Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Review - Proposed Submission Local Plan

Proposed Submission Local Plan

14 Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople

14.1.1 The national Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) published in 2015 sets out requirements for how Local Authorities should assess the need for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation.

14.1.2 A Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) was undertaken in 2020 to review the needs Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation across Central Lincolnshire between 2019 and 2040. This GTAA identified an overall need, based on the PPTS definition, of 32 additional pitches between 2019 and 2040 and this need was broken down into 5 year periods identifying that the need to 2024 had been met with 4 surplus pitches provided. Beyond this a further 10 pitches are required from 2024-2029, 11 from 2029-2034, and 15 from 2034-2040.

14.1.3 The GTAA went beyond looking solely at the amount of need and considered what the site preferences were and where the need stemmed from. It concluded that a high proportion of the need stems from households with children needing separate accommodation in the next five years and a preference for smaller family-sized sites existed. As such, it can be concluded that the extension or intensification of existing sites has the greatest potential to meet much of the need in the most appropriate and deliverable manner.  

14.1.4 An additional investigation was undertaken into how the need for Gypsy and Traveller pitches can be met. This Meeting the Accommodation Needs of Gypsies and Travellers Report identified that:

  • Since the GTAA was published, permission was granted for an additional 5 pitches;
  • There is potential for an additional 25 pitches to be delivered through intensification or reconfiguration of existing sites;
  • The authorisation of a current unauthorised, but tolerated, Gypsy and Traveller development; and
  • There is potential (subject to site specific constraints) for Local Authority land to be used to provide up to 27 additional pitches through extensions to existing sites in Lincoln and Gainsborough.

This provision is in addition to the two allocations being carried forward from the 2017 Local Plan which have yet to be developed.

14.1.5 Consultants are also working with the Local Planning Authorities and households looking to deliver additional pitches to assist in this delivery. Whilst it is shown that the identified need for 32 dwellings can be met it is also important to plan positively for meeting additional need as it emerges and provide a policy framework for considering applications that may be submitted for sites.

14.1.6 The GTAA also highlighted that there was no need for Travelling Showpeople accommodation in the plan period.

14.1.7 The GTAA not only looked into permanent accommodation but reviewed the need for transit provision, concluding that negotiated stopping places to allow caravans to be sited at suitable location for a period of time with provision of services such as waste disposal and toilets.

14.1.8 The Central Lincolnshire authorities are committed to meeting the needs, with specific allocations and policy considerations set out in Policy S83.

Policy S83: Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation

Part One: Existing Sites

Proposals that result in the loss of an authorised and permanent site for residential use by Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople will not be permitted unless:

  1. suitable alternative provision is made for the use on a site which satisfies the criteria in part three of this policy; or
  2. it has been determined that the site is no longer needed for this use.

Appropriate, detailed and robust evidence will be required to satisfy the above criteria. Planning conditions or legal obligations may be necessary to ensure that any replacement sites are provided. Any replacement site should be available before the original site is lost.

Proposals to extend existing sites or to provide additional pitches within an existing site will be supported in principle, provided that, when considered against the criteria in part three of this policy, the proposal will not result in unsafe or unsustainable development.

Part Two: Allocated Sites

The following sites are identified on the Policies Map for the provision of Gypsy and Traveller pitches and are safeguarded for such use:

Ref

Site name/address

Indicative no. of pitches

Comments or specific requirements

COL/GT/001

Washingborough Road, Lincoln

5

Only land within flood zone 1 should be developed.

Proposals should avoid significant adverse impact on the Cow Paddle East, Cow Paddle Railway Embankment, and Canwick Road and St Swithin's Cemetery Local Wildlife Sites.

To be developed with consideration for existing Washingborough Road site – site should be delivered without compromising the amenities of the occupants of the existing site.

Within or includes an area of Biodiversity Opportunity – proposals on this site should incorporate the relevant Principles for Development within Biodiversity Opportunity Areas set out in Appendix 4

WL/GT/001

Trent Port Road, Marton

3-6

Within or includes an area of Biodiversity Opportunity – proposals on this site should incorporate the relevant Principles for Development within Biodiversity Opportunity Areas set out in Appendix 4

Development of these sites for Gypsy and Traveller use will be supported where they satisfy the criteria in Part Three of this policy.

Part Three: New Sites

Proposals for new sites for Gypsies, Travellers or Travelling Showpeople will be considered on their merits against the following criteria:

  1. The proposal should not conflict with other local or national policies relating to flood risk, contamination, landscape character, protection of the natural and built environment, heritage assets or agricultural land quality; and
  2. The proposal must have adequate and safe vehicular access including for emergency vehicles, other large vehicles and towed loads likely to frequent the site; and
  3. The proposal must have sufficient space for vehicle manoeuvring and parking within the site; and
  4. The proposal should provide an acceptable standard of amenity for the site’s occupants, and not have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of nearby residents (in accordance with Policy S53); and
  5. The proposal should be adequately serviced, or capable of being adequately serviced, preferably by mains connections; and
  6. For non-allocated sites, the proposal should be located within reasonable travelling distance to both primary health care facilities and schools, preferably by walking, cycling or public transport.

In addition to a)-f) above, proposals for new sites for Travelling Showpeople will be considered on their merits against the following supplementary criteria:

  1. The proposal should make adequate provision for the storage of vehicles, trailers, plant and other equipment sufficient to meet the occupants’ needs; and
  2. The proposal should be located with good access to the primary road network.