Monday, 5 March 2012

A letter to Mr Pickles - Last July you consulted on Gypsy and Travellers...


29th February 2012

Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London
SW1E 5DU

Our Ref: GJ/NS

I am writing to you concerning the consultation on a draft planning policy for traveller sites.

I understand this consultation closed on the 3rd August 2011 and was intended to gather views on the consistency of the draft National Planning Policy Framework with the draft planning policy for traveller sites. I wrote to Andrew Stunnell MP last July with suggestions.

The Department website states that the Government will publish a new Planning Policy Statement for traveller sites in response to the consultation “as soon as possible following due consideration of the consultation responses”. This new Statement is then to be reviewed and incorporated into the final National Planning Policy Framework.

This is an issue on which many of my constituents are very concerned and wish to know when this new Planning Policy Statement for traveller sites – or any other response to the consultation – is due to be published. They have expressed the belief that the response is overdue, so an indication of any reason for delays would also be informative.

I would be grateful if you could give me a timeframe for when the response to the consultation on planning for traveller sites is to be expected.

Yours, Graham Jones MP