Planning for Traveller Sites and Managing Unauthorised Development & Encampments

Confirmed speakers:

  • Kate Green MP, Chair, APPG for Travellers, Gypsies and Roma
  • Joseph Jones, Founding Member of the Gypsy Co-operative and Romany activist
  • John Batty, Chief Inspector, Thames Valley Police
  • Michael Bullock, Managing Director, Arc4
  • Cllr Ric Pallister OBE, South Somerset District Council (event chair)
  • Dawn Taylor, Cheshire and Warrington Traveller Team Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Neill Whittaker, Chair, National Association for Planning Enforcement, Planning Associate, Ivy Legal
  • Heather Stevens, Principal Policy Planner, East Hampshire District Council


Following a public consultation, the Government recently announced new plans to tackle illegal traveller sites. While it has committed to strengthening a number of police powers, the emphasis in terms of local authorities is on supporting them to use their existing powers and to this end, new good practice guidance is planned. Through a Written Ministerial Statement, the Government is also "reminding local authorities of their duties to assess the need for transit sites, in addition to permanent sites" and that "they should work together with neighbouring authorities to ensure that areas of the country are not left without provision”.

Join Westminster Briefing on 6 June for an up to date brief on planning for traveller sites and managing unauthorised development & encampments. We will examine recent planning policy changes, the impact of proposed Government actions, and current good practice in site delivery and enforcement.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Technical changes required to bring Planning Policy for Traveller Sites up to date with the revised NPPF
  • Assessing accommodation needs in terms of both permanent & transit sites
  • Improving joint-working with neighbouring authorities
  • Government attempts to improve LA performance on site provision
  • Plans for new guidance on the use of LA enforcement powers
  • Permitting police to direct trespassers to sites in neighbouring LA areas
  • Lowering the threshold for an unauthorised encampment to 2 or more vehicles
  • Current good enforcement practice

About the event:

The morning session will focus traveller site provision with special consideration given to assessing need for, and delivering, temporary sites.

The afternoon session will examine Government plans for strengthening enforcement and current good practice.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in traveller site planning and enforcement, including: local planning authorities; police; housing services; legal teams & solicitors; housing & planning consultants; and representative groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Thursday 6th June 2019


11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Cavendish Venues – America Square, 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB

Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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