Environment Minister Alex Attwood has just launched consultation on an amended policy aimed at meeting the particular accommodation needs of Travellers. This is in response to our work over many years (with Craigavon Travellers Support Committee and others) to get changes to the current policy which in our view treats the Traveller community unfairly. The amendment provides policy for serviced sites for Travellers outside settlement limits (which are not permitted under current planning policy).
Over the coming months we will be working with Traveller groups to advise and help them respond to the consultation.
The consultation document (Draft Policy HS 3 (Amended) of PPS 12 - Housing in Settlements) can be downloaded here. The consultation closes on 30 September 2011.