Inspectors support plans for more gypsy sites

AN independent panel of planning inspectors has backed a plan that will force every local authority in the region to provide extra space for gypsies and travellers. They supported the East of England Regional Assembly's draft policy, which will see every

AN independent panel of planning inspectors has backed a plan that will force every local authority in the region to provide extra space for gypsies and travellers.

They supported the East of England Regional Assembly's draft policy, which will see every council provide at least 15 additional residential pitches by 2011.

The only exceptions are Stevenage and Watford, which need to plan just 10 more pitches, while St Albans also saw its number reduced.

In Times Territory, it means Welwyn Hatfield will have to cater for 17 pitches, while Hertsmere has been earmarked for 18 more.


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The planning inspectors' report will now be considered by Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears. A final policy is expected to be published next summer.

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