News - Gypsy and Traveller Site Consultation, Bournemouth

29th September 2011 - updated 14th October 2011 - updated 17th November 2011 - updated 21st November 2011 - updated 5th December 2011 - updated 19th December 2011 - update 3rd February 2012

Update - 3rd February 2012

Here is a link to the Local Throop Muscliff Strouden Townsend Holdenhurst Area Forum Meeting held on 2nd February 2012

Minutes Item 4 - Forum 2nd February 2012
Gypsy and Traveller Sites Consultation

Dorset Wide Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Joint Development Plan Document
Issues and Options

Update - 19th December 2011

E-mails can be sent to planning@bournemouth.gov.uk or alternatively letters/petitions to:
Planning Policy, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA

Update - 5th December 2011

TMSTH Area Forum - guidance on the criteria for selecting sites

Update - 17th November 2011

Letter to Residents - Gypsies' and Travellers' Sites in the Green Belt - Consultation 12 Weeks : 'Have Your Say'

Update - 21st November 2011

Bakers Associates are holding four public exhibitions in Bournemouth to give residents an opportunity to find out more and give feedback. These take place on:

  • Monday 5 December - Townsend. Visit anytime between 3.30-7.30pm at Bournemouth Learning Centre, Jewell Road.
  • Friday 9 December - Muscliff. Visit any time between 2pm and 7pm at Muscliff Community Centre, Shillingstone Drive.
  • Tuesday 13 December - Bournemouth. Visit anytime between 3pm-7pm at Bournemouth Library, The Triangle.

For further information including "roadshow" dates and consultation forms, go to:-

www.bournemouth.gov.uk/travellers

Have your say: finding sites in Dorset for Gypsies and Travellers

Media release: Consultation begins on proposed Gypsy and Traveller sites in Bournemouth

Consultation begins on proposed Gypsy and Traveller sites in Bournemouth

Bournemouth residents are urged to have their say as a public consultation gets underway on proposed Gypsy and Traveller sites in the borough.

Consultants, Bakers Associates, appointed by all Dorset councils, have identified a number of potential sites across the whole of Dorset in order to meet the current and future needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. Bakers Associates have identified four locations that they think could be suitable in Bournemouth.

  • 10 transit pitches on land off Park Road, Lansdowne (bordering the Wessex Way and public car park off Lansdowne Road).
  • Three residential pitches on green belt land near Erlin Farm, Muscliffe Lane.
  • Five residential pitches on green belt land at Careys Road, off Broadway Lane.
  • Eight residential pitches on green belt land on the edge of urban development at Throop Road, between Woodbury Avenue and the allotments.

The public consultation takes place from Friday 18 November 2011 and residents, local businesses and other interest groups have until Friday 10 February 2012 to give their feedback on the suitability of the sites.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities and Planning, Bournemouth Borough Council, said: "It is important to remember that these options are being suggested by Baker Associates, as part of the work that all Dorset councils have commissioned them to do, in order to comply with our existing legal duties. The sites in Bournemouth are not endorsed by us as a Council. However, Government is insisting that we consult with our residents on the suitability of these sites for gypsy and traveller accommodation. I can certainly give assurances that we will listen very carefully to what our residents have to say."

Bakers Associates will be holding four public exhibitions in Bournemouth to provide residents with the opportunity to find out more information and give their feedback. These take place on:

  • Monday 5 December - 3.30pm-7.30pm at Bournemouth Learning Centre, Jewell Road, Townsend
  • Friday 9 December - 2pm-7pm at Muscliff Community Centre, Shillingstone Drive, Muscliff
  • Tuesday 13 December - 3pm-7pm at Bournemouth Library, The Triangle.
  • A fourth exhibition will take place in the Lansdowne area of Bournemouth in the new year - date and venue tbc

Consultation forms will be available at all Bournemouth libraries or alternatively, feedback can be given via an online form. More information can be found at: www.bournemouth.gov.uk/travellers

All feedback from the consultation will be considered by Bakers Associates before a revised shortlist is published later next year.

Update - 14th October 2011

Report and Appendices together with a copy of the Local Development Framework Steering Group minutes

C Public Consultation Exercise for the Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller - Site Allocations Joint Development Plan Document - Appendix Leaflet

C Public Consultation Exercise for the Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller - Site Allocations Joint Development Plan - Appendix

C Public Consultation Exercise for the Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller - Site Allocations Joint Development Plan - Document

Local Development Framework Steering Group Minutes October 2011

Traveller Site Consultation

Councillor Anne Rey and Ron Whittaker's statement to legal services. Following many representations coming from residents.

Many questions have arisen as to how this authority have now got themselves into this position. More so, over the years, members have been united in saying that Bournemouth just does not have that type of land available for any permanent or transit sites. Any such land in Bournemouth will always be within built up areas, unlike many of our neighbours, who do enjoy brownfield sites away from main residential areas and roads, etc.

Now, having said that, I wish here, firstly to challenge as to how these consultants arrived at their decision on the two residential pitches within the green belt, both sites being protected under present day legislation. Yes, I am aware of "exceptional circumstances", but clearly this does not apply here.

Erlin farm. We are told 3 residential on green belt land near Erlin Farm. The farm's estate has a very long, and yes complicated, history. Erlin Farm, and others within this conservation area of the green belt, is where the land is leased from South coast land society. Other areas of farmland are leased from Wimpey homes, and Standborough developers. Bournemouth has a very small section opposite 225/227. The reason I tell you this, is that these consultants have not made, it seems, any contact with Leisure services, as any tenancy agreement with whomever it may concern, has restrictions on what it can do with regards to lands and houses. That being, residential pitch sites on Agricultural land is not one of them.

Secondly, AS FOR Careys road, 5 residential pitches again on green belt. I found out today that the land in question, being on the corner section of Careys road, is owned by highways, and forms the line of the Castle lane Relief road. At present, this land is under a one-year grazing license for a lovely Shetland pony, with the lady concerned paying for extensive fencing, and the land being put to great family /animal use. It is also adjacent to the Jewish cemetery.

I also wish to point out that no formal talks/ consultations took place with the two primary schools in the area, both schools being oversubscribed. Hence why Muscliff Primary has gone into a three form entry, with Epiphany having, again, a long waiting list. Surely, any form of choosing sites has to take into account local feeder schools, and pupil numbers, where in other parts of the borough pupil numbers are down. None of this makes any common sense. These consultants clearly have not done any homework. In other words, they have not done a proper, detailed consultation to arrive at the two sites in MUSCLIFF/ THROOP. And, as I understand, it paid £10,000 as the share from Bournemouth contribution.

Yes, I am fully aware of the argument about the core strategy and soundness, but to get to any point of deciding on sites, that decision then should be based on FACTS, which this report, it seems, does not.

I DO FULLY APPRECIATE THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME AFTER CABINET GOING OUT TO CONSULTATION. AND NO DECISION IS GOING TO BE MADE THIS YEAR. BUT, IN THE MEANTIME, ONE HOPES, THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE WILL INTERVENE, AS BOURNEMOUTH JUST CANNOT FIND LAND THAT WILL ALLOW SUCH SITES WITHIN THIS BOROUGH.

Councillor Ron Whittaker