You have the opportunity to say whether Wealden District Council’s Proposed Local Plan has been correctly drawn up and is sound, based on the evidence.
In this stage of the Local Plan process, the representations you make will be forwarded to an independent planning inspector. This is known as the Representations Stage. It takes place from Monday 13 August until Monday 8 October, 2018.
“Our Proposed Local Plan seeks to balance protection of our environment with growth for the District through to 2028,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member for Planning and Development. “Public representations at this stage of the process need to fall into either of two categories:
“Are you seeking to make representations on the way in which Wealden District Council has prepared the Local Plan? It is likely that your comments will relate to a matter of legal compliance.
“Do you wish to comment on the actual content of the Plan? Then it will relate to its soundness. This includes whether you think it is justified, effective or consistent with national policy.
“We have produced some helpful Guidance Notes for Respondents to help them. They can be found on the Local Plan pages of the Wealden website.”
The Wealden Local Plan will meet the District’s Objectively Assessed Housing Need. This means 14,228 homes in total should be built across the District between 2013 and 2028. Some 7,700 dwellings are already built or have planning permission.
The Plan includes a series of mitigation measures to ensure that the growth and prosperity needed in Wealden does not conflict with environmental responsibilities. 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. This is to reduce the need to commute. The delivery of road improvements, schools and medical provision form part of the Wealden Local Plan. Wealden will be working 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 our web site, www.wealden.gov.uk/wealdenlocalplan .
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 our website
Representations can be made using the online consultation portal at www.wealden.objective.co.uk/portal from August 13 or by downloading a representation form at www.wealden.gov.uk/wealdenlocalplan and emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or posting it to the Planning Policy Team. Representation forms are also available at the Council Offices.
Representations received by the District Council by 5pm on Monday 8 October 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. We anticipate 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 email@example.com.