Gypsy and Travellers Development Plan Document [emerging]

The Council has a responsibility to plan for the housing needs of all residents, including the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople community under The Housing and Planning Act 2016.

The National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites requires Local Planning Authorities to have a robust evidence base to establish accommodation needs to inform the preparation of Local Plans to meet need through the identification of land for sites. In response to this requirement, the Council proposed a Gypsy & Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD) to accompany the Local Plan.

The Council consulted on a draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD) between February and March 2015. A Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment were also published for consultation alongside the draft DPD. These documents are available from this page.

The Council has updated its evidence base and is considering the outcome. 

The Council has also updated its intended approach to the preparation of future Development Plan Documents, this is set out in its Local Development Scheme. It is now intended that the need and provision for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople will be considered within the Local Plan 2040, rather than a separate DPD. However, this is subject to the outcomes of the review of the evidence base.