As a group, travellers remain one of the most disadvantaged in the country, experiencing deep inequalities with very poor outcomes in health and education in particular. Authorised travellers’ sites can provide the basis for local authorities to tackle the inequalities experienced by travellers. Increased authorised provision will reduce the number of unauthorised sites and the tensions they can create between travellers and the settled community and reduce the need for costly enforcement action.
The HCA took over delivery of the Gypsy and Traveller Sites Grant programme from DCLG in April 2009. Through that programme we’ve invested £16.3m in 26 schemes across the country providing 88 new or additional pitches and 179 improved pitches.
We are now in the process of delivering up to £60m Traveller Pitch Funding as part of our Affordable Homes Programme, to support local authorities, housing associations and other delivery partners to provide good quality public sites to help meet the need for accommodation for these communities.
In January 2012 the HCA announced confirmed allocations for £47m of this funding to support 71 projects across the country, for the provision of new traveller sites and new pitches on existing sites, as well as the improvement of existing pitches.
The HCA wrote to providers on the 20 December 2012 to allocate the remaining funding under the Traveller Pitch Funding Programme.
A list of the current allocations is below:
The Traveller Pitch Funding Programme has now closed for new allocations. Providers that would like to bid for funding to bring forward proposals for traveller pitches are advised that these may be considered under the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme via the continuous market engagement (CME) bidding route. Details on how to apply for funding via CME will be published on the 2015-18 AHP webpages in due course.
Please note, that HCA funding programmes are for England outside of London only. Providers wishing to bid for funding to deliver traveller pitches in Greater London should contact the Greater London Authority to discuss their proposals.
We have published the standard form of Traveller Pitch Funding 2011-15 Framework Delivery Agreement which will form the basis of contractual agreements between the HCA and Provider(s).
Further to the written Ministerial statement by Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis published on 7 January 2014 and in line with the new AHP 15-18 Prospectus published on 27 January 2014, we do not expect to receive new Traveller Pitch Funding bids to develop sites on Green Belt land or other land with special environmental protections. Please refer to DCLG’s Planning Policy for traveller sites for more information. Any Traveller Pitch Funding allocations that have already been agreed with the HCA will not be affected.