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Campaigns and Consultations

Power To The People

Everyone had been waiting with trepidation for the Government’s response to the Travellers and Planning Consultation.  You can find examples of some of the wonderful consultation responses in our article below “Re-Defining Travellers Out of Existence

After lobbying from Dr Angus Murdoch, a Planning Consultant who acts for Gypsies and Travellers, the Liberal Democrat MP, David Laws, studied all of the consultation responses and was very concerned about the points that were made in those responses.  Accordingly the Liberal Democrats blocked the attempt of Mr Pickles, the Secretary of State for Justice, to bring in changes to planning policies including the proposed change to the definition of “Gypsy” for the purposes of planning.  This is excellent news. Well done to Angus, David Laws, Lord Avebury (who facilitated this process) and all of those who put in consultation responses.  A report on this appeared in the Daily Telegraph and, interestingly, on the same page there was a report about thousands more homes being planned for the Green Belt.  You can read this at:- Daily Telegraph Report

UK Report to the United Nations under the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination

This is CLP’s submission to the Department for Communities and Local Government concerning the draft UK report to the United Nations under the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination:


Total Attachments: 2

CLP Submission to Department for Communities and Local Government (26 KB) Discussion Paper - enclosure for CLP submission (509 KB)

Re-Defining Travellers Out Of Existence

The deadline for submissions to the disastrous proposals contained in the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on Planning and Travellers was November 23rd 2014.  Great efforts were made by lots of people in putting in submissions and there was a flurry of activity on the last day for submissions.  Additionally some smaller groups only learnt of the consultation very late in the day and requests have been put in asking for an extension of time.  We attach here a selection of the submissions including the submission that CLP did in conjunction with Ruston Planning.   Obviously these submissions are made on behalf of the individuals or individual groups or organisations involved and, though we support the vast majority of the submissions made, the submissions are not necessarily the views of CLP.


Total Attachments: 21

Association of Chief Police Officers (668 KB) Churches Network for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma (557 KB) CLP and Ruston Planning (1 MB) Kim Cresswell (554 KB) Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group (302 KB) Equalities and Human Rights Commission (823 KB) Friends, Families and Travellers (224 KB) Hargreaves Planning (598 KB) Heine Planning (497 KB) Irish Community Care Merseyside (880 KB) Tim Jones, Barrister (275 KB) London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (756 KB) Murdoch Planning (1 MB) National Federation of Gypsy Liasion Groups (585 KB) Royal Town Planning Institute (436 KB) South West Law (419 KB) Siobhan Spencer (180 KB) Tony Thompson (773 KB) The Traveller Movement (677 KB) Roger Yarwood (144 KB) York Travellers Trust (282 KB)

Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Planning and Travellers’ consultation

CLP, in conjunction with planning consultant, Dr Simon Ruston, have produced a working draft response so that people can hopefully use bits of it as they see fit or so that it can assist people in the process of formulating their responses. We are also very happy to receive any comments on it.
Here is the draft:


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Response of CLP and Ruston Planning (82 KB)

Department for Communities and Local Government Consultation on Planning and Travellers

The Government have produced disastrous proposals about planning as it relates to Gypsies and Travellers.  CLP hosted a workshop for Gypsy and Traveller support groups and representatives on Monday 6 October 2014 in Birmingham to discuss the consultation. Everyone agreed it was a very useful and informative session. We attach here the briefing paper, appendices and report back from the workshop.


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Final Briefing Paper (70 KB) Appendices to Briefing Paper (2 MB) Report back from Consultation Workshop (47 KB)