The 2011 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (known as the GTANA) was delivered using a modelling approach, developed in partnership with planning, housing and Traveller Liaison Officers. It covers nine participating local authorities:
- East Cambridgeshire
- Forest Heath
- King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
- South Cambridgeshire
- St Edmundsbury.
The model takes account of Government guidance and policy and fits within a suite of other local Gypsy and Traveller focused assessments and strategies. The approach is robust because it is based on counted numbers of caravans and young people from twice-yearly caravan counts, planning records and education data.
The model takes actual figures for each district based on counted caravans and pitches, including
- unauthorized caravans and temporary planning permissions from the DCLG six-monthly caravan counts
- Gypsies and Travellers registered for housing
- counted numbers of young people of family forming age from Travellers Education Services and the Schools Census
It then applies adjustments to the counted figures to allow for such things as unauthorized caravans visiting for temporary work rather than requiring a permanent pitch, and young people forming families who wish to move into houses rather than onto sites.
The results are show as Gypsy and Traveller pitch needs assessment for each district for 2011-2031, broken into four time periods:
- 2011 to 2016
- 2016 to 2021
- 2021 to 2026
- 2026 to 2031.
There is also a Travelling Showpeople indicative pitch needs assessment 2011-2016.