We have had a number of enquiries regarding how the choice of plot size now works.
There is now a ‘principle of choice’ established by the strategy whereby existing plot holders and those on the waiting list should be able to choose their plot size. Automatic halving of full plots has stopped. It is the role of the site rep to try and offer a choice of plot size wherever it is available.
Full details of the new procedures can be seen in the final strategy document on page 63. Sites will now follow slightly different procedures depending on how many plots are at that site.
Small sites are sites with less than 100 plots.
Large sites are sites with more than 100 plots.
This is a list of the ‘Large Sites’ ;
North Nevil, Eastbrook Farm, Camp Site, Craven Vale, Whitehawk Hill, Lower Roedale, Moulsecoomb Estate, Tenantry Down, Roedale Valley, The Weald.
Small Sites Procedure
Irrespective of size of plot that becomes available, the first person on the list will be offered it. If it is a full plot, and the applicant wants a full plot, it will be let as such. If the applicant wants a half plot, and there are no other half plots available, only then can the plot can be halved.
If the plot that becomes available is a half plot, and the applicant wants a half plot they can take it, but if the applicant wants a full plot they can choose to wait for a full plot to become available. Applicants should talk with the site rep to find out the likelihood of a full plot becoming available.
Large Sites Procedure
When a full plot becomes available (including previously split plots), Site Reps at Large Sites will search down the top 10 applicants to see if there is someone there who wants a full plot. If there is, then they will be let the full plot.
If only half plots are available, the list will be processed in chronological order. If an applicant would prefer a full plot, they can choose to remain at the top of the list until a full plot becomes available.
Current plot holders are also now allowed to choose to either upsize or downsize. Any current plot holder who wishes to upsize or downsize should contact the allotment officer to register their request.
You can apply to take over the other half of your plot if it becomes available as long as you do not have a history of correctly issued notices in the past 3 years and you have expressed your interest more than a year before. We therefore recommend that if you wish to upsize in the near future that you contact the allotments officer with this request as soon as possible.
If the other half of your plot does not become available, you can choose to leave your half plot and take on a new full plot elsewhere on your site subject to the same criteria as above.
Plot holders can choose to downsize, by either swopping with another tenant on their site, or if there is no other practical solution by relinquishing half their plot. Again, these requests should be made to the allotment officer.