The most recent analysis from Searchland, the event web site sourcing specialists, has revealed that there’s an estimated 44.4m sq m of allotment house throughout England, sufficient to facilitate the development of over 200,000 new houses with a market worth of £84bn.
Searchland analysed the full variety of allotment websites throughout every space of England and what this equates to by way of whole land coated, earlier than what number of new houses this land might accommodate and their present market worth.
The analysis reveals that throughout England there are an estimated 4,554 allotment websites, with every house to a mean of 39 plots at 250 sq m. That’s an estimated whole of 44.4m sq m of land accounted for by the nation’s allotments.
With the typical new-build plot coming in at 222 sq m, the nation’s allotments might doubtlessly home 200,007 new houses. With the typical new-build commanding £418,519 within the present market, that’s a possible £84bn value of latest houses that could possibly be delivered to market by utilising allotment land.
Imagine it or not, it’s London that ranks because the nation’s allotment housing hotspot, with 720 allotment websites unfold throughout 7m sq m of land. That’s sufficient to ship 31,622 new houses to market with an estimated market worth of £18.4bn.
Allotment land could possibly be utilised to ship 12,780 new houses throughout Tyne and Put on with a market worth of £3.8bn, whereas 11,726 could possibly be constructed throughout the West Midlands with an identical market worth.
Different areas to rank throughout the high 10 embrace Higher Manchester (10,848), County Durham (9,091), West Yorkshire (7,466), Hertfordshire (7,378), Essex (6,017), Devon (5,578) and Kent (5,358).
Whereas the East Using of Yorkshire is house to simply 4 allotment websites, this land might nonetheless accommodate the development of 176 new houses within the space.
Co-founder and CEO of Searchland, Mitchell Fasanya mentioned, “Allotments can play an important function locally, offering an out of doors house for a lot of to socialize who could not in any other case have the possibility, significantly in main city hubs.
So we’re definitely not suggesting that the reply to the housing disaster is to cement over the nation’s allotments. Nonetheless, we do desperately have to construct extra houses and it’s a dialog we wish to ignite, as thus far the federal government has largely uncared for to handle this burning situation.
Utilising allotments is a drastic measure and one we needn’t ever think about ought to the federal government cease bending to the pressures of NIMBYism and the topic of constructing on the inexperienced belt to ship houses on land that’s greater than for function.”