Gypsy and Traveller sites

The Council provides a Gypsy and Traveller site at Smithies Lane, off Wakefield Road, on the fringe of Barnsley town centre. There are currently 30 pitches on the site.

The Smithies Lane site is managed by Berneslai Homes on behalf of the Council. If you would like to enquire about accommodation on the site contact Berneslai Homes by calling 01226 771260.

In addition to the Smithies Lane Site there are a small number of privately owned sites. The development of new Gypsy and Traveller sites or the expansion of existing sites will require planning permission before works can start. More information on planning requirements here.

Managing Unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller Encampments

Unauthorised encampments are problematic in that they rarely provide an appropriate or adequate setting for accommodation. They frequently result in poor living conditions for Gypsies and Travellers and an inconvenience to the local communities in which such encampments arise. In addition, the land that has been occupied is being trespassed upon which will almost always be contrary to the wishes of the land owner. For all of these reasons the Council is obliged to manage unauthorised encampments.

To report the presence of an unauthorised encampment during normal working hours you should contact the Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer by phoning 01226 773555 or by email to

To report the presence of an unauthorised encampment contact the South Yorkshire Police using the 101 non-emergency number and/or during normal working hours contact The Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer on 01226 773555.

You can find our procedure for dealing with unauthorised encampments here. 

Further Information 

Other Local Authorities 

Department for Communities and Local Government