The South Worcestershire Councils (Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon) are in the process of preparing a Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) that will identify land to accommodate Travellers and Travelling Showpeople across south Worcestershire. The DPD will identify a supply of deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of pitches / plots against the level of need identified in the 2014 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA). The DPD will also identify a supply of developable sites or broad locations for growth for years 6 to 10 (2019/20 to 2023/24) and, where possible, for years 11-15 (2024/25 to 2028/29).
As part of this process, the South Worcestershire Councils undertook a ‘Call for Sites’ which provided an opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest any sites that they considered might be suitable for allocation as a Traveller or Travelling Showperson site. Proposals could have been for either new sites or an expansion or intensification of an existing site. Proposals were invited for permanent residential sites or transit sites / temporary stopping places.
All sites submitted underwent a rigorous assessment against specific criteria to assess their potential suitability. Submitting a site for consideration did not guarantee that it will be found suitable or that it would be allocated as part of the emerging DPD. Any sites that are included within the DPD would still be required to follow the normal planning procedures in securing planning permission.
The Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations DPD Call for Sites concluded at 9am on 30 March 2015.