LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Policy context

7.23  In keeping with the Government's aim for sustainable and mixed communities, the Council aspires to deliver enough decent homes in suitable locations for everyone in the community. Gypsies and Travellers have historically been part of the local community and continue to be so; they are important groups with specific accommodation needs. The Government's aim is to ensure the fair and equal treatment of Gypsies and Travellers, in a way that facilitates the traditional and nomadic way of life of travellers while respecting the interests of the settled community.

7.24  The Council is required by the NPPF and the Housing Act 2004 to meet the accommodation needs of the population within their area. The Housing Act 2004 placed a duty upon local authorities to produce assessments of current and future accommodation needs for travellers. Councils are required to set pitch targets for gypsies and travellers and plot targets for travelling showpeople[1] in order to address the likely permanent and transit-site accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in their area. The Council must identify a five-year supply of sites against their locally set targets, much the same way as is required with other housing land.

7.25  In 2015 the Government updated its Planning Policy for Traveller Sites guidance to include a new definition of Gypsy and Travellers. The key change to the definition was the removal of the term "persons....who have ceased to travel permanently"  meaning that those who have stopped travelling no longer fall under the planning definition of a Traveller in terms of assessing the needs for accommodation.

1. For the purposes of planning policy, ‘pitch’ means a pitch on a ‘gypsy and traveller’ site and ‘plot’ means a pitch on a ‘travelling showpeople’ site (often called a ‘yard’). The full definition is in the National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS), DCLG, 2015, Annex 1. [back]