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

At Dods, what we do best is produce cutting-edge content and partner with the best thought-leaders - to bring to you insights, the latest policy information, best practice and an opportunity to exchange exciting ideas with peers. As, for now, you cannot join us at our live events, we will bring them to you, in the safety of your homes and offices. The Traveller Sites Briefing goes online! 

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
  • Alistair Allender, Group Chief Executive, Elim Housing
  • Marc Willers QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers 
  • Michael Bullock, Managing Director, Arc4


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.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • The Government’s introduction of greater powers within the planning system for traveller sites
  • Revisions to the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) for traveller sites
  • Issues to consider when determining applications for Traveller sites
  • Assessing accommodation needs in permanent and transit sites
  • The Government’s proposed new police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments
  • Current local authority and police powers for dealing with unauthorised encampments
  • Acting on evidence: Making enforcement decisions based on counts of permitted and unpermitted sites

About the event:

The morning session will focus traveller site provision with special consideration given to assessing need for, and delivering, temporary sites.

The afternoon session will examine Government plans for strengthening enforcement and current good practice.

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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