Some good news, I think. I just left a recent conference about Traveller site policy feeling relatively positive. This is not because the national policy has improved; it hasn’t. In the past year I and many others have talked about how recent DCLG changes to Traveller site laws will only make a bad situation worse. That is still the case. The good news though is that some Local Authorities are taking pragmatic approaches. These efforts require encouragement and support.
Firstly, engaging with the debate is a positive first sign. That over thirty Local Authorities were represented at this briefing session suggested there to be an appetite, at least from some within their Council, to seek out help and input on Traveller Site need. Moreover, the questions asked from many, both during the main session and during the breaks, suggested a genuine desire to respond sensibly to the recent planning changes.