Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908


The Small Holdings and  Allotments_Act_1908 (8 Edw. 7. Ch 36.) repealed and consolidated the legislation of 1887, 1890 and 1907. It was notable for making the following provisions (many of which still apply):

    • Should the council be of the opinion that there is a demand for allotments by the labouring population, but they cannot be obtained at a reasonable rent by voluntary arrangement, then the council shall provide and let allotments.
    • Where six registered voters or ratepayers request the provision of allotments, the council has a duty to respond.
    • Where the council cannot acquire land by agreement (to purchase or lease), land may be acquired compulsorily (in accordance with the provisions of the Act relating to compulsory acquisition of land).
    • The price for land should not be more than can ‘reasonably be expected to be recouped out of the rents obtained in respect thereof’ (Small Holdings and Allotments Act, 1908).

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