Now that’s a controversial statement!  Should it ever happen it is estimated that England’s allotments could provide space for more than 600,000 new homes.  Not that this is ever likely to happen.

Research found that there are an estimated 4,554 allotments across the nation containing roughly 177,606 plots, which equates to there being enough square metres to build 604,513 new homes.  The average new-build house price in England currently £348,298, about £210.5bn worth of homes.

Countrywide, London has the most allotment space with the potential to build approximately 95,000 new homes, Tyne and Wear is second with 38,000 new homes while the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, County Durham, West Yorkshire and Hertfordshire could build around 20,000 homes.

Houses built in London would have the greatest value followed by Hertfordshire, the West Midlands and Tyne and Wear.   The City of London has only one allotment space recorded but on this small space over 130 houses could be built. 

However, allotments play an important role in a community particularly in cities as it provides outdoor space to relax and unwind in.  It is extremely unlikely that they would ever be used as a resource to fix our housing need.  So, if allotments cannot be used, there is a lot of brownfield and classified green belt land that could be used for more homes.  Until the government changes tactics, this land will continue to sit unused and of no use to anybody.  So the housing shortage will continue.