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Scrutiny

Gypsy and Traveller Sites

Preferred sites

On 29 October 2012 the Scrutiny Committee identified five preferred sites from the 11 sites that were subject to consultation.

Download and view the Policy and Review Group report (pdf) to the Scrutiny Committee for Community Planning and Development on 29 October 2012.

 

The Scrutiny Committee's recommendation was endorsed by Cabinet on 12 November 2012, at which Cabinet requested that officers undertake a detailed site appraisal of all 11 sites to provide further information on their deliverability.

 

The results of this site appraisal are due to be reported back to the Scrutiny Committee in April 2013, and then to Cabinet in May 2013.

 

Next steps

It is intended that the Gypsy and Traveller sites will be inserted into the Local Development Plan (LDP), to replace the sites shown in the current Deposit Local Development Plan.

A Revised Deposit Local Development Plan was presented to Full Council on 4 June 2013 to seek approval to go out to consultation and consultation started on the Revised Deposit LDP from 13 June 2013.

Read more about the LDP consultation.

Background

Sites had to be found to provide accommodation for Gypsy and Traveller families already living in the city and for those passing through to fulfil the council’s legal and planning responsibilities.

Both residential and transit sites had to be identified in the council’s Local Development Plan.

Read more about why Gypsy and Traveller sites were needed.

The review process

A cross-party project team was set up by the Scrutiny Committee for Community Planning and Development after it agreed to re-examine the issue of where to locate Gypsy and Traveller accommodation.

As part of this review, the project team asked the public for suggestions for potential gypsy and traveller sites resulting in a total of 33 responses.

These suggestions were included in a long list of more than 220 locations.

The project team carefully examined each site against a list of detailed and clear criteria drawn up from the following publications:

Sites were assessed against a full list of criteria including:

  • C1/C2 flood risk areas
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest / conservation areas
  • Green wedge / green belt
  • Hazards on site
  • Existing use (e.g. local amenity, environmental space)
  • Proximity to local facilities (health services, schools, shops)
  • Vehicular access to site
  • Privacy
  • Public transport links
  • For transit sites, proximity to major roads (A48/A449)

Councillors on the project team were committed to taking a "common sense approach" to this process and have taken into account their local knowledge of the area as well as the full list of criteria.

Councillors visited all sites identified as potentially suitable against the criteria, before agreeing a list for consultation.

As it was unlikely that any site would fit all of the criteria outlined above, the most suitable sites were shortlisted and councillors took into consideration the degree to which certain factors could be mitigated against.

Not all these sites would be required and the team were seeking the public’s opinion on 11 possible sites.

The number of pitches that could be accommodated on each site varied but ranged from four to less than 20.

Views were sought on these sites:

The consultation period closed on 4 October 2012.

Download a document showing comments on the 11 sites (pdf) following the Overview and Scrutiny Committee final meeting.

Download details of visited sites (pdf) including the reasons why the majority were felt to be unsuitable.

Download a spreadsheet detailing the long list of over 220 sites (pdf) that were initially considered.

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