Gypsy and Traveller sites
Everyone has rights, including Travellers/Gypsies and people on whose land unauthorised camping takes place.
Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language or values. The following information sets out how we and other official agencies will work to try to balance the rights of all those involved.
Working in partnership, the councils and the police in Dorset have signed up to a joint protocol which is intended to ensure a corporate and agreed response to unauthorised traveller encampments. The partners to the protocol agree to deal with each case of unauthorised camping according to the situation that arises and the needs of all concerned including residents in the settled community, tourists, business partners and travellers.
The Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Service operated by Dorset County Council helps local councils, the police, local landowners and the Gypsy and Traveller community in this partnership working. Their pages also give answers to frequently asked questions about unauthorised encampments.
The Government now requires local authorities to plan more positively for new Gypsy and Traveller sites where it is shown that they are needed. As a result, all of the local authorities in Dorset are now working together to produce a Development Plan Document (DPD), which will allocate permanent and transit sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople to meet identified needs for the next 15 years. To find out more, go to the Dorset-wide Gypsy and Traveller pitch allocations pages.
Residents often ask why the council and the police do not evict Gypsies and Travellers as soon as they arrive on a public open space or other land. Here are some frequently asked questions which we hope will explain why.
Sensitive management and effective solutions.
Site allocations plan
Latest news - the consultation period has now closed. All consultation and background documents are available on the Useful Information page.
New planning policy for gypsies and travellers
The government is committed to ensuring that members of the Gypsy and Traveller community have the same rights and responsibilities as every other citizen.
Proposed Shaftesbury Traveller Site
Planning permission for the proposed Shaftesbury Traveller Site was granted by Dorset County Council's Planning Committee in March 2011.