The Council is no longer producing a separate Gypsy & Traveller DPD. The preparatory work already undertaken for the Gypsy & Traveller DPD will now be used to inform the preparation of the Local Plan rather than a separate DPD.
On 28 March 2014, the Local Plan and its supporting documents were submitted for independent examination to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate.
Information on what happens next is set out on the Local Plan webpage.
Public consultation on the general approach for selecting site options for Gypsy & Traveller pitches was undertaken from October to November 2006 (Issues & Options 1). Public consultation on site options for Gypsy & Traveller pitches and Travelling Showpeople plots and draft planning policies was undertaken from July to October 2009 (Issues & Options 2).
The representations received are available to view using the online consultation system. [Instructions on how to view them are available on the website.]
The consultation results were reported to the New Communities Portfolio Holder Meeting on 14 December 2010, along with proposed responses to the issues raised. The Portfolio Holder agreed all the recommendations contained in the report.
A further report providing an update on the current progress of the DPD was discussed at the New Communities Portfolio Holder Meeting on 8 March 2011.
The decision to no longer produce a separate Gypsy & Traveller DPD was made at the Northstowe & New Communities Portfolio Holder Meeting on 25 January 2012. The preparatory work already undertaken for the Gypsy & Traveller DPD will now be used to inform the preparation of the Local Plan rather than a separate DPD.
An initial Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (GTANA) calculating need between 2005 and 2010 was published in 2006 and an update to this assessment calculating need between 2011 and 2031 was published in 2011.
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