The Housing Portfolio Holder approved the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2011 on 13 June 2012. This approval included a correction to the methodology that resulted in a reduction to the projected future need for new pitches estimated for South Cambridgeshire. The revised figures for South Cambridgeshire are included in the Report to the Portfolio Holder: Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment - Internal Review.
The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2011 is a desk based update of the previous Accommodation Needs Assessment (published in 2006) and was undertaken by Cambridgeshire County Council's Research Group. The update was carried out to provide an up-to-date evidence base to inform plan making in each district and to meet the requirement set out in the Housing Act 2004.
The new Accommodation Needs Assessment calculates need between 2011 and 2031 for each of the nine districts in the study area: South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.
The assessment and the committee report and decisions for the Housing Portfolio Holder Meeting on 13 June 2012 are available to download:
The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2006 was undertaken by academics from Anglia Ruskin University and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. The assessment used primary research (interview surveys) and secondary data (e.g. caravan counts) to calculate need between 2005 and 2010.
The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2006 and a summary report are available to download: