Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan

Why are we preparing this 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.

Summary of progress

1.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 and replaces a previous GTAA update that was prepared in 2016 and ran to 2026.

2. Gypsy and Traveller Call for Sites 2018

The Council ran a further "call for sites" during March-April 2018 to seek suggestions from landowners and other interested parties for new gypsy and traveller sites across the district.

3. Implementation Options consultation 2015

We consulted on a document that:

  • Set out revised pitch requirements for the district
  • Laid out proposed preferred search areas for new sites
  • Suggested current temporary sites that could become permanent
  • Safeguarded existing sites (those with permanent consent and no occupancy restriction)
  • Commented on some known sites that the council was not proposing to allocate or safeguard

A draft proposals map was also produced to summarise the safeguarded sites, proposed allocations and preferred areas of search on a single plan.

4. Regulation 18 consultation and "call for sites" 2014

This document provided public notice of our intention to prepare a Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan and consulted on what the plan ought to contain. This consultation also asked for suggestions for land potentially suitable for new gypsy and traveller sites in the district.

You can view responses to previous consultations via our Planning Policy consultation viewer.

If you wish to suggest a potentially suitable site, please visit our Call for Sites page for more information on the process.

Next steps

As a development plan document that will sit alongside the Core Strategy and Site Allocations Plan, the Gypsy and Traveller Plan will be subject to further public consultation and examination in public by an independent planning inspector to check that the plan is fit for purpose. The inspector will publish their report after the examination. After any necessary changes have been made to the plan for the inspector to find it sound, the document will then go before Cabinet and Full Council (a meeting of all district councillors) to be formally adopted as part of our development plan.

Gypsy and Traveller SPD

In advance of the preparation of the Gypsy & Traveller the Plan, the Council is looking to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide specific advice and guidance on the provision of sites for Gypsies & Travellers and Travelling Showpeople.

Get Involved

Register on our consultation database to ensure you can have your say] on the preparation of the Local Plan.

Find out more

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

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Last updated on 20/03/2020

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