Information for Agents relating to Planning Matters
Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area, Special Area of Protection and Site of Special Scientific Interest
Details on the current situation within the Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas including Briefing Note, Maps of the areas and further supporting information, following on from the progress on the development of an Interim SANGs mitigation Strategy and in respect of nitrogen deposition and other mitigation and monitoring matters.
Update 20th March 2017
Update 3rd March 2017
Following the publication of the Wealden Local Plan on 3rd March 2017, the below information is under review. Further updates to this information will be provided over the coming days.
Update December 2015
Update July 2015
General guidance and maps for agents relating to the submission of planning applications within the 15km zone along with standard conditions and other associated information.
- Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area Habitat Regulations Assessment Guidelines (pdf)
- Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area Habitat Regulations Assessment Map 1 (pdf)
- Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area Habitat Regulations Assessment Map 2 (pdf)
- Grampian conditions requiring SANGS and/or SAMMS mitigation for Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation (pdf)
- Habitat Regulations Screening for domestic extensions: background (pdf)
- Press Release 22 July - Updating measures to protect Ashdown Forest (pdf)
Five Year Land Supply
Local authorities are required to demonstrate that they have a 5 year supply of land for housing development in accord with paragraph 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Wealden District Council has undertaken a calculation of the housing land supply for the 5 year period and this is presented below.
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 came into effect from 30th May 2013.
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).
Procedural Changes which came into effect on the 25th June 2013
When submitting details for planning applications the Government has recently amended the Regulations as part of its streamlining the planning process via the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013 (external link).
Key changes relate to:
- the removal of the need to submit Design & Access statements for a range of small scale development
- validation disputes - regarding information submitted
- the removal of the need for planning authorities to give reasons why they have granted planning permission.
North and South Hailsham Waste Water Treatment Works
Following the adoption of the core strategy the Council has been closely monitoring the position on waste water capacity for the Hailsham north and Hailsham south waste water treatment works. A briefing note (pdf) on the situation was produced in June 2013 and Southern Water have subsequently produced a Wastewater Position Statement (pdf) as at June 2015.
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 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 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.
- Notes of Agents Panel 15th March 2017 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 30th November 2016 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 6th July 2016 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 17th February 2016 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 28th October 2015 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 4th August 2015 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 18th February 2015 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 22nd January 2014 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 9th October 2013 (pdf)
- Notes of Agents Panel 8th May 2013 (pdf)
Copies of Powerpoint presentations given at previous training events.
- Agents Panel April 2014 - General Policy Updates (pdf)
- Agents Panel April 2014 - Delivery and Site Allocations (pdf)
- Agents Panel April 2014 - New Permitted Development Rights (pdf)
Useful documents which will assist in the development of any proposed scheme when submitting a Planning Application:
- Environment Agency Planning Consultation Toolkit (pdf) produced by the Environment Agency September 2015
- Useful Information regarding SUDS from ESCC (external link)
- ESCC Heritage and Planning Information (including the Archaeological Notification Area Maps) (external link) National Planning Policy Framework - Conserving and enhancing the historic environment
- ESCC Highway and Transport Information (external link), eg Parking Standards, Dropped Kerb, Travel Plans and Transport Assessment
- ESCC Highway and Transport Advice for Minor Applications - highway and transport elements to be taken into consideration for minor applications (less than 5 dwellings) (pdf) produced by East Sussex County Council - September 2014
- Design and Access Statements (pdf) produced by Wealden District Council
- Adopted Wealden Local Plan
- Non Statutory Wealden Local Plan
- Design Guide )
- Wealden Open Space Study (PPG17 Assessment)
- Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) and Planning Policy Statement (PPS) (external link)