Public consultation on gypsy and traveller accommodation

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are carrying out a consultation on the provision of sites for gypsy and traveller accommodation. The consultation period ends on 24 October 2017 at 5pm.


RBC carried out a ‘gypsy and traveller, travelling showperson and houseboat dweller accommodation assessment’ as part of producing a new local plan for Reading.

This identified the need for:

  • 10-17 permanent pitches for gypsies and travellers,
  • transit provision of five pitches in Reading which could each accommodate two caravans,
  • two additional plots for travelling showpeople.

No need for additional residential moorings for houseboats was identified.

There are currently no gypsy and traveller accommodation sites in Reading. Of 80 sites considered, only one meets the required criteria for transit pitches and that is on council-owned land at Cow Lane and Richfield Avenue.

No sites were identified that were suitable for permanent pitches. In order to meet this need, RBC will now have to work with neighbouring authorities.

The other 79 sites identified and the reasons why they are not considered suitable are documented in the gypsy and traveller provision background document.

Katesgrove Hill considerations

Only one possible site was considered in Katesgrove. The site on Canterbury Road was rejected because of the impact on existing residential and visual amenity.

The draft new local plan identified land north and east of Rose Kiln Lane as a possible site for a marina. Although this may still be a possibility, the conclusion that no additional residential moorings are required the marina would only be for temporary mooring.

Commenting on the proposals

Written comments can be sent by email to or by post to:

Planning Policy Team
Civic Offices
Bridge Street

  1. Gypsy and traveller provision consultation
  2. Gypsy and traveller provision consultation document
  3. Gypsy and traveller, travelling showperson and houseboat dweller accommodation assessment 2017
  4. New local plan