In order to assess the need for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in any local authority area, the local authority conducts what are sometimes referred to as Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessments (GTANAs).
Many councils are conducting new assessments since the Government changed the planning definition of what it means to be a ‘Gypsy or Traveller’ in 2015. If you don’t fit the new planning definition then you won’t be assessed as needing a pitch. Please see here for more details about the planning definition.
As the assessments are being done to work out if there is a need for more Gypsy/Traveller sites in your area, it is really important that you take part in the process so that your Council identifies the true level of need for sites in your area.
Your council will almost certainly employ consultants to carry out the assessment and you will probably be asked to complete a questionnaire. How you answer the assessment questions is really important as it will affect the number of pitches required in your area.
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT GTANAS, CONTACT US:
Friends, Families and Travellers
We provide advocacy casework, advice and information to Gypsies and Travellers on our national helpline.
Phone: 01273 234 777. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday from 10am-4.30pm, with the exception of bank holidays.
This is for information only. FFT does not endorse any organisation shared on the FFT website.
Correct as of January 2018.