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Gypsy and Travellers

Planning for Gypsy and Travellers

National legislation and policy require councils in England to provide for the accommodation needs of travellers.

Therefore any Gypsy and Traveller planning policies through assessment and consultation will make provision for additional:

  • permanent traveller pitches
  • showpeople plots
  • transit pitches

We will also consider the allocation of emergency stop over places.

Latest Progress

Local Development Scheme

A review of the Wiltshire Local Plan is included within the latest Local Development Scheme. The work being undertaken as part of the Wiltshire Local Plan review will incorporate the work previously proposed as part of the Gypsy and Traveller DPD.

The Wiltshire Local Plan Review process will take forward the outcomes of the consultation on the scope of the Gypsy and Traveller DPD and evidence prepared to inform the traveller plan which was completed in 2014. The purpose of the review will include the assessment of the future levels of need for new Gypsy and Traveller accomodation.

For all the latest information and documentation available as part of the Wiltshire Local Plan review process please visit the following webpage.

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Residential Boaters Survey 2017

Wiltshire Council undertook a survey amongst residential boaters on the Kennet and Avon Canal in the summer of 2017. The purpose of the survey was to improve information on the accommodation needs of boaters. The below report will form part of the evidence base for the Wiltshire Local Plan review which is now underway and scheduled to conclude in 2021, as set out in the 2017 Local Development Scheme which can be accessed here.

  • You can read the Boaters Survey here

Comments or questions can be directed to the Spatial Planning Team at 01225 713223 or spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Useful Information


The Wiltshire Core Strategy as part of the development plan for Wiltshire remains the starting point in determining new proposals. The pitch requirements included in Core Policy 47 remain relevant as do the specific criteria which need to be met to determine whether a proposal is in a suitable location. However, the Wiltshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) is recognised as new data that will form a material consideration in determining planning applications for traveller sites, particularly in relation to the detailed information it provides for individual sites.

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The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) was published in December 2014 to inform the production of a Gypsy and Traveller DPD. However, the identification of suitable sites affected progress and the Government’s change in the definition of Gypsy and Travellers in the National Planning Policy Framework, after the publication of the GTAA, now requires further consideration. This work has now been incorporated into the Wiltshire Local Plan review.

The GTAA was conducted by independent consultants in line with government guidance. It concluded that overall there is a requirement for 90 traveller pitches between 2014 and 2029; and 7 additional plots for travelling showpeople. The GTAA also recommends developing a network of emergency stop-over sites in three broad areas: Salisbury, Royal Wootton Bassett, and Trowbridge.

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Since August 2015 there have been legislative and policy changes at national level which may have implications on the evidence base of the DPD. The Government changed the definition of ‘gypsies and travellers’ in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS) and the Planning and Housing Bill 2016 adds a duty to consider provision for sites on inland waterways for houseboats. The impact of both these changes is currently under review and will be considered as part of the Local Plan Review.

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Private land supply has been consistently poor despite a Call for Sites which remains open to date.
Interested landowners can register sites with the council for consideration and assessment, if you have a site which you would like to be considered as part of this process please visit the SHLAA section our Monitoring & Evidence webpage and use the call for sites form or contact the Spatial Planning Team directly spatialplanningpolicy@wiltshire.gov.uk
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Last updated: 3 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 3 October 2018