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Gypsy, traveller and travelling showpeople accommodation assessment (GTAA)

We have a legal duty to plan for adequate gypsy and traveller provision. The Medway Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) identifies the number of pitches for Gypsies and Travellers and plots for Travelling Showpeople that are needed within our borough.


Medway Council commissioned the Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford to produce a Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment. The primary purposes of this Assessment being to provide an evidence base to inform the future development of planning policies through the Local Plan and to inform planning application decisions. The new GTAA covers the period up to 2028.


The assessment was jointly commissioned with Tonbridge and Malling, Gravesham, Ashford and Swale Councils, and as such, fieldwork and subsequent reports were produced simultaneously, facilitating knowledge sharing across local authority boundary lines. By following a common methodology it helps us to compare the findings of our assessment with others across the county.


To assess travellers' housing needs, our consultants talked to local travellers to find out the facts about any overcrowding, whether travellers are doubled-up on pitches or plots, and what the future housing needs of young adults are likely to be. The feedback from the interviews and other data was analysed to calculate the need for new pitches and plots in Medway.


The Final GTAA (October 2013) identified a 5-year requirement of 13 gypsy and traveller pitches between 2013-18, and a total requirement of 22 pitches over the period 2013-28. However, Medway was found to have no additional requirement for travelling showpeople provision beyond the existing showman’s quarters site in Station Road, Strood.


Find further information in the Gypsy & Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment: Medway Council Final Report (2013) (pdf, 4,141KB).


The next steps are to identify potential land to accommodate new pitches and plots. This work will form part of the wider Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) and Local Plan processes. Further information can be found on the planning policy webpages.