THE number of gypsy sites in Tendring needs to almost double over the next 20 years, council bosses have been told.

A report published this week shows the district needs to find an additional ten gypsy and traveller pitches by 2033.

There are currently 11 pitches in the district, but the Essex Planning Officers Association’s new Gypsy and Traveller and Accommodation Assessment report claims the traveller population is growing by two percent a year and more sites are needed.

Across Essex 786 new pitches are needed over the next 20 years, but most are required in the Basildon area.

The location of the new pitches and how they are to be provided will be down to each local authority through the normal Local Plan process.

By law, all local authorities must assess the need for gypsy and traveller accommodation and ensure there are enough sites.