Traveller Development Planning document consultation reaches key stage

Winchester City Council has reached a key stage with publication of its Traveller Development Planning Document (Traveller DPD).

Local authorities are required to plan for the accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers in accordance with Government guidance. The Traveller DPD safeguards and allocates sites to meet identified traveller accommodation needs for the District - outside of the South Downs National Park. Following consultation on the draft plan during summer 2017, the Council has amended the DPD following feedback from local people. At Full Council it was agreed by members that the DPD could now be published for consultation.

Cllr Caroline Brook, Portfolio Holder for the Built Environment said:

Having consulted on a draft plan during the summer we have made a number of changes to the document in response to comments received and can now progress to the next stage which focusses on specific ‘tests’ that the local authority must meet to ensure that the document can be found ‘sound’ by a planning inspector in due course. Our traveller plan takes a pragmatic approach to identifying sites and we are pleased to be able to publish this for further consultation over the following weeks.

The consultation period starts on Monday 15 January for 6 weeks until midnight Monday 26 February 2018, for all documents and how to comment go to http://www.winchester.gov.uk/planning-policy/traveller-dpd, documents can also be inspected at the Councils’ office and in local libraries.