A planning ‘blueprint’ which requires Uckfield to accommodate 1,000 new homes in the next 20 years has been approved by Wealden Council.
The plan provides for 400 new homes a year to be built across the district but requires the release of development land to be conditional on the necessary infrastructure being provided.
The Wealden Core Strategy was described by Cllr Roy Galley, cabinet member for planning and development as “a vision and our aspiration for our future”.
He said: “It will need a lot of hard work, including working closely with other partners and agencies to make sure the necessary infrastructure is put in place.
“Through this Core Strategy we make sure that planning and development control is not handed over to property developers but remains in the hands of our communities and their elected representatives.”
The council has agreed the following distribution of housing growth for the years 2006-2030:
The Core Stragegy also proposes the removal of development boundaries from the following settlements: Berwick Station, Blackboys, Broad Oak, Cross-in-Hand, East Dean and Friston, East Hoathly, Fairwarp, Five Ash Down, Five Ashes, Framfield, Hadlow Down, Halland, Hooe Common, Isfield, Lower Dicker, Lower Horsebridge, Maresfield, Mark Cross, Maynards Green, Nutley, Pevensey, Punnetts Town, Upper Dicker, Vines Cross, and Windmill Hill.
Here is a link to the report which went to a full council meeting last week. Some minor amendments were made at the meeting will be included in minutes.
From the end of February members of the public and organisations will be able to make their own representations to the Government and on to an independent Planning Inspector as to soundness of the Wealden Core Strategy.
An Examination in Public of the strategy, by the Inspector, is expected to be held for several weeks during the summer.
During that examination people who have made representations will be allowed to speak.
Once the Planning Inspector is satisfied that the Core Strategy is sound the council will be able to adopt it as a legal planning document.