Wealden District Council

Action on Climate Change: Planning

Adopted Wealden Local Plan 1998

The local plan guides development across the District, The major issue for the Plan is the need to strike an appropriate balance between the demand for development for housing, employment, leisure and tourism with the conservation of the environmental quality and character of Wealden's countryside, towns and villages.

Planning Policy Documents

The local government framework is the 'spatial plan' for the sustainable communities strategy. Wealden is working in partnership with a range of local organisations to create sustainable communities in Wealden, that are safe, environmentally friendly, economically active places that people want to live.

Sustainability Appraisal

As part of the Planning Policy Documents process, each of the Local Development Documents produced should undergo a Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which assesses each of the policies produced against a framework of sustainability appraisal objectives (these include environment, social and economic objectives).

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

In 2006/07 we are undertaking a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for the southern part of the District (in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council). The remaining area will follow through a separate study. This assessment will be used to inform the preparation of the Authority's Local Development Documents, having regard to catchment-wide flooding issues which affect its area.

There are additional planning controls in conservation areas to protect the character of these areas, permission is needed to demolish most buildings and structures and any proposed works to the trees within a Conservation Area need to be notified to the District Council at least 6 weeks before commencement.

60% of Wealden is designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the district there are also 29 sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) covering part of the South Downs, and 15-20% of the district is covered by ancient woodlands.