Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Local Plan

Appendix 1 - Definitions

Development Plan / Local Plan - A Development Plan is a series of documents that set out the local authority's policies and proposals for the development and use of land in their area. The Development Plan as a whole guides and shapes day-to-day decisions as to whether or not planning permission should be granted. The main development plan for Ashford is the Local Plan 2030.

GTAA – Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2018, undertaken by consultants on behalf of the Council. This document assesses the current site and pitch provision and sets out the accommodation needs for the travelling community in Ashford.

Gypsy / Traveller – All members of the Gypsy and Traveller community – not necessarily a particular race or ethnic group. National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS), August 2015 sets out the definition of Gypsies and Travellers. For planning purposes, the Government defines Gypsies, Traveller and travelling showpeople 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.

Pitch Need – The ‘Need’ is the amount of pitches that have been identified to meet the requirements of the Traveller community in the borough for the Plan period. The GTAA separates the Pitch need between those residents who meet the planning definition of Gypsy and Traveller in Annex 1 of PPTS, and those who, whilst culturally define themselves as Gypsy or Traveller, do not meet the current planning definition. We refer to these different calculations as ‘PPTS Need’ and ‘Cultural Need’ in this document. Overall, PPTS Need is a lower amount of need than Cultural Need.

Pitch – A pitch can be singular or within a group of pitches on a larger site. A pitch contains the caravans and amenity spaces required for 1 ‘household’. This is quite often static caravan, a tourer caravan, an amenity block, parking and outside space, but can be smaller or larger depending on specific household size and need.

PPTS – Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015 – the national policy guidance for planning for the Gypsy and Traveller Community housing needs. The document guides the production of this Local Plan.

Settled community – Residents of the borough who usually live in standard bricks and mortar housing and do not identify as a Traveller.

Site – A site which is occupied by or allocated for Gypsies and/or Travellers – this can contain more than 1 pitch.

Transit sites - are for Gypsies and Traveller on the move through the area and are for short term occupation only.

Travelling showpeople - Culturally similar but distinct from Romani Gypsies, travelling showpeople run funfairs and circuses. They ordinarily over-winter at sites with sufficient space to store and repair machinery and equipment meaning that their site requirements differ from other traveller groups.