Wealden District Council

Obtaining Advice on Planning Matters

The following information will assist in determining whether or not planning permission is required and/or how to obtain further advice.

Do I need planning permission?

Guidance on the Planning system

The Planning Portal (external link) provides general guidance about the kinds of work for which planning permission is and is not required. For further information please see the Planning Portal's "Interactive House" (external link) which provides a visual guide on whether or not planning permission or building regulations will be required.  Details of National Policies are available on the Communities and Local Government (external link) website.

Permitted Development

This is where planning permission is not required for certain developments. The Permitted Development Rights are specified in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GDPO), which is subject to amendments (May 2013 and April 2014).

Highway and Transport Advice (external link)

Information relating to highway matters and other transport advice is available on the East Sussex County Council website including parking standards, dropped kerbs, transport assessments and travel plans.

Further Advice

For further general advice please contact the Duty Planning Officer who is available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.  They can be contacted on 01892 602011.

Pre-Application Advice

The Council is keen to promote the Development Team Approach for all significant development schemes and has therefore appointed a Development Manager.

Wealden District Council offers five types of pre-application advice.

Guidance on Renewable Energy

Visit the Planning Portal's "Interactive House" (external link) to determine whether planning permission is needed for various domestic renewable energy installations (for houses only).

Use Classes Order 2005

The Use Classes Order 2005 (as amended) (external website) is legislation which prescribes a number of broad 'classes of use' within which change can take place without the need to apply for planning permission.

Information on ways of contacting the Planning department

The department has a Public Access Strategy (pdf) detailing out how information can be acquired and enquiries made.

Who to Contact

Development Management Duty Officer - Tel: 01892 602011
Available Monday to Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm

Planning Surgeries (pdf)

These are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham.

  • Householder and other minor domestic/commercial application surgeries are on Tuesdays commencing 9.30am as half hour appointments.
  • Listed Building/Conservation Area advice surgeries are on Wednesday mornings and are hourly appointments at 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm.
  • Non-Householder, more complex small housing or commercial developments are on Wednesdays with hourly appointments from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1.00pm to 3.00pm (6 bookable slots).

To book a Planning Surgery Appointment Tel: 01323 443322 or 01892 653311