On 9th May Cabinet approved the Preferred Options document for consultation. This document represents an important stage in preparing to allocate land for permanent and transit sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Bath and North East Somerset. The Preferred Options document sets out six sites on which the Council is seeking the views of the public, parish and town councils and other stakeholders. In addition to comments on these sites the Council will also be accepting information on any additional sites with potential for allocation in the Development Plan Document. All of the comments received will be considered in moving towards the next stage in the documents preparation and any additional sites that are considered suitable for further scrutiny will be reported back to Cabinet in September 2012. From Wednesday the Preferred Options document can be viewed on the Council’s website at the address below: www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers> The consultation period extends from 23 May to 18 July 2012. Copies of the Preferred Options document, along with leaflets and posters publicising the consultation are being sent today to all parish and town councils. The Council is also writing to all individuals and organisations on its Local Development Framework mailing list (made up of people who have previously expressed an interest in planning policy documents) with details of the consultation. Please also note that a number of staffed consultation exhibitions are planned across the District. These exhibitions are still in the process of being finalised but those that have been confirmed are as follows: · Methodist Church Hall, Radstock, 6 June 2012, 3 – 7pm · Stanton Drew Parish Hall, Stanton Drew, 7 June 2012, 3 – 7pm · The Brunswick Room, The Guildhall, Bath, 13 June 2012, 3 – 7pm · Fear Hall, Keynsham, 19 June 2012, 3 – 7pm Should further exhibitions be scheduled across the District this will be advertised on the Council website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers<http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningfortravellers>. The Preferred Options document will also be published on the Council’s website and will be available to purchase at a cost of £5 from Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath. Reference copies will also be available for inspection at the Council’s main offices and libraries. Comments can be made in writing using the comments form which is available on the Council’s website, at the Council’s main offices and libraries and at the exhibitions.