Planning Aid Scotland launches set of new guidance material: Recognition of unique Gypsy/Traveller culture
Date: 3rd June 2015
Category: Respect for the views of the child, Non-discrimination
During March 2014-March 2015, PAS has been working on a Gypsy/Travellers planning awareness project funded by the Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector Division of the Scottish Government.
For Gypsy/Travellers, like the settled population, adequate housing is fundamental to health, education and access to employment. Without a secure place to stop or settle the fundamental human rights of Gypsy/Travellers can be severely compromised.
The key project purpose was to increase awareness and knowledge of the Scottish planning system and engagement between Gypsy/Travellers, planning professionals, elected members and community councilors.
The conclusion of the project is the publication of five PAS guides on Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - it is the first time this has been done:
- Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - A Guide for Gypsy/Travellers
- Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - A Guide for Local Authorities
- Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - A Guide for Elected Members
- Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - A Guide for Community Councillors
- Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish Planning System - A Briefing for the Media
These PAS guides were officially launched by Marco Biagi, Minister for Local Government & Community Empowerment, on 1 April in Perth Concert Hall. At the event, a video was made to discuss the importance of planning for the needs of Gypsy/Travellers, and the contribution that these guides can make to improving professional practice and the lives of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland.