Plan making - Spaces and places for Gypsies and Travellers: how planning can help

Councils have a duty to allocate sufficient land for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs. This case study draws on emerging good practice in some local authorities to identify how effective use of the planning process can increase the number of authorised pitches available for Gypsies and Travellers.

Spaces and places for Gypsies and Travellers: how planning can help

Recommended actions

  • Involve Gypsy and Traveller communities

    Planning staff need to consult with Gypsy and Traveller communities early and often.
  • Work collaboratively

    Moving Gypsies and Travellers on from one district to another doesn't solve the overall problem of a lack of sites
  • Be transparent to build trust

    The planning process should be as transparent as possible so that all members of the community can understand the decisions that have been taken and why.
  • Integrate Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs into the new planning system

    The new planning system presents opportunities to incorporate the advice of the Circular 01/2006 into the local development framework.
  • Educate and work with councillors

    Local authority councillors must be made aware of the changes in guidance in order to make sound planning decisions and explain these decisions to the so-called ‘settled' community.

Further reading

This case study was first published in April 2007.