The Housing Act Wales (2014) requires that all local authorities in Wales must identify the Housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers in its area and make provision for any needs identified.
Welsh Government approved the Denbighshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) in March 2017, which identified that there is a need for 6 residential pitches on a permanent site and 4-5 transit pitches (short-stay).
View the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
Denbighshire County Council has formed a project team to work on delivering this project. The project plan sets out the following next steps:
- Review all Local Authority owned land and undertake a public Call for Land in order to identify best possible locations - The Call for Land started on 13th September and closed on 8th November 2017;
- Undertake appraisal of land considering locations against planning criteria and Welsh Government guidance on designing Gypsy and Traveller sites;
- Cabinet decision on preferred locations to develop to planning stage;
- Ensure land is feasible and develop detailed designs;
- Undertake public consultation;
- Submit an application for planning permission.
Who pays for it?
The law says that Local Authorities have a duty to deliver these sites. However, over the next few years there is funding available from Welsh Government to pay for the development of the sites. Rent from the residents would cover the on-going costs once the sites are built.
What are the timescales?
It is difficult to know exactly how long this project will take to complete but the sites are unlikely to be ready to accept residents for at least another 2 years.
At the moment, the focus is on looking to see what suitable land there is available in the County. No decision will be made on the location until a report with recommendations is taken to the Council’s Cabinet to consider.
Once preferred locations have been approved by Cabinet to take forward to the next stage there will still be a lot of work to complete before we know whether those locations will be suitable for development.
If the locations are suitable for development, there will be a process of consultation before the submission of a formal planning application can be progressed. It is unlikely that this will happen until the end of 2018 at the earliest.
How can I have find out more/have my say?
- Consultation activities will be organised when we are sure, the proposed land is suitable for development.
- All parties have the opportunity to raise planning concerns through the statutory consultation process as part of any planning application
We will keep these web pages up to date and add further information and dates as they are agreed.
More information about the Gypsy and Traveller culture and lifestyle and the reasons why these sites are important can be found here:
Gypsy and traveller Myth Buster