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Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Information about Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Authorised Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites

It’s important to create improved services for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, whilst balancing the needs of settled communities.

We have a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (GTANA). We use this to guide planning policies in the borough, in relation to:

  • new Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pitches
  • travelling show-people plots

You can find out more, and view this policy on our GTANA page.

Unauthorised encampments

Everyone has rights, including Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, and people on whose land unauthorised camping takes place.

Nomadic life is not illegal. Gypsy, Roma and Travellers have a basic right to this way of life. It's our aim to ensure all our residents, whether living in settled or temporary communities, are treated equally and with respect. We also recognise we must balance this with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.

When an unauthorised encampment is on Council owned land we may seek to remove the travellers from the land. But only where it’s considered appropriate to do so. When an unauthorised encampment is reported, we’ll:

  • visit to identify the land in question
  • gather information on the group, including the level of any nuisance being caused

Depending on the circumstances, we may serve a notice to the travellers to vacate the land. We may need to apply to the County Court for possession.

Or we may issue a Direction Notice. This instructs the travellers to leave by a certain date.

Due to the legal processes involved, it may take some time to resolve. In most cases, travellers will move on voluntarily without the need for formal eviction or court proceedings.

If you’re aware of an unauthorised encampment, please contact us.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller’s Liaison Service

Norfolk County Council also have a Travellers Liaison Service. They provide help and advice regarding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller issues. You can contact them on 01603 222573, or visit the Norfolk County Council website.