Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs assessment

2016 assessment

Our 2016 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, completed by ORS in October 2016, can be found here.

The objective of the assessment is to provide a robust assessment of current and future need for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation in Cambridgeshire (excluding Fenland), King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Peterborough and West Suffolk.

The study provides evidence to enable the Councils to comply with their requirements towards Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople under the Housing Act 1985, the National Planning Policy Framework 2012, Planning Practice Guidance 2014, Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015, and the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

It provides a robust assessment of need for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation in the study area. It is a robust and credible evidence base which can be used to aid the implementation of development plan policies and the provision of Traveller pitches and plots. As well as identifying current and future permanent accommodation needs, it also seeks to identify any need for the provision of transit sites or emergency stopping places.

2011 assessment

Our previous 2011 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment was delivered using a modelling approach, developed in partnership with planning, housing and Traveller Liaison Officers. It covered Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Forest Heath, Huntingdonshire, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire and St Edmundsbury.

The model took account of Government guidance and policy and fits within a suite of other local Gypsy and Traveller focused assessments and strategies. The approach was based on counted numbers of caravans and young people from twice-yearly caravan counts, planning records and education data and took 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 applied 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. There was also a Travelling Showpeople indicative pitch needs assessment 2011-2016.