Housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers

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 & Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (GTANA) 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 & Traveller Accommodation Needs 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
  • Ensure land is feasible and develop detailed designs. 
  • Undertake 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 – 3 years.   

At the moment, the focus is on looking to see what suitable land there is available in the County and this will take a number of months to do thoroughly so we don’t expect to have ideas on locations until 2018.