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4.12.12 4.12.13 As part of the mix of affordable housing, developments should also consider the needs of specialist accommodation and how a site could contribute towards delivering them. This may include provision for affordable Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople pitches and / or plots in line with any needs identified through the latest Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment and the SHMA. This would include the needs of these communities who are identified either within or outside the Government’s definition set out through the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites. To allow for delivery of rural affordable housing, it may be necessary to make an exception to the general locational requirements of Policy SP2 in accordance with Policy SD10. A strategic approach to rural exception sites is therefore provided as part of Policy SD12. When considering proposals for housing on rural exception sites, local authorities will consider whether allowing a limited proportion of market housing would facilitate the provision of new affordable housing. Further policy and guidance will be provided in District plans where required. 4.12.14 4.12.15 4.12.16 Delivery Affordable housing will be secured through planning conditions and obligations, including Section 106 agreements. Planning conditions and obligations will also be used to ensure that affordable housing remains at an affordable price for future eligible households. Delivery will be by developers, registered providers and specialist housing providers working in partnership with local authorities and, in certain circumstances, the Homes and Communities Agency. Early pre-application discussions will be expected in all affordable housing negotiations. Where necessary, District plans will support this policy by providing further policies and guidance on implementation. The JCS approach to affordable housing delivery is to balance provision across the JCS area. It is, however, recognised that affordable housing need varies across the area with higher levels of need in Gloucester City than other districts. To ensure that provision meets localised needs, the JCS authorities will therefore need to employ a partnership approach to affordable housing nominations. Within the Strategic Allocations, this affordable housing partnership will have a critical role in determining the proportion of new affordable housing to be allocated to each local authority district. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 70

SD13 – GYPSIES, TRAVELLERS & TRAVELLING SHOWPEOPLE Background 4.13.1 ‘Planning Policy for Traveller Sites’ (PPTS) was first published by the Government in March 2012 and aligned planning policy for traveller communities more closely with other forms of housing. It introduced, for example, the requirement for councils to demonstrate a five-year supply of pitches / plots against locally-assessed targets based on robust local evidence. A replacement to the original 2012 PPTS was first published on the 31 August 2015 by the Department of Communities and Local Government, which provides a new definition of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople for planning purposes. Under the new guidance only those people of nomadic habit of life, including those that have ceased to travel temporarily on grounds only of their own / their family or dependants educational or health needs or old age, are defined as Travellers in planning terms. For the purposes of establishing the need for sites and yards in light of the change to the definition and to identify the resulting needs of both travelling households and non-travelling households, an up to date Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) was completed in March 2017, replacing the Gloucestershire Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment (GTTSAA) 2013. This update provides a robust and credible evidence base to inform plan making. 4.13.2 The JCS area has long-established Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople communities. There are many reasons for this, including excellent road connections, proximity of land close to the urban areas for access to services and employment opportunities, and strong family ties. Tewkesbury Borough is home to the majority of communities within the JCS area. Policy SD13 sets out criteria to guide site allocations in District plans and to help determine planning applications for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople communities. The supporting text further details the number of pitches and plots, identified through the GTAA (2017), that are required between 2016 and 2031. Policy SD11 further provides a hook to ensure the needs of those members of the community who do not meet the planning definition are addressed through District plans. Site allocations to provide for this need will be considered through the District plans. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 71

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