SDC consultation – draft Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople SPD


sarah brooke-taylor


Stratford-on-Avon District Council is holding a public consultation between 7 January and 19 February 2021 on the draft Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople SPD.

What is the purpose of the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)?

The SPD is one of a number of SPDs that accompanies the Council’s adopted Core Strategy, and provides detailed advice and guidance to applicants when submitting planning applications relating to Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation. When finished (adopted), it will be used by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to help reach decisions on whether to approve or refuse planning applications.

What does it include?

The consultation draft sets out the need for additional Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation within the District and identifies areas where new sites may be suitable, subject to planning permission, as well as guidance on what any new sites should look like in respect of their design and layout.  The SPD does not allocate specific land for new permanent sites as this can only be done through a higher level policy document. Prepared as an interim measure, the contents of the SPD will be subsumed into a Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan in due course. The Council has started work on a Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan and is currently exploring options to identify new permanent sites.

How to Comment

The best way to view the consultation documents is online at

Subject to changing restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, it may also be available to view at the District Council offices (Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday) and at main public libraries across the District. Please check current restrictions before you visit.

Please use the online consultation form so it is clear which part of the SPD your comments relate to.

Alternatively, please email comments / completed forms to
or post them to: Planning Policy, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX.

If you have any queries regarding the consultation please contact the Policy Team on 01789 260334 or email