Dorset gypsy sites consultation begins

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A consultation on proposed gypsy and traveller sites in Dorset has begun.

Bournemouth Borough Council is asking residents to comment on four locations that could provide up to 26 pitches.

Local authorities across Dorset commissioned a planning consultant to identify potential sites for traveller accommodation.

Bournemouth said it was not endorsing the options but wanted residents to comment on the proposals.

One of the locations earmarked is for 10 transit pitches on land off Park Road, Lansdowne, bordering the Wessex Way and public car park off Lansdowne Road.

Another is for three residential pitches on green belt land near Erlin Farm, Muscliffe Lane.

A third site could accommodate five residential pitches on green belt land at Careys Road, off Broadway Lane.

Exhibition planned

The fourth site is for eight residential pitches on green belt land on the edge of urban development at Throop Road, between Woodbury Avenue and an area of allotments.

An exhibition detailing the plans will be held at four venues in Bournemouth in December and January.

Residents have until 10 February 2012 to comment on the proposals.

Under the terms of the Housing Act 2004, local authorities must assess the accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers and identify where new pitches should be located.

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