Gypsies and Travellers
- Unauthorised Encampments (UEs) are defined by the Government as "encampments of caravans and/or other vehicles on land without the landowner or occupier's consent and constituting trespass"
- UEs fall into 2 main categories:
- those on land owned by local authorities (highways, schools, public parks and car-parks etc.)
- those on privately owned land
- People parking caravans on their own land without planning permission are not UEs (in that they cannot trespass on their own land) - they are "Unauthorised Developments" and are always dealt with by enforcement of planning legislation by the Planning Team
The management of Unauthorised Encampments
- Where the UE is on local authority land, the relevant Council will lead:
- Kent County Council (KCC) on highways and schools outside the Medway area, and other KCC-owned land
- Medway Council in Medway
- The relevant District Council on all other local authority land outside Medway
- On private land, it is the landowner who is primarily responsible (although the District Council and KCC will offer advice and assistance)
- Unauthorised Developments are managed by the relevant Local Planning Authority
- In all cases, the Police are responsible for crime-related issues
All UEs and Unauthorised Developments should be reported to the Kent County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 333 5540. This line should also be called for general advice, to providing updates and to seek general information on management of specific encampments.
Find our frequently asked questions about gypsies, travellers and unauthorised encampments.
View our Good Neighbour Code for Unauthorised Encampments and Developments.
Find the our protocol for Unauthorised Encampments.