Survey by De Montfort University on behalf of Mid Devon District Council

Through their Housing Advisers Programme, the Local Government Association have funded a short research project, being project-led by Mid-Devon planning authority who have commissioned De Montfort University in Leicester to undertake the work.  The research team, between now and early Spring, will talk with planners, developers and other stakeholders, to establish the key barriers that local planning authorities face in negotiating inclusion of Gypsy Traveller sites in local plans – most particularly in urban extension areas.  This survey is one part of that set of conversations, and it will remain open to collect answers until 31st January 2020. The research lead at De Montfort University is Jo Richardson, you can make contact with her on jrichardson@dmu.ac.uk 

The following short set of questions are designed for people working in housing and planning in local authorities (and those working in partner organisations like housing associations) to elicit some of the key issues faced, and some examples where councils have managed to include Gypsy Traveller sites in extant development plans.  The survey is anonymous, but we have included a space for you to include your details, should you wish to be contacted by the researchers for a more detailed discussion.

CONFIDENTIALITY & RESEARCH ETHICS STATEMENT
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes, your responses to the survey will be confidential, anonymity is designed in and you are only provided with a space to complete your details if you wish to be contacted by the research team for further discussion.  Access to survey responses requires a password held only by the Principal Investigator (Richardson).  Your responses will be anonymous and not attributable to you. DMU policy is that raw data is normally kept for 5 years after a study has been completed.

What if something goes wrong?
If you have a complaint regarding anything to do with this survey, you can initially approach the lead investigator jrichardson@dmu.ac.uk.  If this achieves no satisfactory outcome, you should then contact the Administrator for the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, Research & Innovation Office, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH or BALResearchEthics@dmu.ac.uk

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* 1. Do you currently have Gypsy Traveller sites in your local authority area?

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* 2. What do think are the main challenges facing Gypsies and Travellers who are resident in, or who visit, your local authority area?

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* 3. In response to accommodation need assessments, have you identified and included Gypsy Traveller sites in your current development plans?

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* 4. Have any Gypsy and Traveller sites been delivered, in recent years, through the planning system in your local authority area?

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* 5. In some areas, sites have been included in wider housing development plans as part of planning gain (Section 106) agreements.  Is this something you have considered in your area?  Were there issues raised by housebuilders and lenders relating to 'viability'?  Please summarise your explanation below.

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* 6. What are the key issues, raised by house-builders and lenders, where development plans do include provision of Gypsy Traveller sites within wider planned housing development?

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* 7. How well do you think your local planning authority understands the housing needs of the travelling community and how proactive do you think you are in working with Gypsies and Travellers?

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* 8. What expertise does the local authority have in negotiating with developers for securing the delivery of sites for Gypsies and Travellers, and what further skills might be needed?

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* 9. The researchers are keen to talk with a range of people across the country involved in planning for sites. If you are interested to talk to us further, please include your name and email address in the box below.

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