News - Gypsy and Traveller Consultation Report

NEW - 23rd October 2012 // UPDATED - 21st July 2014

UPDATED - 21st July 2014

Eight potential sites for gypsy and traveller camps across Dorset will be subject to a public consultation

Consultation on eight potential Dorset traveller sites - BBC News Item 17th July 2014

NEW - 23rd October 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
22nd October 2012
RE: Gypsy and Traveller Consultation Report


Firstly thank you for your recent call, we have had 11 months of sheer hell in Muscliff, much down to failure of Bakers not undertaking a detailed research into the sites within the Green Belt, more so Erlin Farm not owned by the local authority, but a tenancy agreement between the head landlord and council as tenants, it is a working farm as the evidence one has collected has shown, it being grade 1 Agricultural land and is a working farm, and NOT as so indicated "deemed available", this alone should have been rejected at stage one, well, we know why it was not, it was due to a cock-up by a former officer who failed to tick the right boxes.

The last 11 months have been hell for so many families who have been unable to sell their properties, besides the enormous pressure it has put on ward members.

Last week at LDF you gave me much support, for that I was extremely grateful, over the past years we have both served on LDF, your support to retain the Green Belt has been again appreciated, so this announcement for both my colleague Cllr Anne and myself our colleagues in the adjoining ward, is so welcome, as for Central ward, how could anyone ever have suggested Lansdowne road [Coach house place] as a suitable transit site, being within close other to residential homes, madness beyond words.

John your statement will be warmly welcome by residents of our town, none more so in Throop and Muscliff.

Thank you,
Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council to Bournemouth Councillors
22nd October 2012
Gypsy and Traveller Consultation Report

Dear Colleagues

As you may already know, Bournemouth's all party Local Development Framework Steering Group met last week and the issue of the Gypsy and Traveller Consultation Report was discussed.

I now understand that Dorset County Council has put out a joint press release today on the report.

For clarity, this afternoon I have confirmed to the media that the Bournemouth Council position is as follows:-

'Bournemouth remains committed to the Joint Development Planning Document (DPD) process. However, having considered the nature and number of responses presented in Peter Brett Associates (formerly Bakers Associates) final report on the Issues and Options Public Consultation regarding the four sites identified in Bournemouth, it is clear that for sound planning reasons none of these are appropriate to be taken forward to later stages of the DPD process. For that reason, therefore, I can indicate that the sites included in the earlier consultation exercise, namely land near Erlin Farm, Careys Road, Throop Road and Park Road, will not be subject to further consideration and will not therefore appear in later stages of the DPD process. I hope that this will put at rest the minds of those residents who have understandably been expressing concern at these proposals.

I am aware that other sites were suggested by the public as part of the consultation process. However from our knowledge of Bournemouth and the borough-wide analysis undertaken by Bakers, it is very unlikely that a suitable alternative site will be forthcoming.'

Councillor John Beesley
Leader of Bournemouth Council