Waveney Local Plan

Gypsies and Travellers

8.29 Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2015) emphasizes the need for Local Planning Authorities to use their own evidence to plan positively for gypsy and traveller needs. Waveney District Council along with Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils and Ipswich Borough Council have commissioned a Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment. This identifies a requirement for 17 additional pitches for gypsies and travellers in Waveney over the period 2016-2036.

8.30 The Planning Policy for Traveller Sites defines gypsies and travellers as: "Persons of nomadic habit of life whatever their race or origin, including such persons who on grounds only of their own or their family's or dependants' educational or health needs or old age have ceased to travel temporarily, but excluding members of an organised group of travelling showpeople or circus people travelling together as such".

8.31 Policy WLP8.5 below sets out a criteria based policy to support the development and extension of gypsy and traveller sites. Given the differing accommodation needs and limited potential for development within built-up areas, the Policy allows for development of gypsy and traveller sites within the Countryside where residential development would not normally be permitted. However, there should still be good access to services and facilities and limited impact on the local character of the area.

8.32 Neighbourhood Plans can positively allocate new sites for gypsy and travellers to help accommodate local needs. 

Policy WLP8.5 - Gypsy and Traveller Sites

New sites to meet the accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers will be permitted within Settlement Boundaries and within the Countryside where:

  • The site will provide accommodation for gypsies and travellers, as defined in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015 and any updates);
  • Schools, services and shops are within easy travelling distance, preferably by foot, cycle or public transport;
  • The site is (or can be) served by adequate water and sewerage connections;
  • The site is not located within Flood Zones 2 or 3;
  • There will be no adverse impact on the amenity of nearby residents or operations of adjoining land users; and
  • The development respects the scale of and does not dominate the nearest settled community and avoids placing an undue pressure on local infrastructure.

Neighbourhood Plans can allocate new sites for gypsy and travellers to help accommodate local needs.