Hunt on for more housing land around Uckfield and across Wealden

Landowners are being asked to tell Wealden District Council if they think they have property suitable for future housing development.

The council has issued what it terms a “Call for Sites”  to be submitted for consideration through the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA).

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Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, already allocated for 1,000 new houses

The study will provide evidence on the availability of land for new development in Wealden, and will identify which sites can potentially be considered for allocation through a new Local Plan.

Deadline for submissions is May 22.

Forms are available to view/download from the council’s website at www.wealden.gov.uk/planningshelaa and should be returned by email to shelaa@wealden.gov.uk.

If this is not possible then forms may be returned by post.

Further information, including the methodology that will be used for the assessment, can be found on the council’s website.

Background

Wealden District Council agreed in November to combine work on the Delivery and Site Allocations Local Plan with the requirement to review the Core Strategy Local Plan in 2015.

This will create a new comprehensive Wealden Local Plan which will re-assess the need for housing and economic development in the district, and set out a strategy to deliver the growth required.

To provide evidence to support the Wealden Local Plan, the council is carrying out a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) to update the work carried out through previous Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAA).

The new assessment will also consider alternative uses such as commercial development, including office and retail, Gipsy and traveller use and green infrastructure.

This SHELAA is a substantial study which will take about two years to complete and will support the development of potential options for consideration later in the Local Plan process.

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