Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD)
The Government is committed to ensuring fair and equal treatment for Travellers, in a way that facilitates their traditional and nomadic way of life while respecting the interests of the settled community. In August 2015, the Government produced new guidance; Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (opens in a new window).
There is a shortage of authorised sites for Gypsies and Travellers at a national, regional and local level and as a consequence many Gypsies and Travellers have no option but to live on unauthorised and/or unsuitable sites. If suitable sites can be identified through the planning process it will prevent the need for illegal encampments, which often cause conflict with the settled community.