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Extra Meetings On Proposed Travellers' Site in Dunnington

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1:34pm 15th May 2013

Extra public meetings are being held in Dunnington on Thursday regarding the proposed travellers' site by the village.

A ward meeting on Monday 8th and two parish council meetings last night were both filled and the parish council claims hundreds of people had to be turned away.

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 is going to out to a public consultation for eight weeks from the 5th June.

The additional meetings in the village will take place at the Reading Room in Dunnington on Thursday 16th May at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

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.

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