Council stages gypsy and traveller sites consultation exhibition at Leisure Centre

Gypsy and Traveller Sites

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is today (Tuesday) staging an exhibition in Bradley Stoke about proposed plans for the provision of gypsy and traveller sites in the district.

Independent consultants have determined that there is a need for an additional 53 permanent residental pitches and 25 transient pitches in South Gloucestershire.

The government believes that there is an urgent need to meet this shortfall by 2011 and has told the Council to produce a new plan called a Development Plan Document (DPD), which will identify land where pitches can be developed.

The exhibition is part of a public consultation exercise on the Council’s recently published ‘Gypsy and Traveller Sites: Towards Preferred Options’ document, a precursor to the full DPD that will be submitted to central government in November 2009.

One of the 17 sites suggested in the current document is at Northwood Park, Old Gloucester Road, Winterbourne [map], just over the M4 motorway from Bradley Stoke, where it is suggested that the existing Council-owned site could be extended to include a further ten residental pitches and two transient pitches.

A further suggestion is for a new privately-owned site at Curtis Lane, Stoke Gifford [map], where two residental pitches and one transient pitch might be provided.

The exhibition is open from 2:30pm to 7pm at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Fiddlers Wood Lane.

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