LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Need in Waverley

7.26  The latest version of the Waverley Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (TAA) was published in June 2017 and factually updated in 2018. The TAA was undertaken by consultants who sought to identify all sites and encampments in Waverley and attempted to complete interviews during the non-travelling season with residents on all occupied pitches and plots. They also gave the opportunity to traveller households in 'bricks and mortar' accommodation to engage in the process and engaged with seven nearby Local Authorities to understand the wider issues in the area. The assessment is based on the Government's guidance in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2015) and the new definition of a Traveller.

7.27  The TAA concluded that, at the base date in 2017, there was a need for 27 additional pitches for households that meet the planning definition and up to 24 additional pitches from unknown households[1] that were unable to be interviewed. Ten households did not meet the planning definition.

7.28  Based on the TAA household survey, the proportion of households in Waverley that meet the planning definition (26 households - 62%) verses those that do not (16 households - 38%), is higher than the national average (10% in 2017) according to statistics by Opinion Research Services (ORS).

7.29  The need arising from households that meet the planning definition translates into a minimum accommodation target that will be addressed through site allocations process contained within Local Plan Part 2.

7.30  In addition, the Council proposes to allocate further sites to accommodate the potential need for those unknown households that were unable to be interviewed as part of the TAA. The potential need arising from unknown households could be a maximum of 24 pitches if all demonstrate they meet the planning definition. For contingency and resilience, it is proposed that two-thirds (66%) of the potential need from unknown households is built into the accommodation target. This higher number is in line with the local proportion of households in Waverley that met the planning definition in the TAA and gives flexibility and support to the delivery of the Plan to maintain a five-year supply of sites. Some of the pitches that have been granted planning permission since the base date contribute towards meeting the need form households where it is unknown if they meet the planning definition of a gypsy and traveller. Taking this into account there is a need for 39 pitches over the Plan Period up to 2032.

7.31  The TAA did not identify any need for the provision of a transit site due to the small numbers of unauthorised encampments in Waverley at the time of the fieldwork.

1. 64 households were identified who either were not present during the fieldwork period or who declined to engage in the interview process. The TAA refers to these households as ‘unknowns’ – as you cannot tell whether all or any of these households meet the planning definition. Using the 1.5% household formation rate and taking account of pitches known to be coming vacant, the TAA indicates that the overall level of need could rise by up to 24 pitches. But that is only if all 64 ‘unknown’ households do meet the PPTS definition. The TAA says that Opinion Research Services (ORS) has undertaken over 2,500 Traveller household interviews since the introduction of the planning definition. This work suggests that nationally approximately 10% of households interviewed meet that definition. If this was reflected in Waverley’s ‘unknown’ households, it could give rise to another 24 pitches. [back]