Last Modified February 01, 2013
We have a duty to provide accommodation for the Gypsy and Traveller community. We are required to provide one pitch by April 2013 and two additional pitches per year thereafter. This level of need was set out as a requirement by the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) and is based on research that was carried out by The Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) of Birmingham University.
Although EERA has been abolished, the legal requirement to provide the number of pitches that had been outlined still stands, and we continues to have a legal duty to provide one more pitch by April 2013 and a further 10 pitches by 2017.
Hertsmere, working with six other local authorities, commissioned independent research to identify potential areas for pitches across south and west Hertfordshire in light of the required need.
The full research - called the Scott Wilson report – is detailed below, identified 21 potential areas in Hertsmere which could be suitable to accommodate Travellers and Gypsies. We are not in any way committed to any of the sites however and we are currently carrying out our own detailed assessment of the locations identified in the report, as well as other locations which could be used, including any extension of existing sites.
Read the Scott Wilson Report
• Complete Scott Wilson Report
Note: This is a very large document (167 MB) and may take a long time to download in full.