Yesterday MPs debated the current gypsy and traveller policy with opportunity to raise local and/or national issues. It is an interesting debate reflecting many issues that we have seen locally. It is 1.5hrs long, but finishes with a response from a the government minister Nick Bowles.
The debate was moved by Andrew Selous, Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire.
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Policy E of the Planning policy for traveller sites states
Inappropriate development is harmful to the Green Belt and should not be
approved, except in very special circumstances. Traveller sites (temporary or
permanent) in the Green Belt are inappropriate development
Planning Policy Guidance 2: Green belts
From the Department for Communities and Local Government: Annex E
Gypsy Sites (from of DOE Circular )
“As a rule it will not be appropriate to make provision for gypsy sites in areas of open land where development is severely restricted, for example, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and other protected areas. Gypsy sites are not regarded as being among those uses of land which are normally appropriate in Green Belts. Green Belt land should not therefore be allocated for gypsy sites in development plans.”
Since May 2010 the Government has made several policy announcements relating to Gypsies. The
Localism Bil is one part of it.
The Localism Bill will abolish Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS). RSS were the means by which local authorities made adequate provision for Gypsy sites their revocation occurred on 6 July 2010.
The future of our communities are in our hands and we urge everyone to ensure that we do not let others outside of our community decide our future and possibly change the face and character of our neighbourhood for the worse and forever.
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