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The 2004 Housing Act placed a duty on all local authorities to undertake an assessment of the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers (G&Ts) to ensure that these communities have equal access to decent and appropriate accommodation options akin to each and every member of society.

 

The introduction of the new planning system (Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004), provides for an evidence based, strategic and regional system, in which the needs and wider demand of the Gypsy and Traveller communities for suitable accommodation can be considered alongside other sectors of the community.

 

The Council has recently undertaken a Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Assessment( GTAA ) jointly with a number of authorities along the A5 corridor (South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, North Warkwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Rugby).

 

The findings of the GTAA will need to feed into the overall assessment of need in the region to inform the Phase 3 revision of the Regional Spatial Strategy. This revision should then identify the number of pitches required (but not their location) for each Local Planning Authority.

 

It is expected that the Phase 3 Revision will not be submitted to the Secretary of State until summer 2009.

Links

The GTAA report and the Executive Summary can be viewed in full below:

 

PDF Document: Southern Staffordshire and Northern Warwickshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment - Final Report (3.68 MB)

 

PDF Document: Executive Summary: Southern Staffordshire and Northern Warwickshire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (87 KB)

Contacts

We would welcome any queries or comments you may have on the briefings or if you need any further housing market information please contact us on the following details.

 

Strategic Housing
South Staffordshire Council
Wolverhampton Road
Codsall
Wolverhampton
WV8 1PX


Telephone: (01902) 696438 or 696631
Email: housingstrategy@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

 

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