Gypsies and Travellers
Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (G&T DPD)
Arun District Council is committed to developing sustainable communities that are safe, healthy and inclusive.
Providing the amount and type of housing that meets the needs of all sectors of the community - including gypsies and travellers and travelling showpeople - will:
- Contribute towards a better quality of life
- Promote better integration and co-existence with the settled community
- Reduce the number of unauthorised encampments
The Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (G&T DPD) represents a positive approach to meeting the existing and future need for permanent Gypsy and Traveller accommodation in Arun for the period to 2036 - and to also meet the requirements of the Government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites.
The Government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites requires us to:
- Establish needs
- Identify a sufficient supply of sites to meet this need over the plan period
- Provide five years’ worth of supply of specific deliverable sites set against a locally set target
The current 2019 05 16 Coastal West Sussex GTAA Draft Final Report by LA - Revised.docx.pdf [pdf] 3MB sets out the need identified for Gypsies and Travellers and travelling showpeople accommodation within Arun for the period 2018 to 2036.
Gypsy & Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site identification Study 2019
A Gypsy & Traveller Site Identification Study 2019 (G&TSIS 2019) has been carried out to look at all reasonable options for sites that could accommodate the identified need set out in the GTAA 2019 through provision of permanent gypsy and traveller and traveller showmen accommodation.
The process included a ‘call for sites’ that asked all stakeholders including the district’s town and parish councils to submit potential sites within their areas.
The FINAL Arun G&T Report Final April 2019.pdf [pdf] 21MB sets out the potential site provision within Arun to accommodate the identified need for Gypsies and Travellers and travelling showpeople within Arun for the period to 2036.
Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (G&T DPD) Issues & Options
The Council is undertaking an Issues and Options public consultation from 8 July until 5pm on 2 September on the first stage of preparing its Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (G&T DPD). The Issues & Options document and accompanying evidence documents can be accessed online via our portal or below:
Further periods of public consultation are planned with a Preferred Draft later in 2019 and Regulation 19 Publication (during Spring) 2020. The G&T DPD production timetable can be seen in the Council’s Local Development Scheme.
full Sustainability Appraisal is not required until Regulation 18 draft plan stage. However, an early Sustainability Appraisal Report.pdf [pdf] 3MB assessment has been carried out for the sites which will shape the Issues & Options Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (G&T DPD) in order to make sure that the plan being prepared is the most sustainable.
For more information see the frequently asked questions document: FAQs.docx [docx] 58KB
The G&T DPD will be reviewed in light of the responses made to the public consultation and may also consider including any further sites submitted to or identified since the publication of the Arun Gypsy and Traveller Site Identification Study in response to the Issues & Options consultation.
The G&T DPD also needs to be formally assessed at an independent public examination before any site is allocated and the plan’s final adoption by the Council.