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Allotment holders win rents victory
Allotment holders in Leeds have won a legal battle against proposals to almost double the rent on their plots. Last year, Leeds City Council announced that it planned to raise the rent from £38.50 a year to £58 in 2014 …
Allotment holders in Leeds have won a legal battle against proposals to almost double the rent on their plots.
Last year, Leeds City Council announced that it planned to raise the rent from £38.50 a year to £58 in 2014 and £72 in 2016.
Leeds and District Allotment Gardeners Federation (LDAGF) challenged the rise through a judicial review and a High Court ruling on 5 August found that the council’s decision to increase the rents was unlawful.
L&DAGF represents around 50 local self-governing allotment sites, about half of all sites in the Leeds area, and also has members on city council-controlled sites.
Its secretary Judy Turley said: “The case was not brought lightly by the federation, but unfortunately efforts to engage Leeds City Council in meaningful discussions were not successful and we felt there was no option but to resort to the judicial review process.
“The federation has worked with Leeds City Council since 1917 and has enjoyed a good co-operative working relationship. We look forward to recommencing that relationship with Leeds City Council to continue to develop the management and provision of allotments in Leeds.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We will now be considering an appeal, while assessing the judge’s comments and bringing a report back to our September executive board.”
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