Regional Planning Guidance: Gypsies and Travellers

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Shadow Minister, Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What references there are to Travellers or Gypsies in the regional planning guidance documents.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Regeneration and Regional Development), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Regeneration and Regional Development)

The general presumption in regional planning guidance (RPG) had been that it should meet the housing requirements of the whole community and not distinguish or discriminate between any particular groups within the community. However, more recently, regional planning bodies have recognised the need to ensure that development plan authorities make adequate provision for Gypsies and Travellers. Policy 28 of RPG8 for the east Midlands and both the submitted policy CF6 and the revised policy CF5 in my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister's proposed changes to RPG 11 for the west Midlands refer to the needs of Gypsies and Travellers. In other regions RPG does not yet contain policies for Gypsies and Travellers.

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