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Herefordshire Council has adopted the Herefordshire Travellers’ Sites Development Plan.

The document, which will help fulfil the requirements for both residential and transit pitches, was discussed at a meeting of full Council last week (11 October) and confirmed via a majority vote.

The document forms part of the Local Plan and will allocate sites for a five year supply of the required number of pitches for Gypsies and Travellers, transit sites (for temporary stays and redirection from unauthorised encampments) and consider the need and approach to sites for Travelling Show people.

Extensive work and public consultation has been carried out to prepare this important document which identifies sites for a number of new pitches in order to meet the housing needs of the Gypsy and Traveller community.

A planning inspector scrutinised the DPD and all the supporting evidence, along with representations received, and public hearings were held in May 2018 and March 2019. 

The new pitches identified in the plan are located at existing local authority sites at Grafton, Lower Bullingham, Bromyard and Pembridge.  An extension to a private site near Bosbury, which has recently been granted planning permission, is also included.  A site for a temporary stopping place on the outskirts of Leominster has also been identified for travellers passing through the County.

For more information and to view the documents, please visit the Herefordshire Council website.

Published: Monday, 14th October 2019