Issue details

13/00047 - Variation of Traveller pitch allocations policy for Coldharbour Gypsy & Traveller site, Aylesford


The local circumstances mean that the allocation policy for pitches on the new Coldharbour Gypsy & Traveller site should be different from the standard KCC Traveller pitch allocations policy agreed in 2012. It highlights the factors considered, the risks of challenge, and the equality implications of the proposed varied policy. 


Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/06/2013

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Bill Forrester, Head of Gypsy & Traveller Unit Tel: 01622 221846 e-mail: Tel: 01622 221846.


Detailed consultation on the pitch allocation policy was carried out in Spring 2012. Counsel’s advice is that, provided KCC has all the information it needs to make an informed decision, fresh consultation does not need to be carried out.

It was made clear at the time the standard allocation policy was being discussed that there could well be a variation proposed for the Coldharbour site.

The Spring 2012 consultation included representations about a variation of the policy for the Coldharbour site.

The Equalities Impact Assessment is currently in preparation


The standard policy was discussed at the Environment, Highways and Waste Cabinet Committee in July 2012


The new site is referred to in both the Business Plan and the MTCP.


Financial implications: Bill Forrester, Gypsy and Traveller Unit - 01622 221846

Legal implications: 13/00047

Equalities implications: N/a. Key deciison criteria have not been met.