Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by the Borough of Poole (TF 61)

  I enclose for your attention a copy of the Council's most recent policy in relation to fairgrounds on open space.[10] In recent years the number of days on which fairs are held within the Borough has increased by 20. We now have three different fairground operators who regularly visit the town, increasing the choice for users.

  In consideration of Circular 22/91 there is no identified need for sites to accommodate living quarters for travelling showpeople, and the adopted Poole Local Plan (1998) does not specifically allocate any site for such use. Indeed provision is made within the fairground site areas for accommodation of travelling showpeople.

  The Borough has very few sites available for development and relies heavily on the redevelopment of brownfield sites to meet commitments for both housing and employment. High residential and commercial land values requires best use to be made of urban land. This is in accordance with national government guidance which advocates the re-use and re-development of brownfield sites in line with sustainable development principles. In addition, Poole's built up area is constrained by a tightly drawn green belt. The facilities required for such a site would not be deemed suitable use in the green belt.

David Neudegg

Head of Leisure Services

March 2000

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