Traveller Sites Allocations Document

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

Establishing needs

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.

Latest assessment

Mid Sussex Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2016)

Previous assessments

Meeting Need

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:

  1. The first proposes to safeguard existing authorised traveller sites
  2. The second proposes potential locations for permanent gypsy and traveller sites

More information: Traveller Sites Allocation Document frequently asked questions

Sustainability appraisal

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)

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.

Site search

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.

Next steps

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.

Small Scale Housing Allocations Development Plan Document

The Small Scale Housing Allocations DPD allocates small-scale sites for housing development. It was adopted in April 2008 and forms part of the Development Plan for the district, alongside the District Plan and Neighbourhood Plans.

It is a key part of the Mid Sussex Local Development Framework.

Documents

Previously developed (brownfield) sites - maps

Map key

Greenfield sites - maps

Map key

Site Allocations Document

We are preparing a Site Allocations Document which will identify sufficient housing sites to provide a five year housing land supply to 2031. It will also make sure that enough land is allocated to meet identified employment needs.

The preparation of a Site Allocations Document also provides an opportunity to safeguard land for other uses such as community buildings or green infrastructure.

The timetable for the preparation of the document is as follows:

  • Regulation 18 – Issues and Options Consultation – Summer 2019
  • Regulation 19 – Pre-Submission Consultation – Winter 2019/2020
  • Submission for Examination – Spring 2020
  • Adoption – Winter 2020

Further information regarding the progress of the preparation of the Site Allocations Document can be found here.

Last updated: 16 July 2018