Consultation begins today on Wealden Proposed Local Plan

Consultation begins today on Wealden’s Proposed Local Plan which covers development in the district – including Uckfield – to 2028.Wealden logo cropped

The documents can be viewed online, with hard copies available at a number of places, including Uckfield Library, and your views can be submitted via the Wealden Council website with more information available here.

An Uckfield News report summarises some of the priorities for Uckfield. See: What Draft Local Plan envisages for Uckfield.

Wealden’s cabinet member for planning and development Cllr Ann Newton said: “Our Proposed Local Plan seeks to balance protection of our environment with growth for the district through to 2028.”

She said public representations needed to fall into either of two categories:

  • The way the plan was prepared, probably relating to a matter of legal compliance,
  • Comment on the content of the plan, relating to its soundness, whether it is justified, effective or consistent with national policy.

A council press release says the Wealden Local Plan aims to meet the district’s objectively assessed housing need with 14,228 homes being built across the district between 2013 and 2028. Some 7,700 homes are already built or have planning permission.

The plan includes mitigation measures to ensure that growth and prosperity does not conflict with environmental responsibilities.

Particular concern

Particular concern is given to Ashdown Forest, Lewes Downs and the Pevensey Levels.

The focus of growth is in the south of Wealden but the plan looks to balance housing and economic growth across the district to reduce the need to commute.

The delivery of road improvements, schools and medical provision form part of the plan.

Stakeholders

The council will work with key local stakeholders, strategic transport providers and developers. They will aim to ensure the funding and delivery of these improvements is in line with the delivery of housing.

The Local Plan also identifies land allocations for up to 22,500 net additional sq. metres of employment floor space.  There are also other employment space allowances across the district and 4,350 sq. metres net additional retail floor space over the period to 2028.

The Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan, the Guidance Notes for Respondents, and documents associated with the Plan can be found on the council’s web site.

Copies

Hard copies can also be examined at Wealden District Council’s Vicarage Lane offices, local libraries and some parish and town council offices.

Details of where and the times to view these documents can be found on the council website.

Representations can be made using the online consultation portal from today (August 13) or by downloading a representation form and emailing to ldf@wealden.gov.uk. Or posting it to the Planning Policy Team. Representation forms are also available at the council offices.

Planning Inspectorate

Representations received by the district council by 5pm on Monday, October 8, will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate. The inspectorate will also be sent the documents used to develop the Wealden Local Plan.

An independent planning inspector will then be appointed to examine the documents and consider the points raised during the representations period.

The council anticipates that the plan will be examined in public early next year.  This will involve the Inspector taking evidence from interested parties at sessions held within the district.

For further information or assistance, please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephone on 01892 602008 or by email at ldf@wealden.gov.uk.

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