Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Gypsy and Traveller sites and Travelling Showpeople sites

3.28 A Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment is currently being undertaken. This will indicate how many pitches are needed to meet the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller Community and the Travelling Showpeople community. There are two authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites within the Borough accommodating 30 pitches. These are managed by Surrey County Council. There are no private authorised sites for either Gypsies or Travellers. Bond Drive Chobham is a Traveller Showpeople's site.

3.29 The Council 's preferred approach is to safeguard existing sites and seek additional pitches within settlement areas, if this is not possible then additional pitches within the Countryside beyond the Green Belt will be considered where they are adjacent to settlements. The draft Policy approach to the provision of new pitches is set out below; this reflects the approach set out in the Council's adopted Core Strategy.

 

Policy Approaches to Gypsy and Traveller sites and Travelling Showpeople Sites

3.30 The preferred policy approach and an alternative approach to Gypsy and Traveller sites and Travelling Showpeople sites are set out below.

Preferred Policy Approach to Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites

The aim of this policy approach is to safeguard existing sites and to ensure that any new sites are located in sustainable locations by having a policy that :

  • Seeks to safeguard existing sites;
  • Seeks the provision of new pitches or sites within settlement areas in the first instance ;
  • Seeks to ensure that pitches or sites outside of settlement areas are sustainably located with accessibility to facilities capable of meeting everyday needs such as education, healthcare ,shopping and transport;
  • Promotes the use of previously developed land;
  • Sites for Travelling Showpeople sites are able to demonstrate that the site is suitable for the storage and maintenance of show equipment and associated vehicles;
  • Requires the demonstration of very special circumstances for proposals within the Green Belt.

Alternative Approach to Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites

To not have a specific policy for Gypsy and Traveller sites but to have regard to other relevant policies in the Local Plan.