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LOCAL AUTHORITIES SAY NEW GYPSY AND TRAVELLER GUIDELINES ARE NEEDED

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Commenting on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's new guidance* on planning and enforcement for Gypsy and Tra...
Commenting on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's new guidance* on planning and enforcement for Gypsy and Traveller sites, Richard Bennett, chairman of the Local Government Association's task group on gypsy and travellers, said:

'The government's new guidelines on planning and enforcement for gypsy and traveller sites are needed to ensure the continuing quest to achieve equality of treatment for both the settled and gypsy and traveller communities.

'The new planning guidelines will now ensure that local councils are able to make accommodation needs assessments for gypsy and travellers and to provide sites where they are needed. These local solutions for local problems will ultimately benefit the whole community.

'We support the announcement of a new task group which includes the Local Government Association. Whilst the group has been set up to look at enforcement, we hope it that it will be able to assist local councils in their quest to overcome the problem of unauthorised encampments through adequate provision of sites.'

* ODPM guidance here

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