Gypsy & Traveller sites

Here you will find information about our Gypsy and Traveller sites in the county.

We provide the following two permanent sites for the Gypsy and Traveller community.

  • Hartford Bridge, Bedlington 

  • Lyneburn Cottages, Lynemouth 


To apply for a pitch, please contact our housing operations team: 
Phone: 0345 600 6400 
Gypsy and Traveller pitch allocation policy 
This policy sets out how the council allocates pitches at both Hartford Bridge and Lyneburn. 



The council has a duty to look after the welfare of people on unauthorised encampments.

Welfare checks are carried out upon our first visit. To ensure the welfare of both the Travellers and the local community are protected, the gypsy roma traveller liaison officer works closely with: 

  • landowners 
  • local businesses and communities 
  • the police 
  • environmental health 
  • the GRT communities 

View our protocol for unauthorised encampments here 

The officer works with and manages unauthorised encampments on both council and private land.

Actions taken depend on who owns the land, but initially all encampments are visited and assessed. 

Contact us on 0345 600 6400