Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessments (GTANA)

Find out what Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessments are used for and how you can take part.


What is a Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment?

Gypsy and Traveller Needs Assessment is a study done by the local council. It finds out what the housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers are in the area.

Why is this Important?

Your council needs to know if more sites are needed for Gypsies and Travellers in your area. It is important for you to take part in this process so they can understand the real need.

Who Will be Asked?

The council will talk to:

  • Social housing providers
  • Representatives of Gypsies and Travellers communities
  • Landowners in the area
How Will the Assessment Happen?

The council will hire consultants to do the assessment. You will probably be asked to fill out a questionnaire. How you answer these questions is very important because it will affect how many pitches (places for caravans) are needed.

What if You Live in a House?

Even if you live in a house, the council might still want to hear from you. Many Travellers live in houses because they have no other choice, but they may prefer to live a nomadic life.

What Should You Do?

Please read our information leaflet. It will help you understand how to fill out the questionnaire.

Definition of Gypsies and Travellers under Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS):

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 or permanently, but excluding members of an organised group of travelling showpeople or circus people travelling together as such.

If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the Friends, Families and Travellers helpline on 01273 234 777. We are open Monday to Friday10am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

Correct as of June 2024.

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