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caravanA Icon for pdf Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show Person Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) [2.17MB] was carried out in 2017. The assessment highlighted a change to Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) in August 2015 which means that the definition of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople for planning purposes no longer takes into account 'persons who have ceased to travel permanently'. Such persons are not now included in the GTAA accommodation assessment of need and must be picked up through other means such as a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) or Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA).

At the time of the 2017 assessment in Gateshead's Oakwell Park site there were 9 households who had 'ceased to travel permanently'. 10 households did not engage in the assessment and their status is unknown. There was 1 vacant pitch. The final report of the GTAA states that there is a need for a further 3 pitches for those unknown households who may meet the definition and a further 4 pitches for those that don't.[1]

The 'snapshot in time' Traveller Caravan Count illustrates how difficult it can be to meet the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller community due to their transitory nature. Over the last few years, the number of caravans on the day of the count has varied (every 6 months) from 40 in July 2013 to 34, 25, 27, 27, 23,4, 21, 27, 29, 26, 24, and 20 in July 2019.[2]

[1] Gateshead and Newcastle Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show Person Accommodation Assessment (GTAA), Aug 2017

[2] DCLG, Count of Traveller Caravans, July 2019 (GOV.uk website)

Last modified on 9th January 2020

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