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Travellers: Caravan Sites

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 3892, tabled on 15 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local and traveller communities are consulted on the designation of traveller transit sites.

Answered on

24 January 2020

Local planning authorities are required to engage a wide section of the community in preparing local plans that designate new traveller transit sites. To support plan-making, the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites is clear that local authorities should pay particular attention to early and effective community engagement with both settled and traveller communities.

Where planning applications are submitted, there are opportunities for views to be expressed and influence decisions on proposals for future development. In reaching a decision, a council must take these views into account alongside the local plan and all other relevant considerations.