Supporting Welsh Food Production in Planning Policy for Wales

This document is a comprehensive look at the need for a more integrated approach to food growing, including its consideration in Planning Policy for Wales. The document was created by the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which has been consulting and supporting Community Growers in Wales since 2008. 


Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

Borth Community Gardens is an initiative to create a space for local people to grow their own food in a communal environment. The allotments and community gardens are located near St. Matthew's Church, Borth, Ceredigion. Activities on the site include gardening, work parties by locals and visiting groups, as well as Open Day events and more informal get-togethers. In addition to cultivated land, the gardens are now home to several chickens, a couple of ducks and bee hives on the community garden section.


Canllawiau ar gyfer Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig

Mae'r canllawiau hyn ar gyfer Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig fel cymdeithasau tai a all eisiau cymryd rhan mewn garddio cymunedol neu gymuned ddylunio gerddi neu randiroedd yn eu cynlluniau. Y bwriad yw fel primer i helpu Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig ddeall anghenion a manteision tyfu cymunedol ac yn tynnu ar enghreifftiau o brosiectau tyfu cymunedol presennol a arweinir gan dai ac yn egluro sut mae pob un wedi cael ei ddatblygu.


Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.


CLAS Cymru and Cae Tan on Big Lottery Blog

A case Study on the Big Lottery Fund Wales blog highlights the help and support given by the Community Land Advisory Service at Cae Tan, a community supported agriculture site on the Gower in Wales. The site was unfenced and unused for 30 years, but has become a thriving hub of community activity including a shared sheep flock, fruit share scheme and a major programme of tree planting. 


Case Study: Cae Tan

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.


Useful Link: Welsh Government - Planning

Useful information from the Welsh Government planning department including: 

  • The latest planning policy for Wales
  • Planning Guidance
  • Development Plans
  • Planning Statistics

Use the following link to access the pages: Welsh Government Planning Pages



Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.


News: Wales Planning Bill Response

CLAS Cymru has responsed to the ‘Positive Planning’ consultation document for the draft Welsh Planning Bill, suggesting ways that planning law in Wales can be improved in order to help with access to land and better development rights for valuable community growing projects.


Planning: Environmental Impact Assessment (Wales)

If you are considering a new community growing project in Wales, or expanding your current project, you may need to do an Environmental Impact Assessment, particularly if this is on previously uncultivated or semi-natural areas, or projects that physically alter rural land holdings.

Projects on uncultivated land, or semi-natural areas that increase its productivity for agriculture. The types of work covered will include



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