Copeland Residents Ask For Opinions On Two Sites For Traveller Accommodation

Residents of Copeland are being invited to have their say on two potential sites for allocation as Gypsy and Traveller accommodation.

The survey is part of a consultation on a planning document that will guide development decisions in the future, the Copeland Local Plan 2021-38.

By law, the council must meet the housing needs of all its residents, including those who identify as Gypsies, Travellers and travelling showpeople.

A county-wide assessment has identified a need for 12 pitches for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation in Copeland.

The council has assessed possible areas for this, and two potentially suitable sites have been selected:

  • Land north of Greenbank, Whitehaven, between Woodhouse Road and Low Road
  • Land at Sneckyeat, Whitehaven, between Sneckyeat Industrial Estate and the Cumbria Sports Academy

Residents and other interested parties can see the consultation document and comment on the potential sites here before the draft plan moves into its final stages.

The most suitable site will be added to the Local Plan as an allocation, then the full plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for a Public Examination.

It is anticipated the Local Plan will be adopted in early 2023.

This part of the Local Plan consultation will last six weeks, ending on Tuesday, May 3. 

The consultation documents are also available to view at Copeland Borough Council’s Market Hall office in Whitehaven, and in libraries.

More information is available from Copeland Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 01946 598300 or at