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Harlow MP Robert Halfon responds to new rules on illegal encampments

Politics / Wed 2nd Sep 2015 pm30 01:49pm

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has welcomed new rulings on planning applications and illegal encampments.

Mr Halfon said: “For many months now I have been working hard with the Government to make sure that there is a fair policy for residents regarding unauthorised encampments.

Today’s statement marks an important step in the right direction: it makes sure that no group of people is treated differently from any other.

I was pleased to set up a very fruitful meeting with Harlow District Council and Baroness Williams, the minister in charge of encampments, in July .

I am very happy to see that the Government listened to the concerns raised and that they will be taking further steps to solve the illegal encampments issue in the in months ahead.

The new measures unveiled by the Government yesterday give more powers to Councils to tackle unauthorised encampments and prevent their set-up. New rules particularly focus on protecting Green Belt and other local green spaces as well as making the requirements for the provision of sites for encampments more sustainable for Councils.

You can find the Government’s announcement here
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-rules-will-offer-stronger-protection-against-unauthorised-occupation

And the new measures here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-policy-for-traveller-sites

Never again Harlow residents should endure the problems and difficulties that occurred in the last 18 months.

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