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Guide Gypsy and traveller plan

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1. Gypsy and Traveller Site SPD Consultation

We have produced a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) relating to ‘Gypsy and Traveller Site Design and Layout’.

Previous work focussed on production of a Development Plan Document (DPD) which would identify and allocate sites for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation need.  Considerable research and consultation was undertaken to inform the initial production of the DPD but, despite several calls for sites and direct approaches to potential landowners, very few potential sites were put forward for consideration so the focus of work has moved whilst further sites are sought.

In the meantime, SPD is needed to inform the determination of any planning applications for Gypsy and Traveller sites which are received by the District Council.  The SPD is based on Government guidance and research, work already undertaken for the DPD, and on the best practice experience of our own and neighbouring Local Authorities.

The SPD adds detail to Policy H7 of the East Devon Local Plan (which sets out criteria against which new sites/site extensions will be considered , which was itself subject to SEA and HRA).  The SPD does not determine WHERE new sites will be permitted, it provides guidance on the size, layout and design of new/additional pitches on Gypsy and Traveller sites to ensure that they provide a high quality environment which meets residents basic requirements.

You are invited to make comments on the draft Gypsy and Traveller Site Design and Layout Supplementary Planning Guidance and any of the documents that support it as listed below:

The feedback we receive on this draft document will be used to inform any subsequent revisions.

You can comment:

by email at            localplan@eastdevon.gov.uk

or by post to:        Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, The Knowle, Station Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL

All comments should be received by Tuesday 15 November 2016 so that they can be taken into account before the next stage.  Comments will be available to view on our website.  Respondents names and addresses are not confidential.