The first stage of the Examination in Public of Wealden’s Local Plan begins on Tuesday (May 21).
The hearings are expected to run for seven days, six of them – May 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 – at East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted, and one, May 31, at the Civic and Community Hall, Hailsham.
The planning inspector is Louise Nurser who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination to determine whether the Wealden Local Plan is sound and legally compliant, in accordance with planning legislation.
Among those addressing the hearing will be:
House builders, including Martin Grant Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Wates Developments, Croudace Homes, Rydon Homes, Thakeham, Clarion Housing Group, Ashdown Developers Forest Developers Forum, Gladman Developments, Martin Grant Homes, Gleeson Strategic Land, Wealden Homes, Castlefort Homes, Persimmon Homes.
Councils, including Wealden District Council, Eastbourne Borough Council, Hailsham Town Council, Mayfield DC, and Five Ashes PC, Ninfield Parish Council, Lewes District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Wadhurst Parish Council
Environment organisations: CPRE Sussex, Natural England, South Downs National Park Authority, Sussex Ornithology Society, Sussex Wildlife Trust, High Weald AONB
Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president Chris Lawson is also scheduled to speak along with representatives of other organisations including Hesmonds Stud, Inspired Villages Group, Residents of Berwick Station, Folkington Estate, University of Brighton and the Vine family.
Read more about who is taking part in a schedule of representatives on the Local Plan page of the Wealden website.
A copy of the Local Plan can be downloaded from the Wealden website here.
The first stage of examination is expected to address matters of strategic significance, and of legal compliance.
If the planning inspector concludes the plan is legally compliant and likely to be capable of being sound the examination will then proceed to Stage 2.
This could take place in mid to late summer and could cover issues such as development management policies and specific housing and employment allocations.