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Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller (including Travelling Showpeople) Joint Development Plan Document

The Government now requires local authorities to plan more positively for new Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople's sites where it is shown that they are needed. As a result, all of the local authorities in Dorset are now working together to produce a Development Plan Document (DPD), which will allocate permanent and transit sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople to meet identified needs for the next 15 years.

The current timetable envisages that it will take until the end of 2016 for the Plan to be adopted. Local communities, landowners, businesses and organisations have had opportunities to have their say throughout the process.

The number of sites and pitches needed has been reviewed. The results can be found in the  Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) (September 2013, Version 2) prepared for the councils by consultants Opinion Research Services.

A first stage of consultation on possible sites was held at the end of 2011. Information about this, including a report on the results from the consultation (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) and a range of background information about the process is available.

What's happening now?

Report of consultation on additional sites: September - October 2014

During the first stage of consultation in 2011/2012, a number of additional sites with potential for use by gypsies and travellers were suggested. These have now been assessed in the same way as the original sites. The sites that satisfied the assessment criteria were the subject of a further consultation, which took place between 15 September and 24 October 2014. The sites were in three of the council areas in Dorset: East Dorset District, North Dorset District and West Dorset District.

The report of the consultation exercise Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations (including Travelling Showpeople) Joint Development Plan Document (DPD) (pdf, 528kb) (opens in a new window) is now published.

What happens next?

The results of this and the original site assessment consultation will now 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.

Who to contact

If you would like further information on the DPD project, contact the Planning Policy team at your district or borough council - see below.

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