Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan


The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and subsequent legislation requires councils to identify sites to meet the accommodation needs of all communities within their area. This includes the needs of the gypsy and traveller community and travelling show people. Policy CS.21 in our adopted Core Strategy sets out general criteria against which proposals for plots will be considered. Our Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan will provide further guidance.

The Council has started work on a Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan and is currently exploring options to identify new permanent sites. See our Local Development Scheme (LDS) for the most up-to-date timetable for the progress of this Plan.

Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Council ran a six-week public consultation on the draft SPD between 7 January and 19 February 2021. The consultation has now closed. Further information on the consultation can be found here.

The SPD does not allocate specific land for new permanent sites as this can only be done through a higher level policy document such as the Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Local Plan. Prepared as an interim measure, the contents of the SPD will be subsumed into the Local Plan in due course.

Call for Sites

The Council is now running a ‘call for sites' to seek suggestions from landowners and other interested parties for new Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites across Stratford-on-Avon District. The deadline for submitting sites is Monday 1 March 2021. Any sites submitted will be assessed and used to inform the preparation of the Local Plan. If you wish to submit a site for this purpose please use our Call for Sites Form and email your completed form to

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) Update 2019

To inform the emerging Gypsy and Traveller Plan, the Council commissioned RRR Consultancy Limited to undertake a GTAA for the period 2019-2035 in order to quantify the accommodation and related support needs of Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. This GTAA was endorsed by Cabinet in June 2019.

This assessment identified a need up to 2035 for between 59-70 additional permanent pitches for Gypsies and Travellers (depending on the definition used), plus 6 additional Travelling Showpeople plots. The assessment recommends that this need is met within the District in two ways:

  1. The intensification and / or extension of existing sites; and
  2. The provision of new permanent sites

Find out more

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260473 or email

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Last updated on 15/07/2021