About the Community Land Advisory Service Wales
- Is your community looking for land to set up a community garden or food growing project?
- Would you like to use local authority land for a wildlife project?
- Do you need help getting permissions to use land for the benefit of your community?
- Do you need guidance on setting up and progressing your green space project?
The Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) is funded by Welsh Government to support community green space projects to acquire land and gain all the necessary permissions including planning, so that they can set up and manage green spaces as effectively as possible. The Service provides specialist support and advice to a wide variety of community led green space projects across Wales.
This year the funding will also provide two part time development workers to support community green space projects to set up and progress. This ongoing and expanded funding demonstrates the Welsh Government’s commitment to driving up the quality of local green space and supporting communities to identify and take control of the green spaces around them.
Improving planning rights for allotment holders and community growers
Did you know that Social Farms and Gardens has been working hard to improve planning rights for allotment holders and community growers? We responded to the Welsh Government Consultation on permitted development rights earlier this year and we are awaiting the outcome from Welsh Government Planning Division. View the Welsh Government Consultation Document here and the response document from Social Farms & Gardens here.
Storage sheds and greenhouses – permitted development
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (the “GPDO”), as amended, allows some minor development to be undertaken, within certain parameters, without the need to apply to the LPA for planning permission. This is known as “permitted development”.
The GPDO has recently been amended to provide permitted development rights (PDRs) for development consisting of the erection, extension, alteration or replacement of storage sheds and greenhouses on community growing spaces. Some limitations apply to manage the visual and environmental impact of the development permitted. This means, in some circumstances, not everyone can benefit from these rights and will need to apply to the LPA for planning permission if the structure constitutes development. The extent that you can benefit from the PDRs depends on the size of the growing space and the size of the storage shed and greenhouse.
Please contact your local planning authority or the CLAS Cymru programme to gain further advice.
CLAS Cymru works in collaboration with the Green Flag Community Award which is managed by Keep Wales Tidy. We are working with them to increase the number of community managed green spaces and the number of eligible green flag community sites. CLAS Cymru runs its own award programme to recognise community projects that have managed to acquire land for effective green space projects such as orchards, woodlands and community gardens. All these projects manage valuable nature-based activities and the CLAS Cymru Community Managed Award is a steppingstone to achieving a Green Flag Community Award.
CLAS Cymru also and has a partner programme with Cardiff University Law School and Blake Morgan LLP law firm to work on case studies and provide up to date guidance documents and templates. We continue to work with them to keep our website up to date with the latest advice on leases, licenses and other legal issues around community land.
If you would like more information or need advice on getting land to set up your community green space project please contact our CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org