Sep 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
GYPSY and traveller sites are being sought by West Lancashire Borough Council.
The national planning policy compels the council to provide enough sites for gypsies and travellers within West Lancashire.
If the council does not comply with this obligation, it will be vulnerable to the establishment of illegal encampments and sites in the borough.
Therefore, both permanent and temporary sites for travellers are being identified.
The council is looking for sites at which travellers can base themselves throughout most of the year and other sites to meet the needs of travellers who are just passing through West Lancashire.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “We know that the issue of sites for the travelling community can be emotive and controversial.
“But this council needs to comply with the law, and so we are looking to find the best possible sites to meet West Lancashire’s needs.
“We are already aware of a number of potential sites, but in order to identify the best possible sites, we are asking landowners and the public to make us aware of any other sites that they may know about that could be suitable.”
Details of potential sites should be received by West Lancs Council no later than Wednesday, October 2, 2013, and must be submitted on the official form.
The most suitable sites will be shortlisted, and will form a planning document that will allocate specific sites for the travelling community.
This document will be subjected to public consultation exercise before being adopted.
The form is available on www.westlancs.gov.uk/planningpolicy