Gypsy/Traveller Accommodation Need Assessment (GTANA) and Travelling Show People Accommodation Need (TSPAN)

Doncaster Council undertakes a periodic assessment of Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Need (GTAN) and Travelling Show People Accommodation Need (TSPAN) as part of its wider analysis of housing need. An understanding of these accommodation needs are essential to make properly planned provision and avoid the problems associated with ad-hoc or unauthorised provision and to greatly strengthen the ability of the local authority to respond swiftly and positively to inappropriate unauthorised developments and encampments.

Key Themes:

  1. National Context
  2. Local Context
  3. Unauthorised Pitches
  4. Unauthorised pitches with temporary permission
  5. Pitch Waiting List (council)
  6. Pitch Waiting List (private)
  7. Planning applications
  8. Households living in houses wanting a pitch
  9. Households living outside Doncaster wanting to move to Doncaster
  10. Household growth

Headline Findings:

  • Doncaster has a significant gypsy and traveller community base, with estimates ranging greatly from around 590 (2011 Census) to other local estimates of 4000+ (source of estimate unknown). These estimates equate to between 0.2% and 1.3% of the total population.
  • Current Provision:
    1. Council-owned sites (65 plots): Sprotbrough, Armthorpe, Thorne, Long Sandall
    2. Privately-owned sites (250+ plots): Armthorpe, Askern, Barnby Dun, Bentley, Dunscroft, Hatfield Woodhouse, Kirkhouse Green, Mexborough Stainforth, Sutton, Sykehouse, Thorne, Tickhill, Toll Bar, Wheatley
  • The analysis shows a strong correlation between Doncaster’s G/T population age-profile and the national G/T population age-profile. The 10-14yrs and 15-19yrs age groups represent the groups that are most likely to form new households within the next 5 years. Doncaster’s G/T population has a smaller proportion in these bands than the national population (1-2 percentage point difference).

  •  There are 36 unauthorised G/ T pitches on 5 existing authorised sites and 19 unauthorised pitches on 11 unauthorised private sites. There are currently 0 unauthorised pitches on council sites and 0 unauthorised pitches on the roadside. This gives a total of 55 unauthorised pitches.

  • There are currently 48 Travelling Show People households living on 9 sites. All of these are privately owned/managed sites; there are no Council owned sites. On these 9 sites, 48 households are authorised with planning permission. There are potentially 19 households occupying their sites/pitches without planning permission – no records can be found. However, all of these have been onsite for many years and would be immune from any enforcement action should the local authority wish to take it (this is not the case).

  • There are currently 24 households on the council PWL, waiting for available pitches on four council-owned sites. There are no households on the private PWL.

  • There has been a significant reduction in the number of planning applications in the last 3 years. In 2017, there were no applications and in 2016 there was only 1 application. In 2015, there were 4 applications, 3 of which were for the formalisation of existing sites and 1 was for a household already based on a council plot.

  • There are 5 households currently living in conventional housing (private); of these 5 households, there are 2 households that have not been contactable by phone and have not responded to letters when vacant plots have been offered to them.

  • There is no additional need identified for households living in housing or living outside of Doncaster.

  • By totalling the number of G/T households on authorised pitches with the total demand figure from unauthorised sites, waiting lists, planning applications, bricks and mortar housing wanting a pitch, and those living out of area wanting a pitch, gives the total G/T households currently living on, or wanting to live on a pitch in Doncaster. Taking the assumed annual growth rate of 1.5% each year gives a household growth figure of 18 over 5 years.

  • By totalling the number of Travelling Show People households on authorised pitches with the total demand figure from unauthorised sites, waiting lists, planning applications, bricks and mortar housing wanting a pitch, and those living out of area wanting a pitch, gives the total households currently living on, or wanting to live on a pitch in Doncaster. Taking the assumed annual growth rate of 1.5% each year gives a household growth figure of 6 over 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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