Mid Sussex District Council is committed to developing sustainable communities that are safe, healthy and inclusive.
Providing the amount and type of housing that meets the needs of all sectors of the community - including gypsies and travellers - will:
- Contribute towards a better quality of life
- Promote better integration and co-existence with the settled community
- Reduce the number of unauthorised encampments
The Traveller Sites Allocations Document represents a positive approach to meeting the existing and future need for permanent Gypsy and Traveller accommodation in Mid Sussex for the period to 2031 - and to also meet the requirements of the Government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites.
The Government's Planning Policy for Traveller Sites requires us to:
- Establish needs
- Identify a sufficient supply of sites to meet this need
- Provide five years’ worth of supply of sites set against a locally set target
The Mid Sussex Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment sets out the required site provision for Gypsies and Travellers within Mid Sussex (outside of the South Downs National Park) for the period to 2031.
Mid Sussex Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2016)
The Traveller Sites Allocations Document
Public consultation was held on the Traveller Sites Allocations Development Plan Document - Consultation Draft (August 2014) and its accompanying documents between August and September 2014.
A further period of public consultation is planned.
More information: Mid Sussex Community Involvement Plan
The Traveller Sites Allocations Document contains two draft policies:
- The first proposes to safeguard existing authorised traveller sites
- The second proposes potential locations for permanent gypsy and traveller sites
More information: Traveller Sites Allocation Document frequently asked questions
A sustainability appraisal has been carried out for the Traveller Sites Allocations Document to make sure that the plan being prepared is the most sustainable.
Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
A Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report (August 2014) has been carried out for the Traveller Sites Allocations Development Plan Document.
This is to assess any likely significant effects on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as a result of recreational disturbance and atmospheric pollution.
A Draft Mid Sussex Traveller Sites Study (August 2014) has been carried out to look at all reasonable options for sites that could be used as permanent gypsy and traveller accommodation.
The process included a ‘call for sites’ that asked all the district’s town and parish councils to submit potential sites within their areas.
The Traveller Sites Allocations Document will be reviewed in light of the responses made to the public consultation. This means it does not represent final council policy. This will be decided by elected councillors.
The process will also consider any further sites submitted to or identified since the publication of the Draft Traveller Sites Study.
The Allocations Document also needs to be formally assessed at an independent public examination before any site is allocated.