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Planning Application Submitted For A Temporary Stopping Place In Creekmoor

A planning application has been submitted for one of two proposed temporary stopping places for unauthorised encampments in Poole.

The application for a site on land at Marshes End (Safety Drive), opposite the new Fire Station in Creekmoor, was made by Borough of Poole's Environmental and Consumer Protection Services (ECPS). 

It is proposed that the site would initially provide 12 pitches for travelling families and vehicles. The site can accommodate more than the 12 being proposed, but at present the council is only considering part of the site to achieve delivery of the scheme this summer.

As part of the process, local people can give their views on the proposals. The full application (APP/14/00123/F) can be viewed online at boroughofpoole.com/planningapplications. The application is likely to be considered by the council's Planning Committee at a meeting scheduled for 20 March.

In addition, information boards will be displayed at Creekmoor Library on 13 and 14 February between 10am and 4.30pm and on 15 February from 10am to 1pm.

Peter Haikin, Regulatory Services Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "We are aware of concerns raised by local residents and would encourage everyone to come along to the drop-in sessions and see for themselves the proposals, and submit any comments about the planning application to the Planning Department."

If approved, the planning application will authorise the use of the site for a temporary period between Good Friday and 15 September 2014. Travellers will not be directed to the site after 1 September. The site will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Councillors voted to support proposals for temporary stopping places at sites in Creekmoor and Oakdale at an extraordinary meeting of Full Council on Monday 27 January 2014.

A planning application for a second temporary stopping place on land north of the B&Q car park in Oakdale is being prepared and will be submitted as soon as possible.