Nomadic life is not illegal, and Travellers have a basic right to this way of life. The council recognises that this has to be balanced with the rights of the general public to enjoy private and public land.

Service update - Tuesday 28 July 2015

Madeira Drive and Land adjacent to Ditchling Road - unauthorised encampments: Section 77 notices have been served on the vehicles in these locations directing them to leave. Should these not be complied with, we will be pursuing court orders in the Magistrates' Court, which will enable us to arrange for evictions to take place.

Wild Park and Stanmer Park - unauthorised encampments: We have visited these sites with the police, to carry out health and welfare checks, and to conduct community impact assessments. The occupants have been informed they are trespassing on council-owned land and have been asked to leave. We are currently waiting for possession hearings in the County Court on Friday 31 July, which once obtained will enable us to arrange for evictions to take place. Whilst the encampments remain we will continue to monitor the sites with the police.

Horsdean Traveller site

We have identified a need for residential accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers in the city and, in line with our policy for managing unauthorised encampments, we want to build a permanent Gypsy and Traveller site with good facilities.

The council made a planning application to South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for a permanent Traveller site in Brighton & Hove at Horsdean. The application was made after an extensive selection process. A survey was carried out at 50 locations under terms jointly agreed by officers from Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.

The South Downs National Park Authority’s planning committee has approved the planning application for the permanent traveller site

12 new pitches will now be built at Horsdean next to an existing site with 21 existing transit spaces.

A £1.7 million government grant to develop a permanent Traveller site is expected to cover the cost of the development. Travellers living on the site will pay rent and council tax.

Find out more about our plans for a permanent Traveller site.

Applications for Pitches at the New Permanent Traveller Site at Horsdean

Applications are now being taken for permanent pitches at the new Traveller site at Horsdean, which should be open by the end of 2015.  Application forms can be obtained from the Traveller Liaison Team in Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JP.  If you would like an application form, please contact the Team on 01273 292044 to arrange to pick one up, or email The Team will also be able to help you complete the form if required.  The closing date for applications was Monday 16th February 2015.

Brighton & Hove Traveller Strategy

Our Traveller Strategy sets out how the council balances the needs of traveller communities with those of the city’s settled communities.

View or download our Brighton & Hove One Year On: the Traveller Commissioning Strategy in Action 2012/13 [PDF 414kb]

The Horsdean Traveller site is one of the few transit sites for Travellers in the country. The council takes action against unauthorised sites in line with our Traveller strategy.