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Potential Gypsy and traveller site chosen in Hartlepool

Land in Hartlepool has been chosen as a potential Gypsy and traveller site.

The Hart Smallholdings West site, west of Hart Village off the A179 was chosen by Hartlepool Council out of sixteen shortlisted locations.

A council spokesperson said that the site will only be developed if there is a future demand for it and emphasised there was "no current demand".

It said government planning guidelines mean councils now have to designate a gypsy and traveller site in their plan.

'Preferred site rejected'

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher said: "The consultation has been open, transparent and extremely thorough and we have arrived at a decision after listening objectively to all of the evidence put before us."

The council said it originally identified land at Brenda Road as its preferred site but this was rejected by a government planning inspector on grounds that it was not deliverable.

It added Hart Smallholdings East, located between Hart Village and Clavering, was chosen as the "fallback" site, should the planning inspector for any reason refuse to accept Hart Smallholdings West.

The Gypsy Council said more legal sites need to be created for travellers.

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