Planning Policy Guide

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  Thursday, 06-Mar-2008

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Planning Policy Guide



Local Authorities can now make use of new 'Temporary Stop' notices to stop unauthorised gypsy and traveller sites in problem locations from being further developed, under provisions in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which came into force on 7 March.

Under the 2004 Housing Act and new draft planning guidance, local authorities are also required to assess the level of need for gypsy and traveller sites in their areas and identify appropriate land where needed in their Development Plans. Funding will be provided from 2006/7 through the regional housing board for councils and housing associations to establish new sites and until then through the Gypsy Site Refurbishment Grant Fund. A new Traveller and Gypsy Unit will be set up within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to help local authorities in meeting their obligations.

The ODPM is additionally looking at further ways to increase accommodation in appropriate locations and to speed up and improve enforcement against inappropriate sites, particularly in the Green Belt.

Circular 02/2005 gives guidance on the temporary stop notice provisions.

See also Circular 02/2005

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