Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest
Information for Agents regarding the current situation on this.
Permitted Development Rights 2013
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 comes into effect as from 30th May 2013. Further information can be found on our Permitted Development Rights webpage.
Information available outlining the situation for those proposing to exercise permitted development rights within the Zone of Influence of the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
New Local List of Information Requirements
Following the consultation on the review of the Local List of User Requirements (formerly known as the Local Validation Criteria) which was carried out during February/March 2012, the Council has introduced these new requirements, effective from 1st January 2013.
The main changes to the Local List of User Requirements (including Appendices) (pdf) are:-
- The format aims to be more concise and, wherever possible, less onerous with the intention of speeding up the validation process.
- Only 2 sets of application forms and accompanying documents are required (unless submitted electronically).
- For Major and Minor development, (i.e. new housing, offices, industry, storage, warehousing, retail, distribution etc but not householder, advertisements, change of use, listed building/conservation area consents or lawful use certificates), there is a requirement to submit a summary document explaining the proposal. This is intended to assist statutory consultees and local stakeholders to understanding the proposal. The document should give an overview of the proposal and a clear description of its key impacts. It should:
- Be clear and concise
- Make use of bullet points
- Be easy to read and in plain English
- Contain simple drawings and plans, e.g. site plan, layout plan
- Be no more than 10 pages in length
Top Ten Tips for Agents and Applicants when submitting Plans and Documents
With the increase in the submission of electronic planning applications and consultation with Statutory and other consultees now being carried out electronically, the Council has produced Guidance for Agents and Applicants (pdf) when submitting plans and documents. The purpose of this is to help speed up the receipt of planning applications and also is in response to comments received from consultees.
This is produced quarterly and contains information that you may find useful on changes in the department.
- Planning Newsletter Summer 2009 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Autumn 2009 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Winter 2009 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Summer 2010 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Autumn 2010 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Spring 2011 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Spring 2012 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Summer 2012 (pdf)
- Planning Newsletter Autumn 2012 (pdf)
This panel is made up of 14 agents and representatives from the Department who meet quarterly to discuss current Planning matters. The meetings provide a useful forum for agents to air any issues of concern.
Agents Satisfaction Surveys
Twice a year a questionnaire is sent out to randomly selected agents and applicants, who have submitted planning applications within the target quarter. The aim of this is to monitor satisfaction levels and subsequently improve internal processes where necessary and if resources allow.
Results from previous surveys
- Survey Result January to March 2009 (pdf)
- Survey Result September to December 2009 (pdf)
- Survey Result March to May 2010 (pdf)
- Survey Results October to December 2010 (pdf)
Copies of Powerpoint presentations given at previous training events.
- New PD Rights 2008 (pdf)
- Building Control (pdf)
- Affordable Housing (pdf)
- Planning Updates (pdf)
- Planning Updates - Role of Development Manager (pdf)
Useful documents which will assist in the development of any proposed scheme when submitting a Planning Application:
- Design and Access Statements (pdf) - produced by Wealden District Council
- Design & Access Statements - How to write, read and use them (pdf) - produced by CABE - the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
- Adopted Wealden Local Plan (internal link)
- Non Statutory Wealden Local Plan (internal link)
- Design Guide (internal link)
- Wealden Open Space Study (PPG17 Assessment)
- Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) and Planning Policy Statement (PPS) (external link)
Useful Council Report Papers
- East Sussex County Council Parking Standards 2012 (external link)
- Letter dated 13th April 2012 to all Agents regarding Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation, and Site of Special Scientific Interest (pdf) - April 2012
- Letter dated 1st May 2012 to all Agents regarding Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest (pdf) - May 2012
- Letter to all Agents regarding revised charging for Pre-application Advice (pdf) - December 2010
- Development Team Approach leaflet (pdf) - May 2010
- Guidance for Charges for Pre-Application Planning Advice (pdf) - March 2010 - Revised November 2012
- Letter to all Agents regarding Greater Flexibility for Planning Permissions (pdf) December 2009
- Guidance for Agents on Greater Flexibility for Planning Permissions (pdf) - December 2009
- Guidance Note MMA2 - Non-material amendments to Planning Permissions (pdf) - December 2009
- Guidance Note MMA3 - Minor Material amendments to Planning Permissions (pdf) - December 2009