Wealden District Council

Landscape

Wealden Local Plan Sites - Landscape and Ecological Assessment Study (July 2017)

This study details ecological and landscape information to inform the process of identifying suitable sites for future development within those areas of the District outside of the South Wealden Growth Area but included within the draft Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan. The report presents a desk top survey and field surveys for each site considered, together with overall summaries of the settlements. The study also identifies habitats and landscape features of value and sensitivity and makes recommendations for their creation, protection, maintenance, enhancement and restoration where appropriate as part of their development.

Please note that as the assessment is a large document, individual chapters have been uploaded. Files over 5MB have been labelled with their file size. Files over 30MB have been reduced in size, causing a slight loss in image quality. These files are marked with an asterisk.

Part One - Landscape Assessment

Part Two - Ecological Assessment

 

South Wealden Growth Area - Landscape and Ecological Assessment Study (April 2017)

In August 2016 Wealden District Council commissioned The Landscape Partnership to undertake landscape and ecological assessments of potential development sites within the South Wealden Growth Area (SWGA) including Hailsham, Polegate and Willingdon, Lower Horsebridge, Hellingly, Magham Down, Lower Dicker and Upper Dicker. The purpose of the study is to assist the Council with the allocation of sites for residential development and inform the development of site-specific ecological and landscape policies within the Wealden Local Plan.

The scope of the study comprises landscape and ecological assessments of a number of sites that were submitted to the SHELAA process as available for potential development. The sites that were assessed in this study are listed in the Contents and Index of Sites (pdf). The study provides detailed assessments of these sites suitability, from a landscape and ecology perspective, for development. The report and supporting appendices can be downloaded below.

Please note that as the assessment is a large document, individual chapters have been uploaded. Files over 5MB have been labelled with their file size. Files over 30MB have been reduced in size, causing a slight loss in image quality. These files are marked with an asterisk.

Contents and Index of Sites (pdf)

1.0 Introduction (pdf)

  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Scope of the study
  • 1.3 Methodology
  • 1.4 Structure of report
  • 1.5 List of sites
  • Figure 1.1

2.0 Landscape and Ecological Context (pdf)

  • 2.1 Landscape Context
  • 2.2 Ecology Context
  • Figure 2.1

3.0 Hailsham West (11MB) (pdf)

  • 3.1 Context
  • 3.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 3.1 - 3.6

4.0 Hailsham East (10MB) (pdf)

  • 4.1 Context
  • 4.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 4.1 - 4.6

5.0 Hailsham South (9MB) (pdf)

  • 5.1 Context
  • 5.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 5.1 - 5.6

6.0 Polegate and Willingdon (12MB) (pdf)

  • 6.1 Context
  • 6.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 6.1 - 6.7

7.0 Hellingly and Lower Horsebridge (10MB) (pdf)

  • 7.1 Context
  • 7.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 7.1 - 7.6

8.0 Upper Dicker and Lower Dicker (7MB) (pdf)

  • 8.1 Context
  • 8.2 Overview of assessments
  • Figures 8.1 - 8.6

9.0 Magham Down (7MB) (pdf)

  • Context
  • Overview of assessments
  • Figures 9.1 - 9.6

Appendix 1 - Ecological Site Assessments

Appendix 2 - Landscape Site Assessments

Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment Supplementary Report (November 2016)

In November 2016 the Council commissioned Chris Blandford Associates to undertake supplementary study to the Landscape and Settlement Character Study (2014) for Durgates and Sparrows Green in Wadhurst. The supplementary study provides the same level of assessment as that of the 2014 study in relation to Durgates and Sparrows Green and is for the same purposes as the 2014 study to contribute to the Councils Local Plan evidence base and help underpin decisions on how best development can be accommodated, having regard to the landscapes within the District, for the plan period. The report can be downloaded below:

Wealden Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment (November 2014)

Chris Blandford Associates carried out a Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment on behalf of the Council in 2014. The main purpose of the study is to contribute to the Councils Local Plan evidence base and help underpin decisions on how best development could be accommodated, having regard to the landscapes within the District, for the plan period. The assessment will also help to develop landscape management and protection policies within the Local Plan.

The study assesses the landscape in the 3 distinct character areas of the District; the High Weald, Low Weald and Pevensey Levels as well as at the more local scale of specific settlements, including those identified under Policy WCS6 of the Core Strategy.

Due to the size of the assessment it has been divided and is available to download and view by Chapter and settlement. Files over 5mb have been labelled with their file size.

Title, Contents & Contact Pages (pdf)

1.0 Landscape Study Introduction - includes sections 1.1-1.3 (pdf)

  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Purpose and Objectives
  • 1.3 Structure of the Report

2.0 Methodology - includes sections 2.1-2.4 (pdf 7.2mb)

  • 2.1 Approach
  • 2.2 1:250,000 Landscape Characterisation
  • 2.3 1:10,000 Settlement Setting Characterisation
  • 2.4 Landscape Evaluation

3.0 Landscape Character Context - includes sections 3.1-3.5 (pdf)

  • 3.1 General
  • 3.2 National Landscape Designations
  • 3.3 National Character Areas
  • 3.4 County Landscape Character Areas
  • 3.5 Local Landscape Character Types and Character Areas

4.0 The High Weald Landscape - includes sections 4.1-4.5 (pdf)

5.0 The Low Weald Landscape - includes sections 5.1-5.6 (pdf)

6.0 The Pevensey Levels Landscape - includes sections 6.1-6.6 (pdf)

7.0 Landscape Capacity for Renewable Energy Development - includes sections 7.1-7.3 (pdf)

  • 7.1 General
  • 7.2 Indicative Landscape Capacity for Solar Farms
  • 7.3 Indicative Landscape Capacity for Wind Turbines

Appendix 1 (pdf)

Appendix 2 (pdf)

Appendix 3 (pdf - 8.6mb)

 

The Landscape Group of East Sussex County Council carried out a landscape character assessment and Development Option Evaluation Study to inform the preparation of the Core Strategy.

Landscape Study Volume 1

Landscape Study Volume 2

Due to the size of Volume 2 it has been divided, and is available to view and download, by area.

Landscape Study Volume 3

Due to the size of Volume 3 it has been divided, and is available to view and download, by area.