Gypsy and Traveller Sites plan
A call for sites is now underway to help identify potential
Gypsy and Traveller sites in Bedford Borough.
The call for sites forms part of the Issues and Options stage in
the development of the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Plan, which
identifies site allocations for Gypsy and Traveller sites.
The call for sites continues until 28th November 2011. It
provides an opportunity for anyone to put forward sites they
consider suitable and available for allocation as a Gypsy and
All suggestions of sites must be based on a site assessment,
demonstrating suitability, availability and deliverability of land
for Gypsy and Traveller use.
Guidance on how to undertake site assessments as well as the
appraisal form can be downloaded from the Council’s website
Councillor Sarah Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community
and Regulatory Services, said: “The Gypsy and Traveller Sites plan
is a vital document for Bedford Borough. It will help to provide
permanent sites for gypsies and travellers which should also help
to reduce the number of illegal encampments in the borough.
“All sites submitted will be considered on a range of criteria,
including suitability and availability before being included in a
draft plan which will then be the subject of consultation.”
The Council will consider all sites suggested and assess their
suitability for inclusion in the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Plan.
Once adopted as a Development Plan Document, the Gypsy and
Traveller Sites Plan will form part of the Bedford Development
Previously, the allocation of Gypsy and Traveller sites was
intended to form part of the Allocations and Designations Plan.
However that did not accord with Regional Spatial Strategy targets
and, along with local authorities across the country, the council
had anticipated the abolition of these targets based on
pronouncements by Government. Until the Localism Bill is enacted,
the Council is obliged to plan to meet those targets which the Bill
is planned to remove. It is therefore necessary for the Council to
review its proposals for additional Gypsy and Traveller Pitches. In
light of this the council has separated this element of the
Allocations and Designations Plan from the rest and a Gypsy and
Traveller Sites Plan is now being produced.