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 (August 2015) 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 proposes a Gypsy & Traveller Development Plan Document to accompany the Local Plan.


Latest Update

Consultation on Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for emerging Gypsy and Traveller DPD

All Development Plan Document are required to go through a sustainability appraisal process. The first stage of the process is to consider the scope of the exercise, which is presented in the form of a scoping report. The scoping report considers environmental, social and economic baseline data but does not allocate sites, consider the merits of possible sites or deal with the scale of need.

An updated Scoping Report has been prepared for the emerging Gypsy and Traveller DPD. It will be subject to a statutory five week consultation, running between 12 October and noon 16 November 2018. The legislation only requires the Council to consult Historic England, Environment Agency and Natural England, however the Council has published the Scoping Report for comment.


Regulation 18 Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document

The Council consulted on the draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD) between February and March 2015. The Council has updated its evidence base, its considering the outcome and will be drafting a revised DPD which will be published for consultation in 2018.


Previous Stages

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

The last Scoping Report was prepared in 2016 and needs to be updated given the change in data and evidence.

Regulation 18 Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document Consultation

On Wednesday 28th January 2015, Council agreed the draft Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD), Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment to be published for Regulation 18 public consultation. A public consultation ran for 6 weeks, from 6th February - 20th March 2015.