Gypsy and Traveller Allocation Policy

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Background

Since its inception in 2009, Cheshire West and Chester Council has sought to understand and take steps to meet the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers. In December 2009 the Council’s Executive agreed a Position Statement which provided a robust policy and procedural framework for addressing the future accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers and dealing with unauthorised encampments and developments. In 2010 the Council completed a site identification study; in 2011 agreed five sites to be developed by the Council to provide Gypsy and Traveller sites; secured planning permission for two sites in 2012-13; obtained funding and approval to build two sites in May 2013, and completed the construction of the two sites in November 2014.

Unlike with local authority houses and flats, where Housing Act 1996 Part VI applies, there is no specific statutory requirement that applies to the allocation of pitches on local authority sites. Nevertheless, as a public authority, the Council endeavours to organise and manage this process in a reasonable and transparent manner.

What we are consulting on

We want want to know what you think about the draft allocation policy, whether there are any gaps or omissions and what you think about the proposed priorities are for allocating pitches on the Council’s two sites.

Please read the draft allocation policy before giving us your views.

You can also comment on the Equality Impact Assessment.

How your views will be used

Your feedback will be used to gauge whether you are satisfied that the draft allocation policy is fit for purpose and does not disproportionally negatively affect members of the Travelling communities. It gives you an opportunity to comment on any omissions or revisions necessary.

Further information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

 

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