With the recent launch of Southsea Greenhouse and the Portsmouth Food Partnership, and the city's newly-affiliated membership of the Sustainable Food Cities Network, it is clear that there is rising interest in local food production.
This is driven by a desire for healthier lifestyles, an appreciation of the wellbeing value of food growing, and a move towards more sustainable communities.
To help meet this demand the city council has improved existing allotments. Although It's difficult in a city to find areas of space available for new allotments, opportunities do exist to create innovative food-growing spaces, such as rooftop gardens and green balconies.
The draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), available below, provides guidance to developers about how to add value to their developments through the inclusion of food growing spaces. The document also provides advice to community groups on how they can create new food growing spaces in existing buildings and spaces around the city.
The SPD was approved for consultation on 23 June 2015. If you have any questions, please email us or call 023 9268 8633.