Last updated: 29th June 2016
One of the key issues for the Council is to address the need for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation across the District. National planning policy requires local authorities to develop fair and effective strategies to identify land to meet local need.
The Planning Policy Team is currently working on producing a Travellers Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD). This will allocate land suitable for development as Gypsy, Traveller or Travelling Showpeople sites in accordance with our local evidence base
The timetable for bringing forward the Site Allocations DPD has changed (see below) to allow further time to complete comprehensive site assessment work.
The Council commissioned consultants to produce a new Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) to provide up-to-date evidence of local need; that work was completed in late 2012, it is available here and on the housing page of the Planning Policy Evidence. The Council will use this evidence to inform the Site Allocations DPD. Click here to read more about the existing background evidence.
The Council consulted on an Issues and Options document in 2011 and a Preferred Options document in 2012. As formative stages in the development of the Site Allocations document those focused on engaging the public with how to meet local need and where sites could come forward. The responses to each of those consultations are available to view on the consultation page.
Progress on the Travellers Sites Plan has been affected by the significant additional work required on the Core Strategy before its adoption, preparation of the Placemaking Plan and the West of England Joint Spatial Plan. There is still the need to continue further work with neighbouring authorities in order to ascertain accommodation needs across the West of England and to review capacity to accommodate the travelling communities outside the Green Belt. Joint working with adjoining authorities is essential in light of the duty to cooperate and to ensure that non-Green Belt options are fully explored
The current programme for the Plan as agreed by the Council's Cabinet in May 2016 is set out in the table below.
Evidence gathering and drafting of document.
|Issues and Options consultation and Call for Sites
Comments invited on the issues and options for site allocation and a Call for Sites.
|21st November 2011 - 16th January 2012|
|Issues and Options
Consultation analysis and site assessment
|January - April 2012|
|Preferred Options consultation and Call for Sites
A 'first look' consultation on potential site options and ongoing Call for Sites.
|23rd May - 20th July 2012|
|Publication of revised set of site options for consultation||April/May 2017|
|Consultation on the Draft Plan
This document will identify all the sites that are considered suitable for Gypsy and Traveller use and development requirements for each site. Final comments will be invited.
|Submit Plan to the Secretary of State||February 2018|
|Public Hearings start
The document will be examined by an independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The purpose of this is to ensure it is in line with the law and sound.
|Receipt of the Inspector's Report
Consider the Inspector's recommendations and adopt the final version of the document.
Bath and North East Somerset Council have so far undertaken two stages of informal public consultation in the development of the Site Allocations DPD. Information on the public consultation events and full responses received on each document are set out on that page. Click here for more information on each document.
Further information is available from the following pages:
- Background information on Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople, including the background evidence base, the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA 2012);
- Information is also available on the Council's legal obligations, and the planning policy framework to the Site Allocations DPD;
- A series of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers are available via this link. If you think we have missed something crucial, please get in contact with the Planning Policy Team to let us know; and
- Detailed consultation information, including links to the relevant documents and information on how you can view or purchase hard copies of the Preferred Options consulation document.