12 FEB 2014

SHORTFALLS OF GYPSY PLANNING LAWS HIGHLIGHTED IN PARLIAMENT

Simon Hart MP has highlighted the shortfalls of having special gypsy planning laws in a House of Commons debate.

In the four years since he became an MP Mr Hart has witnessed the strong emotions stirred up by gypsy planning matters.

"Many people don't realise that there is a different set of planning rules for Travellers and when they come up against this, it can be hard to understand why there is "one rule for them and one rule for us"," he explained.

Mr Hart has helped local residents in Clayford Road near Saundersfoot with a long-running planning battle against a gypsy settlement being built near their homes. A Welsh Assembly planning inspector eventually overturned Pembrokeshire County Council's refusal of a gypsy pitch at the site.

Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Hart said: "The consequence of having separate gypsy planning laws is that, rather than enhancing and integrating the Traveller community, resentment towards that community has developed, along with a complete lack of confidence in the local authority, leading to the opposite effect of what was desired."

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