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Guide Gypsy and traveller plan

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1. Introduction to Gypsy and Travellers Development Plan Document (DPD)

We propose to produce a Development Plan Document which will allocate sites for Gypsies and Travellers in East Devon. We are undertaking a series of consultations to gain your views to help us develop plans and policies to guide the allocation of land for Gypsy and Traveller use. The replies we receive will help us to determine where new sites should be located, what type of development they should contain and how they should be laid out.

With other Devon authorities, East Devon District Council commissioned a needs assessment by RRR Consultants, to determine how many Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople pitches are required in the District. The Devon Partnership Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2015 was completed at the beginning of 2015 and forms the basis for the figures in our Local Plan.  The study concluded that, between 2014 and 2034 there is a need for:

  • 37 additional permanent Gypsy and Traveller  pitches with 22 of these needed in the first 5 years;
  •  3 new permanent travelling showpeople pitches, with 1 of these needed in the first 5 years;
  • 4-5 temporary/emergency stopping places, each 4-5 pitches in the first 5 years (this applies across the study area as a whole. East Devon is not specifically mentioned, although Devon County Council state that East Devon has the highest level of unauthorised stops in the County, so it could be concluded that at least one of these temporary/emergency sites should be in East Devon); and
  • 23 houses for Gypsies and Travellers (this would be met through the general housing stock).

Most of the immediate need arises from overcrowding of existing sites and from newly formed families on existing sites (usually children reaching maturity and having their own children) who wish to stay close to extended family. Most of the need is on the western side of the District, around the M5/A30.  The Local Plan makes provision for up to 30 pitches on a site or sites at Cranbrook.

Please note that the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to treat someone less favourably because of a range of protected characteristics, including race, nationality or ethnic or national origins. Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are defined as a racial group in law. A Public Sector Equality Duty places a duty on the Council to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between persons of different groups. Further information is available.