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Gypsies and Travellers

Volume 687: debated on Wednesday 22 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What statistics are available from the Planning Inspectorate of planning appeals in respect of Gypsy and Traveller sites, indicating the number and proportion of appeals which were successful in equivalent periods before and after the coming into force of Circular 1/2006; and, in each case, (a) how many pitches were granted and refused respectively; (b) whether in the cases where permission was granted it was temporary or permanent; and (c) where the permission granted was temporary, for what period it was granted. [HL14]

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given to Julie Morgan MP by my honourable friend Meg Munn in the other place on 6 November (Official Report, col. 899W).

In addition, on privately owned sites, planning permission is granted for caravans not pitches. However, the number of caravans for which permission has been granted and the information requested in parts (b) and (c) are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.