A TRAVELLERS site could be expanded – in an effort to prevent families illegally occupying other land.

Proposals have been submitted to Ryedale District Council for seven new pitches and seven extra amenity blocks at Tara Park, on York Road, Malton. Permission was granted for seven original pitches in 2000.

Yorkshire Housing, the applicant, said the additional pitches would give families a legal base for their mobile homes near the A64.

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And in a planning statement to the council they said available space was limited, but demand was high.

“By making better use of this land, this will reduce the need for travellers to house on land which they do not own,” add the statement.

The application is expected to go before local planning councillors for a decision in February.