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About Gypsies and Travellers

Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are Cambridgeshire's largest ethnic minority. Many families can trace their ancestry back many generations in the area.

Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers have similar lifestyles but different cultures.

They are recognised as ethnic groups because they each possess a shared culture, language, belief, history and geographical origin. People in these groups do not lose their ethnic heritage if they take settled housing.

In the following information these people will be referred to as Gypsies and Travellers.

Site provision

There are no dedicated Gypsy or Traveller sites in Cambridge. The county council’s Travellers webpage gives information on the 10 sites owned by local authorities in Cambridgeshire.

For details on our proposed approach to permitting development of sites in Cambridge, see our Local Plan Review section.