Gypsy and Traveller Accomodation

Ashford Borough Council is in the process of developing a Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD).

The 2018 Ashford Borough Council Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) is available here: FINAL arc4 Ashford GTAA Final Report 2018 [docx] 2835KB

Why is a Development Plan Document needed?

Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) requires that local planning authorities identify and update annually a five year supply of deliverable sites for travellers, and to identify a supply of specific, deliverable sites, or broad locations for years 6-10 and where possible years 11-15.

The DPD will identify a number of sites for potential residential occupation by Gypsies, Travellers and travelling showpeople, and will include topic policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller development.

A DPD is not to be read in isolation from the Local Plan or other planning documents, and the policies and selected sites will need to be those which are the least in conflict with national and local planning policies, and those which are the most acceptable to both the travelling and settled populations. The benefits and disadvantages of the sites which come forward will need to be carefully examined so that sustainability considerations are given particular weight.

Stages of developing the DPD

Stage one of the process is evidence gathering, which is being done through a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) which will identify the need for sites, and through an Issues and Options consultation. The consultation seeks the views of the Gypsy and Traveller communities, residents and stakeholders, on the issues and options for Gypsy and Traveller policies and site selection in Ashford.

The Issues and Options consultation has the following aims:

  1. To identify the main issues as they relate to locating sites for Gypsies, Travellers and travelling showpeople
  2. To seek and obtain suggestions of specific sites which could be considered for allocation in the Submission Document
  3. To set out a framework for the selection of sites and seek views on the issues and options that have been identified as being important to this process
  4. To invite comments on the types of site to be provided, ownership and management of the sites, where those sites should be located and any other relevant issues which may arise

The information gathered will be used to inform a Draft Development Plan document. This draft document will then be subject to consultation and examination in public before it is ready for adoption.

Stages of the DPD