Rt Hon Lord Lilley

     

    PRESS RELEASE FROM THE RT HON PETER LILLEY MP

    Monday June 14th 2010

    LILLEY BACKS ACTION ON TRAVELLER CAMP SITES

     

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is backing a House of Commons motion calling for local authorities being given stronger powers to tackle the problem of travellers who set up unauthorised camps – often on Green Belt land – and defy attempts to get them to move on.

     

    He said: “I am supporting an Early Day Motion which expresses concern that illegal development can currently be undertaken by travellers who exploit delays in the planning enforcement system.

    “This is an issue of great concern to many of my constituents – not least because of the unauthorised encampment near Redbourn.   So it is important that Ministers should be made aware of this.

    “The EDM says councils should be given stronger powers to deal with unauthorised development and that one approach would be to limit the power of retrospective planning permission.

    “What is vital is that all settled and traveller communities should be treated equally and even-handedly in the planning process.”

    ** This is the wording of Early Day Motion 167:

     



    GREEN




    BELT LAND




    AND UNAUTHORISED TRAVELLER DEVELOPMENT


    08.06.2010

     


    Williamson, Gavin


    That this House notes with concern that unauthorised development can currently be undertaken by travellers who exploit delays in the planning enforcement system; believes that this problem can be tackled if the concept of retrospective planning permission is limited and councils are given stronger powers to deal with unauthorised development; and calls on the Government to ensure that all settled and traveller communities are treated equally and even-handedly in the planning process.

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