Residents were able to see progress on drawing up an Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan at an exhibition in town on Saturday.
The Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group put up displays at the Civic Centre and sought comments and suggestions that could be taken up and included in their work before a meeting with consultants.
Steering group chairman John Carvey says: “We know that we cannot stop development but we can protect and conserve what we have.
“We are now fine tuning our various policies with this in mind.”
Mr Carvey said concerns of residents were many and varied but in the main they were worried about how Uckfield would cope with the building of 1000 houses at Ridgewood and about infrastructure such as schools, health care and transport.
There was a desire to keep green areas such as Selby Meadow and The Dene.
Another issue was about transport for those without cars and about reinstatement of the rail service to Lewes. There were also concerns about whether the by-pass would cope.
Mr Carvey said the steering group would be discussing all that was learned at the exhibition and would then proceed to publish a draft Neighbourhood Plan which all residents would have the chance to vote on.
He added: “We will keep all informed on progress and will send updates to Uckfield News.”