Accommodation needs assessment
A needs assessment enables local authorities to comply with planning policy and legislation.
The Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2016 provides an evidence base to make sure we are planning to provide the right number of Gypsy and Traveller pitches and Travelling Showpeople plots in the future.
A Needs Assessment enables local authorities to comply with planning policy and legislation in the same way as we plan for the needs of the settled community.
The study covers the period between 2016 and 2036.
The study was produced by Opinion Research Services (ORS), a professional consultancy which undertakes this type of work for local authorities across England and Wales.
The study was commissioned by eight neighbouring local authorities, covering Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury.
The study into the needs of Gypsies and Travellers included visiting all known families living in the district to help establish their future needs.
Up to three visits were carried out to give the best chance of as many families as possible taking part in the study.
The assessment was carried out based on the current planning definition of a Gypsy, Traveller or Travelling Showperson, which is set out in Planning Policy for Travellers Sites (PPTS) published by the Government in August 2015.
The key change is that persons who have ceased to travel permanently will not now fall under the planning definition of a “Traveller”.
For South Cambridgeshire, the study identifies 20 pitches are needed up until 2036 for Gypsies and Travellers that meet the new definition.
However, this need could be met within existing sites or pitches that have yet to be built. Therefore no new sites are required for Gypsy & Travellers.
For Travelling Show people a need of 12 additional pitches has been identified for those that meet the new definition.
More information is available in the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2016.