Report due on traveller sites in Malvern - The Malvern Observer

Report due on traveller sites in Malvern

Malvern Editorial 4th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

A REVIEW into the availability of gypsy and traveller pitches in Malvern is set to be published in the next few weeks.

Malvern Hills District Council, which commissioned the report, confirmed survey and analysis work was nearly completed and the findings would be brought forward as quickly as possible.

The evidence will be used as a basis for planning decisions for further sites in the district as well as support work currently underway to finalise the South Worcestershire Development Plan – a development masterplan for Malvern, Worcester and Wychavon until 2030.

The council confirmed interested parties were consulted on the review at the end of August but stated the assessment would only be published as technical evidence once the feedback had been addressed and all councillors had been briefed.

But the review is a Worcestershire-wide piece of work and the findings will only be made available when all six district councils have completed their own evaluations.

Although Gary Williams, MHDC’s head of planning and housing, said the report was expected to be published in the next few weeks.

In 2011 a proposal for 10 pitches in Leigh Sinton was refused by the council and upheld by a Government Planning Inspectorate.

There are currently ten authorised traveller sites in Malvern district, nine of which are privately owned and the other is managed by Worcestershire County Council.

Herefordshire Council is also reviewing its own provision of sites in the county and a draft paper is currently out for public consultation until Thursday, October 2.

Type in ‘Travellers’ Sites Document’ at to obtain a response form.

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