IPH response to Planning Policy Statement 12: Draft Policy HS 3 (Amended) Travellers Accommodation
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The Amendment to Policy HS 3 of PPS 12 furthers the Minister’s commitment to meeting the distinctive accommodation needs of travellers. The existing policy HS 3 contained in PPS 12 provides for grouped housing, serviced sites, and transit sites for travellers within, adjoining or in close proximity to settlements. 

However, outside settlements there is only limited provision for grouped housing and transit sites – not serviced sites. This amendment provides policy for serviced sites for travellers outside settlements. 

Key points in the IPH response include: 

- Travellers health status is significantly poorer than their settled peers 

- The provision of adequate Traveller accommodation is a major issue 

- There is an extricable link between poor housing and Travellers health outcomes 

Adopting the toolkit to assess conditions on Travellers sites can support planners to consider the health impacts of their decisions

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