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Concern Over Proposed Traveller Site In Dunnington


7:37am 9th May 2013

People in Dunnington voice concerns over plans for a new fifteen pitch travellers' site.

Last night it was suggested the parish council could buy the land to stop that happening.

We asked Councillor Jenny Brooks if that was realistic.

The city council says it has a duty to provide homes to everyone.

Steve Waddington, 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. 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."

A consultation on York's Local Plan is expected to start at the end of the month.

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