Revised planning definition impacting on Gypsy and Traveller site provision
The EHRC has highlighted today that disabled, elderly and ill Gypsies and Travellers are being forgotten in site provision -
‘Our latest report has assessed the impact of the revised definition of ‘Gypsies’ and ‘Travellers’ in the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015. The definition is used by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in England to assess the need for Traveller sites, but no longer includes those who have stopped travelling permanently.
The report found that when LPAs assessed how many pitches they would need to meet the needs of Gypsies and Travellers following the change in definition, the requirement fell by almost 75 per cent, from 1,299 to 345. This suggests that the needs of a significant number of people in the Gypsy and Traveller community, who still require culturally appropriate accommodation but no longer follow a nomadic lifestyle, are not being considered.