Call for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites
Members of the public are being asked to submit sites within Gloucestershire that could be used for Gypsy, Traveller or Travelling Showpeople accommodation.
The government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2012) requires councils to identify and update annually a supply of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople residential sites.
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Following a Gloucestershire Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment carried out by independent consultants, the councils in Gloucestershire are now working to identify sites to meet the identified need.
Members of the local community, landowners and organisations are invited to put forward sites for assessment within Gloucestershire between Monday, 12 August and Friday, 20 September.
Once a site has been submitted, its potential will be assessed against specific criteria.
Importantly if a site is identified, it does not automatically imply that planning permission would be granted or that it will be allocated as a Gypsy, Traveller or Travelling Showpeople site within the area's development plan.
City Council Leader, said: "This process is something we are required to carry out by Government. We have had a site for travelling showpeople in Gloucester for many years at Alney Island and they are an important community within the city. We know from working with this community that finding suitable additional sites within our boundaries is very difficult.
"However, it is important that people are given the opportunity to suggest sites for inclusion in our City Plan and in the Joint Core Strategy we are working on with Cheltenham and Tewkesbury."
A submission form can be downloaded from the JCS website (www.gct-jcs.org/) and once it is filled in, it can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to the Planning Policy department at Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.
Submissions must be accompanied by an OS map, which highlights the boundaries of the site.