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Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Sites

The 2004 Housing Act  and the Governments Planning Policy for Traveller sites 2015 requires local authorities to assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Travellers, and Showpeople and to make adequate provision for them through the planning process.  Forest of Dean District Council has worked with the County Council and the other five district councils in Gloucestershire to undertake an assessment of Gypsy and Travellers and Showpeople's accommodation needs within the county. 

The 2013 Gloucestershire Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment identifies the county-wide and local authority requirements for sites between 2013 and 2031.The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTTSAA) is available both as a full report and executive summary. An earlier study was undertaken in 2007.

The primary objective of the 2016 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) is to provide a robust assessment of current and future need for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation in the local authority areas of Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. As well as updating previous GTAAs,another reason for completing the study was the publication of a revised version of Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) in August 2015. This included a change to the definition of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople for planning purposes.

The District Council made a public call for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites during early 2010 and reviewed other sources of land in the district. The Allocations Plan which is currently being examined identifies sites for Gypsies and Travellers and for Travelling Showpeople.