Sites for gipsies and travellers

Sites for gipsies and travellers

Sites for gipsies and travellers

First published in Letters

IT is national policy that as part of the local plan we are required to identify a five year land supply for the provision of gipsy and travellers and travelling show people sites.

As part of a sub regional and pan Cheshire approach we have jointly commissioned a gipsy and travellers needs assessment to establish the need across the sub region and Cheshire East have also engaged an independent external consultant to undertake a site identification study to establish suitable sites across the authority.

The report is in its final stages and no decision has yet been taken. Once a suitable list of sites has been established, the report will form part of the Local Plan evidence base and will be available to the public.

It is a very difficult discussion around traveller sites and we are being very sensitive to this. I am pleased we have received numerous sites from the private sector and these have been examined.

Once the report has been published a clear debate will be undertaken and through the planning process, consultation with stakeholders and the public will be undertaken.

Clr Michael Jones Leader, Cheshire East Counci

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