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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dozens of caravans were counted on unauthorised sites in Bristol and the surrounding area this year - as campaigners fight to increase site provision for Gypsy and Traveller people across England. Figures from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show that in January, 6 caravans were on land not owned by Travellers, and another 31 were on sites that they did own - but did not have planning permission for. That is 61 per cent more than the 23 that were counted on all unauthorised sites during the same period in 2020. Another 410 caravans were on authorised sites, including 179 socially rented caravans (formerly known as local authority sites) and 231 on privately-run sites. In 2020 there were 17 fewer socially rented caravans (162) and 64 more caravans on privately-run sites (295). Read more:Cannabis plants discovered after blaze breaks out at Eastville home Breakdown across the Southwest region Local authority Year Socially rented caravans Caravans on private sites (temporary and permanent planning permission) Caravans on unauthorised sites not owned by Travellers Caravans on unauthorised sites owned by Travellers Bristol 2022 33 0 0 0 Bristol 2020 20 0 0 0 North Somerset 2022 56 71 6 16 North Somerset 2020 56 107 0 7 South Gloucestershire 2022 90 160 0 15 South Gloucestershire 2020 86 188 0 16 Across all England, there were 24,371 caravans reported on the count date of January 2022 - 658 (3 per cent) more than there were counted in January 2020. That increase has largely been driven by a rise in the number of private caravans with permanent planning permission, which resulted in an increase in authorised caravans despite a drop in the number of socially rented ones. Some 14,786 caravans were counted on authorised privately-run sites, a 6 per cent increase from 13,983 in January 2020. That more than offset the 3 per cent fall in caravans on socially rented sites, from 6,870 in January 2020, to 6,693 at the latest count.
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. It comes as the charity Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) launches the ‘Oak Project’, a partnership aimed at increasing site provision across England in line with the needs of Gypsy and Traveller people, funded by the Oak Foundation. The three-year partnership, which launched on June 16, seeks to improve understanding of planning policy on Traveller accommodation and how issues can be addressed; encourage the construction of more Traveller sites; and strengthen the ability of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to advocate for change in planning practice and policy. Currently, FFT says, an unfavourable planning system and a “chronic lack of adequate site provision” means that around 10,000 people live on land without permission. It follows an FFT report released last year that found at least 1,696 households were on waiting lists for pitches on Traveller sites in England, with only 101 pitches available nationwide (permanent and transit). Speaking about the partnership, Michelle Gavin, FFT’s business development manager, said: “The Oak Project presents an excellent opportunity to bring key stakeholders to the table, and bridge the gap between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller civil society and housing providers. “Thanks to the Oak Foundation, this three-year partnership will help improve the supply and access to affordable homes for Gypsy and Travellers families.” Boris Worrall, Rooftop Group chief executive and chair of the National Policy Advisory Panel on Gypsy and Traveller Housing said: “There is a huge shortage of social housing for Gypsy and Traveller communities and the Oak Project represents a unique opportunity to build on progress in recent years to get more councils and housing associations involved in providing high-quality homes for Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller people and families. “Everyone needs a safe, secure, and sustainable place to call home and this partnership will provide the support, advice, and encouragement to meet the challenge ahead.” Read next: New South Bristol Recycling Centre finally open Somerset Music Festival cancelled at short notice due to lack of ticket sales Military Airbus spotted over Tyntesfield this afternoon
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