Local development plan evidence report - defining Gypsies and Travellers: consultation

Closes 15 Feb 2023

Opened 21 Dec 2022


The Scottish Government wants to ensure planning authorities properly involve the Gypsy/Traveller community in planning the future of their places. The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 therefore requires planning authorities to seek the views of Gypsies and Travellers in preparing Evidence Report for their Local Development Plans (LDPs) and to include a summary of the action taken by planning authorities to meet accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers.

 A previous consultation in late 2021/early 2022 on Local Development Plan regulations and guidance proposed to hold a separate consultation on the definition of Gypsies and Travellers for the above purposes, to enable targeted involvement of the community and an explanation of the specific matters associated with this requirement. 

We are now seeking views on a proposed definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’ for the specific purposes of the planning legislation. 

We will take account of views received to inform the drafting of secondary legislation, which provides the legal framework for preparing Local Development Plans (LDPs). We want to engage with members of the Gypsy/Traveller community and other travelling communities.  We want to hear from those working closely with them, third sector organisations/representative bodies of the Gypsy/Traveller community and local authorities.

Read the consultation paper 

Why your views matter

We want to establish the most appropriate definition of ‘Gypsies and Travellers’.  This is needed to enable planning authorities implementing the legislation to have a better understanding of who the Gypsy/Traveller community are and how their needs can be met. We want to hear views on our proposed definition, any issues and what changes would make it better.

Input to this consultation will inform the definition for planning purposes.  The definition is relevant to the way planning authorities plan for the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers. It will enable the community to voice their needs to planning authorities and promote relationships with the community going forward.

The engagement will help to fulfil the requirements of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. Responses will be published along with final impact assessments.

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