Gypsies and Travellers
This consultation is now closed. Documents for the SAD Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Consultation are set out below for information only.
The Government recently issued revised planning guidance for Gypsies and Travellers. We will need to look again at the work we have carried out to date to ensure it is in line with the new guidance.
Councils are required by law to assess the housing needs of all people living in the area they are responsible for and this includes Gypsies and Travellers as much as the settled community. We asked specialist consultants to carry out a study into the housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers in the District and the results showed a need for 33 new pitches up to 2028.
As part of the Issues and Options process we consulted now on potential options for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in South Staffordshire. We produced a Site Allocations (SAD) Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople ‘Issues and Options' consultation Document.
We asked for your views on the suitability of potential locations for new Gypsy pitches. There are enough options to meet the District's pitch requirements several times over, so that we have a genuine choice of where new pitches will go. This may be extending an existing site; adding more pitches to an existing site; making some current temporary or unauthorised pitches permanent; or finally, considering brand new sites.
Following the public consultation, we will then assess sites against a number of site selection criteria (e.g. impact on the Green Belt etc.) to ‘sieve' pitch options in order to find the most suitable locations for new pitches. These criteria are set out in the SAD consultation document. The preferred sites will then be subject to further consultation in our ‘Preferred Options' document earmarked for 2015.
We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions sheet which we hope will answer some of the questions you might have.
The consultation ran from Monday 13th October 2014 to 5pm on Monday 24th November 2014.
Evidence and Supporting Documents
- Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople - SAD Issues and Options Document
- Habitats Regulations Appraisal
- Sustainability Appraisal
- Green Belt Review
- Response Form
- Legal Notice
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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