extra plots to a maximum total of 20 rods overall.

Any holder who has been allocated two physically separated plots of 5 rods will be given first refusal on any plot neighbouring one of their allocations. They will be given the opportunity to relinquish one 5 rod plot in order to have their plots closer together and the plot given up will be allocated to the next on the waiting list.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to view their plot before taking it on. However, if the plot is refused by the applicant without good reason (to be determined at the discretion of the Clerk) they will be returned to the bottom of the list if they wish to remain an applicant

National Allotment

Society

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DEFRA

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Animal & Plant Health

Agency

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All About Allotments

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ALLOTMENTS

DRAFT ALLOTMENT TENANCY AGREEMENT

Since the Parish Council took over the allotments at Underwood Road and Jockey Lane in 2015 there have been a number of different tenancy agreements which means that there are currently at least four slightly different versions in use at the moment. To ensure that everyone is following the same agreement they are all being replaced by a single tenancy agreement, which will be kept updated for everyone.

As part of the process the draft version of the new agreement is being published so that people can send feedback and comments to the Council to help ensure it reflects what allotment holders want. The consultation will run until the 31st July 2022 with the final version being agreed by Bishopstoke Parish Council in September. Allotment tenants will then have a year to switch over to the new agreement. Click on the buttons below to open or download the new agreement, and to send us your comments.