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Concerns Over Planned Expansion of Travellers' Sites in York

York

9:52am 30th April 2013

"Victoria" a mum from Dunnington has told Minster FM she's worried about plans for more travellers sites in York

She adds others in the village are fearful of the impact.

 
We've also been contacted by other people in the village and have seen e-mail exchanges between concerned locals.

41 pitches are proposed over the next six years for sites in Dunnington, near Monks Cross and at Osbaldwick.

21 additional plots will be made available for travelling show people in Elvington and Knapton.

The allocation of sites for travellers is part of York's Local Plan which the city's cabinet is set to approve today.

A York Council report states 36 pitches are needed by 2030.

Steve Waddington, City of York Council's Assistant Director - Housing & Community Safety, said: “As a responsible authority we need to ensure that we meet our statutory responsibilities to ensure the provision of delivery of homes for all our citizens, and the provision of land to facilitate this is important. The 2009 Gypsy and Traveller Area Assessment set out the need to facilitate the delivery of 36 additional pitches by 2030, this was also supported through the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which reinforced the need for safe accommodation. The Fairness Commission and Health and Equality Strategy also recognised the need for these pitches. The draft Local Plan, as might be expected, identifies these potential sites openly and publicly.”

Richard Wood, Assistant Director of City and Environmental Services, said: “The draft Local Plan document is an incredibly thorough and detailed 300-page report,  outlining the planning and development proposals for York over the next 20 to 30 years and beyond.

“We want people’s views on the detailed proposals and options as they will shape York’s future growth and development. Once Cabinet has reached a decision on 30 April we will be going out with a big eight-week consultation period starting in May. Information will be made available across the city, targeting different areas and there will be another opportunity to comment on the Local Plan before it is submitted to Government.

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