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Wealden Local Plan Examination


The day is being rescheduled due to the overrun of yesterday’s (23/05) hearing sessions and the need to cover HRA issues before AF1 and AF2.

Apologies for the short notice.

The programme officer will be contacting those who were due to appear to check availability in order to reschedule the last questions of DAY 3 – HRA and DAY 4.

The Hearings will recommence on Wednesday 29th May at 10.00 am as the programme currently states – Matter 2 (Policies EA1- EA3) and continue as published.

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update 21 May 2019

The Council has been provided a revised Programme: 

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update 20 May 2019

The Council has been provided with the final Programme and Agendas for stage 1 of the Examination which are available below, along with the Council's opening statement: 

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update 10 May 2019 

The inspector has provided the Council with a revised timetable for stage 1 of the examination.

The responses to the Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions are published in the Wealden Local Plan Examination Library.

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update 2 May 2019 

The inspector has provided the Council with a draft timetable for stage 1 of the examination. 

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update 10 April 2019

The Inspector has provided the Council with a draft hearings timetable for the examination and published guidance notes and the matters, issues and questions for discussion at the examination hearings. Please note: Statements will be accepted until 5pm on Wednesday 8 May 2019 (due to the bank holiday). 

Wealden Local Plan Examination Update - 18 March 2019

The Inspector has concluded her initial consideration of the submitted Plan, evidence and duly made representations.

Given the strategic nature of the plan, she intends to carry out the hearing sessions in two stages. Stage 1 of the hearings, are likely to address matters of strategic significance, and of legal compliance. However, details will be set out in her forthcoming Matters Issues and Questions which will be publicised on the examination website.

If she concludes that the plan is legally compliant and likely to be capable of being found sound, given the potential for her to recommend main modifications, the Examination will then proceed to Stage 2. A further set of Matters Issues and Questions would then be published. At the moment it appears that these are likely to relate to development management policies and specific housing and employment allocations. However, this list should not be relied on, and may change.

The date for the second stage of the hearings has not been confirmed, but it is hoped that this will take place mid to late summer. 

Stage 1 of the Examination to be held at the East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted, Uckfield, TN22 5ES (54 Bus from Hailsham). The hearings are expected to run for 6 days.

Week Commencing 20 May: Tuesday 21 May, Wednesday 22 May and Thursday 23 May. 
Week Commencing 27 May: Tuesday 28 May, Wednesday 29 May and Thursday 30 May 
Further details will be placed on the website in due course.

Inspector’s Appointment

In response to the submission of the Wealden Local Plan, and in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) Louise Nurser BA (Hons) Dip UP MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination to determine whether the above-named Local Plan is ‘sound’ and legally compliant.

Important dates and examination documents will be publicised here. Please ensure that you keep abreast of its contents. The Inspector has written a letter to introduce herself to those who have made duly made representations to the Plan. She looks forward to working with all parties in her examination of the Plan.


All enquiries relating to the examination should be submitted to the Local Plan Programme Officer – Lynette Benton, who has been appointed to support the Inspector during the examination process.
The Programme Officer may be contacted by -
Email: lynette.benton@wealden.gov.uk
Post: FAO Local Plan Programme Officer, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX
Telephone: 07977 415678 

The Local Plan submission documents including a full index of the documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate can be viewed in the Wealden Local Plan Submission Library.