1 The first stage in the preparation of the Gypsy and Traveller sites allocation Development Plan Documents is to establish the context and the relevant baseline information.
2 National policy is set out in Circular 01/2006 'Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites' . This explains how those sites are to be planned for in the new development plan system. The first step is the preparation of a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment which identifies the pitch requirements. These are taken forward in the Regional Spatial Strategy which assesses the accommodation requirements for the region and specifies pitch numbers for each local authority area.