Press release: Basildon Borough Council is calling on people in the borough to come forward with land they own or know of that could potentially provide a traveller site.
The Council has employed consultants Peter Brett Associates to carry out a land availability assessment to identify sites across the Basildon Borough to help meet the needs of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople.
The council is asking for any information about any potential sites that may be suitable and available for Gypsy, Traveller or Travelling Showpeople uses.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Cllr Richard Moore, cabinet member for planning"]As part of the Government’s Planning Policy for Travellers the council has to identify potential sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople as part of the Local Plan process. The benefits of doing this are that in the future we will be in a much stronger position to enforce against unauthorised sites because we will be able to show that we have made every effort to find suitable sites. I would like to also make it clear that this is an exercise to establish if and where there are potential sites and each one brought forward will go through a rigorous process to assess its suitability.[/quote]
The Council is most interested in hearing about new potential sites, although it would also like to know about any existing Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople sites where there is potential for intensification or extension.
Potential sites will be assessed for their suitability by Peter Brett Associates and included in a land availability report and database for the council to inform its Local Planning Authority responsibilities.
The Call for Sites starts on Monday 1st September 2014 and will end at 5pm, Monday 13th October 2014.