Saturday, 11 May 2013

Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan Consultation


Central Bedfordshire Council’s Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan is due to be open for public consultation on Monday, 20 May.
The draft Plan, which includes a recommended ‘short-list’ of sites for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, will be open for consultation until Monday, 1 July.
Copies of the documents will be available on CBC website and at council offices and libraries.
Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities (Strategic Planning and Economic Development) said: "Our Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan has provoked some strong reactions and the ‘short-list’ of sites has certainly caused considerable debate. It’s important that we try to meet the housing needs of all our local communities – yet we also want to fully understand the potential impact of our proposals. The upcoming consultation is the best opportunity for you to have your say on it."
Anyone who has written or emailed already, should do so again via the questionnaire from the 20th.  The Council are hoping that the questionnaire will give the freedom to say what anyone wants, using the guidelines which are necessary to make it suitable for assessment by the Planning Inspector. The public will also have the opportunity to ask to make a verbal representation to the Planning Inspector, who will be given all the comments made as part of the consultation.
All submissions made as part of this upcoming consultation will be provided to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to examine the Plan and process. A public examination will follow in early 2014 after which the Planning Inspector will make his final ruling - either to support the Plan or ask the council to look at it again.
Updates will be posted to the Gypsy and Traveller pages of CBC's website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/gypsytravellerplan