'Suitable locations' for Gypsy and Traveller sites to be determined by the LLDC

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5105
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to David Goldstone's response to Q2017/4149, how and when will "suitable locations" for Gypsy and Traveller sites be determined by the LLDC, and when can we expect development of such locations to begin?"

Answer

Answer for 'Suitable locations' for Gypsy and Traveller sites to be determined by the LLDC

Answer for 'Suitable locations' for Gypsy and Traveller sites to be determined by the LLDC

Answered By: 
The Mayor

'Suitable locations' for Gypsy and Traveller sites have been determined as part of the LLDC's current Local Plan (2015-2031). In 2014 LLDC commissioned a 'Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment' and a 'Gypsy and Traveller Site Assessment' to inform the approach to planning for these needs within the Local Plan. These studies examined the level of need for provision for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation and the potential for sites that might be available to meet that need. This provided evidence for the LLDC Local Plan both for its Gypsy and Traveller policy and in the identification of one potential new location for a Gypsy and Traveller site.

LLDC is now in the early stages of reviewing its Local Plan and has commissioned a housing requirements study that will include a review of the previous Gypsy and Traveller related evidence. That report is due to be received by the end of the year and made publicly available early in 2018. This, along with the current public consultation, will help to inform whether any changes are needed to the approach to the current policy and sites.

I have made funding available through the Homes for Londoners 2016-21 Affordable Homes Programme for the provision of new pitches to assist boroughs in meeting identified need.