Gypsy & Travelling Communities Site Allocations DPD

Cornwall Council is preparing a Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) to identify suitable sites across Cornwall to meet the accommodation needs of different Travelling communities. The Scoping Report marks the formal start of the process of preparing the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan.

Background

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Gypsies and Travellers are believed to experience the worst health and education status of any disadvantaged group in England, and research has consistently confirmed the link between the lack of good quality sites for Gypsies and Travellers and poor health and education. The key to addressing these issues is the provision of suitable, well managed, permanent and transit sites in appropriate locations. This will enable the provision of decent homes for this disadvantaged community group and particularly those that need assistance in finding safe and secure sites to live on or authorised sites whilst they are travelling in Cornwall. The provision of a range of additional authorised sites should help alleviate the problems sometimes experienced when groups of Travellers use unauthorised and unsuitable sites.

Although there are already a number of approved and authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in Cornwall, evidence available on the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers suggests that there:

  • Is a particular shortage of and a need for transit sites and emergency stopping places;
  • There is also a recognised requirement for additional public sites to meet the needs of Travelling communities in addition to the three already provided and particularly to meet the needs of different Traveller groups;
  • There is an ongoing requirement to facilitate the provision of private sites to meet the expanding needs of current Gypsy and Traveller families in Cornwall.

Help plan a safe and secure future for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Cornwall

Cornwall Council’s Planning, Housing and Regeneration Service has sought comments on the intended content of our proposed Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations DPD in accordance with regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. This ‘Scoping document’ marked the formal start of the process of preparing the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan. The consultation period ran from Monday 25 April until 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016. A Notice of Publication was made available.

View the responses to the consultation.

The Council will continue to engage with key stakeholders throughout the process of developing this document and will then consult widely on the DPD’s content prior to its submission to the Secretary of State.

Once we have received all comments on the scoping report we will make these available on this web site as soon as possible after the 6th June and these comments will inform our preparation of the draft DPD. We will then consult on this draft DPD, anticipated to be in the Spring/Summer of 2017 before submitting it the the Secretary of State.

Once complete, the DPD will sit alongside the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document and the Council’s Gypsies and Travelling Communities Strategy and will provide greater definition as to how key policies relating to Gypsies, Travellers and Traveling Show people will be delivered in Cornwall.

The Planning Policy Advisory Committee were resolved to recommend to the Portfolio Holder for Planning on the 17 March 2016 that the Regulation 18 Consultation document (Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations DPD Scoping Report) be approved subject to the comments from the Committee being incorporated and the amended document be published for a six week consultation period during the Spring of 2016.