Planning for Traveller Sites and Managing Unauthorised Encampments in Your Local Area

The Conservative Party has pledged in its manifesto to “tackle unauthorised traveller camps” by giving the police new powers to arrest and seize the property and vehicles of trespassers on unauthorised encampments; a reform which the Home Office is currently consulting on. The manifesto follows: “We will make intentional trespass a criminal offence, and we will also give councils greater powers within the planning system.” This pledge is ahead of a recent public consultation in which the emphasis on local authorities was on supporting them to use their existing powers through revised planning practice guidance.

Join us in November for an up to date brief on how to plan for traveller sites and manage unauthorised encampments by utilising the planned new powers. We will examine recent planning practice and policy changes, the impact of proposed Government actions, and current good practice in site delivery and enforcement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand The Government’s introduction of greater powers within the planning system for traveller sites
  • Explore Revisions to the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) for traveller sites
  • Examine Issues to consider when determining applications for Traveller sites
  • Review accommodation needs in permanent and transit sites
  • Next Steps: The Government’s proposed new police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Vice-Chair, APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma
  • Roger King, Director, Safer Stronger Solutions (Event chair)
  • Dawn Taylor, Cheshire and Warrington Traveller Team Manager, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Joseph Jones, Founding Member of the Gypsy Co-operative and Romany activist
  • Mark Watson MBE, Cheshire Crimebeat Co-ordinator, Cheshire Constabulary
  • Bert Dean, Elmbridge Borough Commander, Surrey Police
  • Rachel Pinchin, Director of Operations & Business Developmentm, Elim Housing
  • Marc Willers QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers 
  • Michael Bullock, Managing Director, Arc4

The Event:

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online.

As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Access to recordings from all conference sessions post-event
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants
  • Delivered via Zoom Webinar, an accessible and user-friendly platform

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.

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Wednesday 11th November 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm

Event to be held online.

Private Sector | 1 Place: £395


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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