Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Gypsy and Traveller accommodation consultation launches

Solihull Council has taken the next step towards deciding how the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in the borough will be met.

From Wednesday 6 July – Wednesday 31 August, the Council will be consulting on an ‘Options’ paper, which will ultimately help inform a Gypsy and Travellers Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD).

The Options paper focuses on how future accommodation needs for Gypsies and Travellers will be met between 2012 and 2026, by identifying the possible ways in which pitches and sites could come forward.

This consultation also includes a ‘call for sites’, where people can suggest sites they think are suitable for Gypsies and Travellers.

The results of the consultation will help to inform the Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations DPD, which will identify sites and include planning policies and guidance for future Gypsy and Traveller development.

Councillor Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Meeting the future accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Solihull is a key issue for the Local Development Framework to address and it is important that we take into account as many local views as possible. Please take this opportunity to take part in this consultation and tell us what you think.”

The Options papers and response forms will be available at www.solihull.gov.uk and there will also be copies in all libraries, connect centres, children’s centres and area housing offices in the borough. Consultation will also take place with gypsy and traveller communities and their representatives. All responses must be received no later than Wednesday 31 August.

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