Fewer traveller caravans pitching up illegally

Fewer traveller caravans pitching up illegally

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:51am 10th December 2019.

Fewer traveller caravans are pitching up on unauthorised sites in Dorset.

Local government figures show 49 traveller caravans turned up on sites in the county without planning permission in July.

That's compared with 187 in July 2009.

Councils carry out a count of caravans on traveller sites twice a year to provide a snapshot of the numbers in permitted and unpermitted spots.

It includes those lived in by Gypsies and Travellers, as well as non-traditional groups who live in moveable homes.

travellers at Monkeys Jump

The total number of caravans in the area also dropped over the period, from 317 to 118.

This means that 42% were in unauthorised locations this year.

Of those on unpermitted land, 11 were not tolerated, meaning active efforts were being made to move them on.

The trend in Dorset was the same across England, where 3,082 caravans were on unauthorised sites - 17% fewer than a decade previously.

This was despite the total number of dwellings increasing by a third, to around 23,000, meaning the vast majority had planning permission.