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Gypsy and Travellers


The Council runs one dedicated Gypsy Traveller site at Cwmcrachen in Nantyglo.  The site has 20 pitches available to rent.  All pitches were fully upgraded during 2008 following a successful bid for the Welsh Government refurbishment grant.  Each pitch has timber boundary fencing and a warden and a small room for use by residents and visitors to the site.


There is currently a waiting list for the site.  Pitches do become available from time to time but there is often a significant wait.  If you would like to have your details added to this list please contact the Environmental Health Section on 01495 357813.


Public Consultation - The development of a new Gypsy and Traveller site at Cwmcrachen, Nantyglo

 Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is looking to progress a planning application for the ‘demolition of the existing Gypsy and Traveller site and the redevelopment of a new Gypsy and Traveller site to accommodate 28 pitches, associated amenity blocks, a warden’s office and associated works’ at the existing Cwmcrachen Gypsy and Traveller Site and land off Blaen-Nant Road, Nantyglo.

The proposal in planning terms in classified as a ‘major development’ as such there is a requirement to undertake a formal Pre-application Consultation’ with statutory consultees and the local community prior to submission of the application to the Local Planning Authority.

 Blaenau Gwent Council has  commissioned Asbri Planning to complete the pre-application consultation in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 1A of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales)  Order 2012.

 All relevant drawings, reports and supplementary accompanying supporting documents are made available for inspection on the Asbri Planning Website, see relevant link below;

 To ensure full engagement with the local community, the Council and Asbri Planning have organised a public consultation event at Nantyglo Rugby Club between 1:00pm and 7:30pm on the 9th May 2018. Members of the public are invited to come along to view plans and documents associated with the proposed development, discuss the scheme with the design team and Blaenau Gwent CBC and complete response forms. Approximately 300 letters have been posted to residents, businesses, organisations and councillors local to the proposed development site notifying them of this Pre-application Consultation process and the public consultation event at Nantyglo Rugby Club.

 If you are unable to attend the organised event, hard copies of the proposal have been placed in Brynmawr Library which is open between;

  • 09:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 17:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; and

  • 09:00 - 13:00 Saturday.

 Please note that the Library is closed on both Wednesday and Sunday.

 Alternatively, response forms are available to download on the Asbri Planning website. Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed development must do so by the 21st May 2018. We would encourage you to e-mail these to, or alternatively please send them to: Asbri Planning Ltd, Unit 9 Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff, CF23 8RS.

 Blaenau Gwent and Asbri Planning look forward to hearing your views on the proposals.


Accommodation Assessment

The assessment of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs, and the duty to make provision for sites where the assessment identifies need, became statutory requirements under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. The Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessment for Blaenau Gwent has been scrutinised by Welsh Government and approved. The accommodation assessment has identified an estimated unmet need for 12 pitches for the duration of the Local Development Plan (2011-2021).


Click here to view the full Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment.