Last few weeks for traveller site consultation
Posted on: 2 February 2017
A consultation to find land suitable and available for traveller accommodation across North Devon and Torridge is entering its final weeks.
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’ 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: “We are now half way through the call for sites. We have received some responses so far, but we want to make sure we have as wide a variety of sites across the two districts as possible. Any site can be considered so don’t hesitate to put forward your suggestion.”
Lead Member for Housing at North Devon Council, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “It’s important that we cater as best we can for as many people as possible who need housing and this piece of work is vital to us achieving this. We want to hear from as many people as possible in our consultation with suggestions of potential sites and with their views on how the sites should be assessed.”
Lead Member for Planning at Torridge Council, Councillor Pete Watson, says: “We want to make sure this review takes into account as many views as possible and give people the opportunity to be involved right from the start in any decisions that are made. Its not too late to take part and we would encourage anyone with a view to get in touch.”
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) within which they will be identified. 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