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

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Closes 15 Feb 2023

Questions

The Scottish Government seeks to better understand who the Gypsy/Traveller community are, across Scotland. They wish to better understand their needs so that the Scottish Planning system can be operated in a fairer way.

1 a). Scottish Government (Planning and Architecture Division) are considering the following statement to define the Gypsy/Traveller community for planning purposes. Do you agree with this statement?

View the statement

“For the purposes of section 16B(14) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 (evidence report for preparation of local development plan), “Gypsies and Travellers” means-

a) persons of or from a nomadic habit of life, whatever their race or origin, including-

  1. persons who have ceased to travel temporarily or permanently as a result of their own or their family’s (including dependants) educational needs, health needs, or old age, 
  2. members of an organised group of travelling show people or circus people (whether or not travelling together as such),
  3. persons who require the provision of land for temporary or permanent living (including the use of caravans as defined in section 16 of the Caravan Sites Act 1968),

b) persons with a cultural tradition of nomadism.”

1 b). If no, what changes would you seek?
2. What do you think councils should do to better involve the Gypsy/Traveller community in planning consultations and processes?
3 a). Do you believe that this (or any) definition will have an impact on businesses?
3 b). If so, do you imagine this to be positive or negative and why?
4 a). Do you believe that this (or any) definition will have an impact on certain groups of protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics

These are characteristics protected by law and include:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex/gender
  • sexual orientation
4 b). If so, do you imagine this to be positive or negative and why?