Gloucestershire Gypsy and traveller sites to be identified

A consultation to identify land in Gloucestershire suitable for use by Gypsies and travellers has begun.

The six-week consultation has been launched by local authorities, including Cheltenham Borough and Forest of Dean District councils.

Members of the public have been asked to suggest appropriate areas of land.

Government planning policy requires councils in the county to identify and update residential sites for Gypsies, travellers and travelling show people.

Tracey Crews, from Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "The council is responsible for making sure that all of Cheltenham's communities have an opportunity to live somewhere that meets their needs."

Brian Robinson, from Forest of Dean District Council, said: "We are asking people to put forward sites for us to consider because we need to make sure that we have sufficient accommodation available to meet the needs of our Gypsy, traveller and travelling show people communities."

The consultation is part of the six local councils' joint core strategy, which establishes how Gloucestershire will be developed up to 2031.

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