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Traveller Sites

An unpalatable truth? “People don’t want Traveller Sites”

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By Ben Chastney |  January 27, 2017 |

That statement “people don’t want Traveller Sites” seems to get thrown around far too often.  It is reductive, includes questionable assumptions and misdirects us from addressing Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs sensibly.  I heard it again when on local news the other week, reminding me that I think this phrase, or version of, it was posed almost every time I have engaged with the media.  That is telling and demonstrates why and where the debate is consistently going wrong.

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Winners and losers in the English Planning system

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By Ben Chastney |  August 25, 2015 |

Visiting a potential site location in Hunslet
The planning inspector visits a site application location in hunslet, Leeds. The application was refused.

Our colleagues at Traveller Movement have just released some figures, gleaned from the Department of Communities and Local Government, about the success or otherwise of planning applications for Gypsy and Traveller sites.

The figures make for interesting, if disappointing, reading. The data confirms what many of us had already suspected; that Gypsy and Traveller applications face a disproportionately tougher time in the planning process. The complete data set from DCLG can be found here; and the report from Traveller Movement here

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New Traveller Sites? We need your views

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By Ben Chastney |  August 7, 2015 |

Leeds Town Hall owlIn mid-September Leeds City Council will be consulting on their plan for future Gypsy and Traveller sites. In simple terms there are two key parts to it; a public and a private. We will be looking for members’ opinions on either or both of these.

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Living next to a Traveller Site – Really so bad?

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By Ben Chastney |  May 18, 2015 |

Traveller SiteMost Councils, Leeds included, have a recognised unmet need for Traveller sites.  Put simply they need to build more (and approve more private sites) and this needs to happen sooner rather than later.  This brings us back again to question of how we approach the whole issue and indeed attitudes towards Gypsy and Traveller sites.  There is a key question, which we cannot and should not shy away of posing; why are they really so bad?

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Mr Pickles passionate prejudice fails to impress

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By Helen Jones |  March 27, 2015 |

Traveller siteWe hear this week that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has finally made his decision in respect of Leeds City Council's application to extend the Cottingley Springs local authority Gypsy and Traveller site on Geldard Road, Leeds.  He has refused the application.

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