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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Give your views on plan for Traveller sites

Have your say on an important document that will guide West Lancashire Borough Council on how it should deal with the needs of Travellers for sites.

West Lancashire Borough Council is required by national planning policy to seek to meet within the Borough, the needs of the travelling community by the identification of appropriately located sites. 

A Provision for Travellers Sites Development Plan Document is being put together by the Council which names three sites it has identified as ‘preferred options’ for accommodating the needs of the travelling community, and the potential number of pitches on each site. The document also includes a draft policy to assess planning applications for Traveller accommodation and sites, and a list of potential sites across the Borough that were considered and assessed as to their suitability for Traveller sites but which have not ultimately been identified as one of the preferred options.

The Council want to hear your views on the draft document during a public consultation which will run from Thursday 3 December 2015 to Friday 29 January 2016.  For information on how to share your views on this important document with the Council please visit travellers or call the Council on 01695 585274. The webpage will go live on Thursday 3 December 2015.

Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “We know that the issue of sites for the travelling community can be emotive and controversial. But this Council has a legislative requirement to undertake this exercise and to seek to meet within West Lancashire, the identified need. I would emphasise that no final decisions have been made on any sites and the consultation exercise provides residents with a chance to give their views.”

After extensive research by the Council the following three sites have been nominated as preferred options:

  • Sugar Stubbs Lane, North Meols. This is currently occupied by Travellers, and has permission for one caravan. It is considered suitable for permanent Traveller accommodation and the Council believes it has a potential for two more pitches.
  • Pool Hey Caravan Park, Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick. This site is currently occupied by Travellers. It is also considered suitable for permanent Traveller accommodation and the Council believes it has a potential for a total of five pitches.
  • Land west of The Quays, Burscough, currently with permission for 10 Travelling Showpeople plots, considered suitable as a Travelling Showpeople site.

Even with these sites the Council is still unable to meet its full need for accommodating travellers.  If you have any suggestions for potential sites, please make your suggestions through the consultation process.

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