Witham MP Priti Patel is to host a 90 minute Parliamentary debate on traveller sites in the area.

The debate entitled Government consultation on gypsy and traveller planning will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday in Westminster Hall.

On June 23 she had asked Commons Leader Sir George Young for the debate to look into changing the consulation by the planning inspectorate on traveller sites across her constituency.

Ms Patel said: “It is about time planning policy respected the rights of the settled community and did not prioritise on dubious human rights grounds gypsy and traveller appeals.”