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Potential Gypsy and Traveller Transit Sites in Denbighshire Put Forward

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Members of Denbighshire’s Scrutiny Committee will discuss a range of sites to be put forward for consideration for Gypsy and Traveller transit accommodation in the county when they meet next week.

In March 2019, Cabinet agreed that the location of a transit site should be determined through the process to revise the Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP).

The Council needs to revise its Local Development Plan which ends in 2021 and have a new Plan in place by this date.  There will be a full public consultation on any sites recommended for inclusion in the Local Development Plan later next year.

There are five potential transit candidate sites that will be put forward by the Council as part of the Local Development Plan review; three lie along the A55 corridor and two are located between Denbigh and Henllan:

  • Rhuallt – Land off Holywell Road
  • Rhuallt  – Former School Field
  • Rhuallt – Land off B5429
  • Denbigh – Henllan Road – Land 1
  • Denbigh – Henllan Road – Land 2

Councillor Mark Young, Cabinet Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said:

“The Welsh Government requires all local authorities to carry out a needs assessment, and there is an identified need for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation in Denbighshire.

“The Cabinet decided to consider sites for the transit Gypsy and Traveller site as part of the work we are doing to revise our Local Development Plan.    These sites will be put forward for consideration as part of our wider work on the Local Development Plan, however we must stress that it’s very early days and no decisions have yet been made.

“Members of the public and any other interested parties will be able to have their say on the potential locations later in the process when the detailed sites are published for consultation.”

A planning application for a separate permanent residential site for Gypsy & Traveller accommodation at Green-gates East Farm near St Asaph has been submitted and will be discussed by Denbighshire’s planning committee later this year.