Notice letter to all tenants 27 March 2024

Notes to allotment notice letter March 2024
Draft allotment tenancy agreement 2025

Council committee reports about allotments 2023/24

Allotment rent review at Policy Committee 11 March 2024

Allotment update report to Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee January 2023

Allotment update report to Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee July 2023

We have 20 allotment sites spread throughout the borough. There are waiting lists for each of the sites ranging from currently vacant up to 10 years, depending on which site you request.

The average wait shown in the table is provided for guide purposes only, it reflects the amount of time the individual at the top of the waiting list has currently been waiting.

We offer concessionary rates on allotments through Your Reading Passport

Woodley Town Council run the Reading Road allotment site.

Allotment request form

In January 2023 HNL Committee approved changes to allotment waiting list processes. Applicants may now only apply for three preferred sites. Each site now has a catchment area. Each site has three Bands of applicants, Band A having highest priority. Within each band, the Date of Application determines the priority order.

BAND A – Reading Borough residents that live within chosen site’s catchment area.

BAND B – Reading Borough residents that do not live within the chosen site’s catchment area.

BAND C – Non-Reading Borough Residents*.

(*Bulmershe site is out of Borough and has a different catchment area and bandings. Woodley and Earley residents are treated as Band B at Bulmershe site)

Catchment areas are currently based on postcode areas. They will be based on Electoral Wards in due course.

The purposes of these changes are

  • To reduce travel distance to sites. This will reduce traffic-related pollution and congestion. Also, local plotholders are more likely they are to cultivate their plots properly.
  • To give priority to Reading Borough residents over those from out of Borough. RBC tax-payers pay allotment rent and their Council Tax to RBC.  

How do these changes affect my position on the waiting list?

You live in RG4 and are on the waiting list for Goddards Farm (in RG2). You are now in Band B for Goddards Farm, but will also move to Band A for sites in RG4.  

You live in West Berkshire and are on Reading Borough waiting lists. You are now Band C for Reading Borough’s allotments. You are now less likely to rent a plot from Reading Borough Council unless overall demand for plots drops considerably.

You live in Woodley/Earley and are on the Bulmershe and other sites’ waiting lists. You now fall into Band B for the Bulmershe site and Band C for all other Reading Borough sites.

Allotment sites

(updated on 9 November 2022)

Site Location Number on waiting list Average wait
Ardler Road Ardler Road, Caversham 121 3 years 2 months
Ashampstead Road Ashampstead Road, Southcote 78 5 years
Balmore Hemdean Road, Caversham 167 5 years
Bulmershe Church Road, Earley 138 4 years 1 month
Caversham Court St Peter’s Hill, Caversham 228 13 years 5 months
Circuit Lane Fawley Road, Southcote 92 2 years 1 month
Coley Park Lesford Road, Coley 90 2 years 8 months
Emmer Green Grove Road, Emmer Green 162 5 years 10 months
George Street off Great Knollys Street 83 1 years 10 months
Goddard’s Farm Hartland Road 86 2 years 1 month
Henley Road off Chiltern Road, Caversham 122 3 years 8 months
Lower Southcote Brunel Road, Southcote 74 1 years 9 months
Meadway off Tilehurst Road, Tilehurst 101 3 years 2 months
Mockbeggar Whiteknights Road 93 4 years 1 month
Newcastle Road Whitley 83 2 years 11 months
Oakley Road Caversham 149 6 years 10 months
Oak Tree Road Tilehurst 126 2 years 11 months
Scours Lane off Oxford Road 130 1 years 8 months
Victoria Road Caversham 107 5 years
Waterloo Meadows off Elgar Road 173 3 years 5 months
Last updated on 26/03/2024