Where a demonstrable need for Travellers specific accommodation is identified in the Housing Needs Assessment, planning permission will be granted for a suitable facility which meets this need. This may be provided through either a grouped housing scheme, a serviced site or a transit site in a settlement where the General Policy and the following criteria are met:
- there is suitable provision of utilities, including running water, toilet facilities and waste disposal; and
- the proposal will provide convenient access to local services, including health services, education facilities, public transport, employment opportunities and open space.
Where a need is identified for a transit site or a serviced site, which cannot readily be met within an existing settlement in the locality, a proposal will be required to meet the requirements of Policy HOU16 Affordable Housing in the Countryside.
Exceptionally, where a need is demonstrated through the Housing Needs Assessment produced by NIHE, a single family Traveller transit site or serviced site may be permitted in the countryside. Such proposals will be assessed on their merits.