Sixty traveller pitches identified

RUDGWICK, Barns Green, Coneyhurst and Dial Post are among the potentially suitable sites for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople identified by Horsham District Council.

The council commissioned a study to find possible sites which was published this week revealing 13 possible locations, some new or with personal or temporary planning permission and some unauthorised sites that have been ‘tolerated’.

There is a recognised need to provide appropriate sites and the council said: “This work has taken on increased importance with planning applications coming forward across the district and the publication of draft government policy which suggests planning authorities will have to show a five year supply of traveller sites, in the same way they do for housing.”

A presentation explaining the findings was made by the consultants, Baker Associates, to a council meeting on November 8.

“It is important for people to be aware that the identification of the sites in this study does not mean that they are ‘allocated’ or will necessarily be given planning permission,” the council said.

“Horsham District Council will now use the study findings to inform work on the preparation of a strategy for the provision of sites for gypsy, travellers and travelling showpeople as well as a document that allocates individual sites.

“The council is committed to engagement with both local settled communities and the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople community and will continue to liaise with key interest groups throughout the process.

“The study will be used to inform a gypsy, traveller and travelling showpeople site allocation document, which will be prepared next year and will be the subject of several stages of public consultation.”

Find out where the potential sites are in tomorrow’s County Times.