Gypsies and Travellers

Information about how we work to coordinate improved Gypsy and Traveller services, including authorised pitches and sites.

Find the latest information on Gypsy and Traveller short stay stopping sites in Suffolk.

All local authorities in Suffolk (including the Police, PCT and Children and Young People's Services) work together to create improved services for Gypsies and Travellers, whilst balancing the needs of settled communities.

A county-wide steering group works to ensure the statutory, voluntary and county sector respond effectively to the welfare of Gypsy and Travellers.

Read the Joint Strategy for Gypsies and Travellers (PDF, 733KB). This is a partnership document for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Gypsy and Traveller sites in Suffolk

Authorised encampments

There are a number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites, both council owned and privately owned in Suffolk.

These are spread across districts as shown in the table below.

Babergh 1 pitch
Forest Heath 1 privately managed site with 35 pitches
1 privately owned site with 12 pitches
Ipswich 1 local authority managed site with 41 pitches
1 private site with 1 pitch
Mid Suffolk 15 private sites with 69 pitches
St Edmundsbury 2 private sites with 2 pitches
Waveney 1 privately managed site with 24 pitches

There are no authorised sites in the Suffolk Coastal district.

Unauthorised encampments

An unauthorised encampment is where any person camps on land they do not own. Suffolk has developed a protocol for managing unauthorised encampments (PDF, 547KB).

These are rules to:

  • address the need for effective management of unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller encampments, whilst ensuring the rights of Gypsies, Travellers and the settled communities are met
  • ensure the county, district, and borough councils are working together with all agencies to meet the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and the settled communities

To find out more read our Joint Equality Impact Assessment Report (PDF, 147KB)

Unauthorised developments

An unauthorised development is where a person has developed an area of land for residential use without planning permission.

Find out more

For more information read this leaflet (PDF, 688KB) on the role of community in life in the county. 

This leaflet aims to provide information that will support increased understanding and learning between different communities.

Contact information

Katie Magill
Traveller Education, Suffolk County Council
07739 312032
Karen Wright
Service Development Manager, Norfolk and Suffolk Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Service

07733 302806

01603 222927

Peter Daniel
Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer
07768 020810