Quest for gypsy and traveller sites

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

A SEARCH has begun in Topsham and Exeter to find suitable sites for gypsies and travellers. Residents are being asked by Exeter City Council to suggest potential sites the Exeter area needs to find 30 pitches in two or three locations. People should con

A SEARCH has begun in Topsham and Exeter to find suitable sites for gypsies and travellers.Residents are being asked by Exeter City Council to suggest potential sites - the Exeter area needs to find 30 pitches in two or three locations.People should consider good locations on the highway network, safe and convenient access, and proximity to local facilities when proposing a site.Minimising environmental and landscape impact, protection of amenities, adequate levels of privacy and space, and adequate parking for residents should also be considered.Councillor Peter Wadham, Lead Councillor for Sustainable Development and Transport, said: "This is just the start of the process. "The sites identified will be evaluated before shortlisted options are put forward for further stages of consultation with the local community, interest groups and other organisations."The site search will help to meet the need identified in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy. This follows on from the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment carried out for the whole of Devon and published in 2006. Suggestions of potential sites should be accompanied by a clear OS map identifying the land. The closing date for suggestions is January 30.Suggestions should be sent to Forward Planning, Planning Services, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1NN, or by email LDF@exeter.gov.uk Further information on the gypsy and traveller site search process is available from the Council's Local Development Framework team on (01392) 265615.


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