Wealden District Council

Neighbourhood Plan Area Designations

The procedures for producing a Neighbourhood Plan are set out in the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, which came into force on 6th April 2012.

The first step is to submit to the local planning authority an application for the designation of the area to be covered by each Neighbourhood Plan. A Town or Parish Council may choose to produce a Neighbourhood Plan that covers all or part of their parish. They must submit to the local planning authority the following:

      (a) A map which identifies the area to be covered by the Neighbourhood Plan; and
      (b) A statement explaining why the area concerned is appropriate; and
      (c) A statement confirming that they are a "relevant body" under the legislation.

In most cases, the local planning authority in Wealden is the District Council. However, for those parts of Wealden which lie within the South Downs National Park, applications for the designation of Neighbourhood Plan Areas must be made to the National Park Authority.

Once an application is received from a Town or Parish Council, it will be publicised on this website and also publicised by the Parish Council in any way they communicate with their community.

Comments must be submitted in writing and cannot be accepted as anonymous. All information received is public information (subject to the Data Protection Act). Comments can be submitted via email or by post.

All comments will be treated equally, although it will be up to the District Council to balance any conflicting opinions when considering the Plan Area application. A report summarising the area designation and any issues raised by consultation will be considered by the Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development when deciding the Plan Area application and a decision made via Portfolio Holder Decision. A record of this decision will then sent to the relevant Town or Parish Council and placed on this website. If the decision is to refuse to designate the Plan Area, then the District Council will also publish its reasons for making that decision.

Crowborough Town Council application for Neighbourhood Area (pdf). The consultation on the Crowborough Neighbourhood Area Designation closed on Monday 28 April 2014. View the four responses received in the consultation (pdf). Following the consultation period the application for designation as a neighbourhood area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 5th June 2014 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council submitted an application for designation of the whole of the parish area to be designated for the purposes of neighbourhood planning. The application was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 15th August 2017 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

Hadlow Down Parish Council submitted a formal application (pdf) to establish a Neighbourhood Area, which is required to create a Community Right to Build Order. The application for designation of a Neighbourhood Area was subject to a six week consultation on the suitability of the proposed boundary which ran between Monday 14th March 2016 and Monday 25th April 2016. During the consultation period, seven responses (pdf) were received, two of which were blank. The application for the Parish of Hadlow Down to be designation as a Neighbourhood Area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development as a Portfolio Holder Decision, which was effective from 23rd June 2016.

Hailsham Town Council submitted a formal application (pdf) to establish the whole of Hailsham Parish as a Neighbourhood Area. Three responses (pdf) were received during the consultation on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Area designation, which closed on Tuesday 7th June.

Following the consultation the application was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 19th August 2016 as a Portfolio Holder Decision, which was effective from 28th August 2016. A further Planning and Development Portfolio Holder Decision was made on 19th August 2016 regarding an additional consultation response.

Hellingly Parish Council Application for a Neighbourhood Area (pdf). The consultation on the Hellingly Neighbourhood Area closed on Monday 18th October 2015. View the one response received in the consultation (pdf). Following the consultation period, the application for designation as a Neighbourhood Area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 5th November 2015 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

Hartfield Parish Council Application for Neighbourhood Area (pdf). The consultation on the Hartfield Neighbourhood Area Designation closed on Monday 11th November 2013. Following the consultation period the application for designation as a neighbourhood area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 4th December 2013 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

Herstmonceux Parish Council Application for Neighbourhood Area (pdf).

The consultation on the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Area Designation closed on Monday 14th January 2013. Following the consultation period, the application for designation as a Neighbourhood Area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 6th February 2013 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

The consultation on Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2027 Pre Submission Plan (pdf) and Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (pdf) closed on Friday 24th January 2014.

As part of the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Development Plan, Wealden District Council undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening of the draft plan and consulted with the statutory environmental bodies. It was determined as part of this process that an SEA is not required for the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Development Plan. The letter of determination along with the responses from the environmental bodies are provided below:

Frant Parish Council submitted a Neighbourhood Area Application (pdf) to the Council, proposing to designate the whole of Frant Parish as a Neighbourhood Area. A six week consultation on the suitability of the proposed designation ran between Monday 16th January 2017 and Monday 27th February 2017 during which one response was received (pdf). Following the consultation, the application was approved on 25th April 2017 as a Portfolio Holders Decision by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development.

Maresfield Parish Council Application for Neighbourhood Area (pdf). The consultation on the Maresfield Neighbourhood Area Designation closed on Wednesday 3rd October 2012. Following the consultation period the results were reported to the LDF Sub Committee on 14 November 2012 and the application was approved. 

As part of the Maresfield Neighbourhood Development Plan, Wealden District Council undertook a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening of the draft plan and consulted with the statutory environmental bodies. It was determined as part of this process that an SEA is required for the Maresfield Neighbourhood Development Plan. The letter of determination along with the responses from the environmental bodes are provided below:

The consultation on the Uckfield Neighbourhood Area Designation closed on Monday 28th April 2014. View the one response that  was received in the consultation (pdf). Following the consultation period the application for designation as a neighbourhood area was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 5th June 2014 as a Portfolio Holder Decision.

Wadhurst Parish Council submitted an application for designation of the whole of the parish area to be designated for the purposes of neighbourhood planning. The application was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development on 8th November 2017 as a Portfolio Holder Decision (pdf).