Councils’ search for traveller sites
Posted on: 4 January 2017
Local residents with land suitable and available for traveller accommodation are being encouraged to tell their council about it.
North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are putting together a list of possible sites across both districts which could accommodate the future needs of gypsies and travellers who are in the area.
The ‘call for sites’ starts on 13 January and is being carried out to identify available sites which are suitable for meeting future needs. Sites of any shape, size and location can be put forward for consideration. At the same time they are also consulting on the document which will look at how the sites are assessed.
Lead Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “This is an opportunity for individuals and landowners to put forward and suggest available land within both districts which they feel would be suitable to accommodate gypsies and travellers. Our officers have already made a start on a list but we want to make sure every possible site is considered.”
Lead Member for Housing at North Devon Council, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “We have a duty to assist people who need our help with housing, this also includes gypsies and travellers who are temporarily in the area. This piece of work will enable us to work with local residents to find the best way to look at sites to accommodate them.”
Lead Member for Housing at Torridge District Council, Councillor Cathrine Simmons, says: “The need for permanent traveller sites across the districts is fundamental to the piece of work being carried out. We want to make sure that any location is suitable, acceptable and sustainable for travellers and communities alike. The public can greatly assist us in this process and we hope that people will contribute by taking part in this consultation.”
If a site is identified it doesn’t automatically mean that it will be granted planning permission or that it will be allocated for gypsy and traveller use. All sites submitted will be assessed first to make sure they are suitable for the use and that they can be available before 2031 – this is the lifetime of the Development Plan Document (DPD) which they will be added. Once this plan has been adopted it will sit alongside the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan .
More information can be found on the council website as well as details about how to a register potential site. Registrations need to be made by 24 February 2017.Posted in: Planning