How long must I wait for an allotment?

FAQs

The typical waiting times for an allotment in Glossop are:-

  1. St Mary’s Road, Glossop (managed by GAFA) – 4 years.
  2. Jordan St, Glossop (Managed by High Peak Borough Council) – 12 years.
  3. Gladsone St, Whitfield (managed by Glossop, District and Hadfield Allotments Association) – 7 years.

GAFA anticipates that the new Allotment Strategy being finalised by High Peak Borough Council will substantially reduce overall waiting times by the creation of at least 150 new allotments (half-standard size =125sq.metres per plot) across Glossopdale.

GAFA has conducted an Annual Waiting List survey for Glossopdale for the past two years to provide useful information to its members, the general public and the local authority (HPBC).  This is shown below:

Waiting List Figures by Allotment Site for 2012:

Allotment Site

No. of Plots in Cultivation

No. on Waiting List

Jordan St, Glossop

8

126

GHDAA*, Whitfield

45

55

Platt St, Padfield

12

10

Padfield Community Allotments

36

8

St Mary’s Road (GAFA)

9

35

Salisbury Street (Dig! Hadfield)

11

8

Gamesley Residents Association (no site)

0

15

TOTAL

121

257

*GHDAA=Glossop, Hadfield and District Allotments Association.

 

Waiting List Figures by Allotment Site for 2011:

Allotment Site

No. Plots in Cultivation

No. on Waiting List

Jordan St, Glossop

8

120

GHDAA*, Whitfield

45

60

Platt St, Padfield

12

10

Padfield Community Allotments

36

10

GAFA (no site)

0

47

Dig! Hadfield (no site)

0

20

Gamesley Residents Association (no site)

0

10

TOTAL

101

277

Therefore, the relative number of people waiting in areas of Glossopdale administered by High Peak Borough Council is:

212 for every 100 plots in cultivation in 2012 – a decrease from 274 per 100 plots in cultivation in 2011.

 

Assumptions of GAFA’s Waiting List Survey:

  1. The figure “No. Plots in cultivation” is calculated as the number of people holding allotment tenancy agreements for all sites.  Data for 2011 has been corrected for Padfield Community Allotments to show the correct number of plots in cultivation (36), which was previously underestimated in the 2011 survey as 24 plots.
  2. The survey excludes GAFA petitioners who are not paid-up members of the group.  GAFA now estimate that 100/483 people who signed the petition in 2008 did so as an application for an allotment; of these 100 people, approximately 45 are current members.
  3. The same person may appear on several waiting lists.

Long waiting lists are often unrepresentative of the true extent of demand, because many people do not bother to apply because they believe they have extremely low chances of receiving an allotment