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PROPOSED TRAVELLERS SITES IN DORSET
Councils in Dorset are working together to identify sites to meet the current and
further needs of Gypsies, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople in the area.
Dorset CPRE responded to a consultation on additional sites that took place September
- October 2014. The results of this and the original site assessment consultation
will be considered together to draw up a list of preferred sites. These will be published
for a further round of consultation in a "Pre-Submission" Plan. Additional information
on the Development Plan Document can be found on the Dorset For You website.
Dorset CPRE’s views on the local consultation held in February 2012
Dorset CPRE questioned the level of provision for the county suggested in the consultation
document. The allocation is almost double that of some neighbouring counties.
Dorset CPRE believes that any development (gipsy or otherwise) should protect Areas
of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Green Belt land
and, generally, not be outside of defined community ‘envelopes’ unless a case for
exception can be made.
Brownfield sites should take precedent for development.
A case must be made for any new building that adequately demonstrates the local infrastructure
is able to support an increase in population.
Any new development must be of good design and build quality. We do not want to see
‘second rate’ provision which will become an eyesore.
We would urge the county council’s gypsy liaison officer to investigate the use of
commercial caravan sites to accommodate short-term travellers, rather than create
new sites. Demand from the travelling community is often outside of the traditional
holiday season, typically in the autumn and early spring.
We believe that the current Dorset consultation should be delayed in view of the
Government’s ongoing discussions on the draft National Planning Policy Framework.