Wealden District Council
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Guidance for developers and consultants

This page summarises important factors for developer to consider from an Environmental Health perspective before submitting a planning application.

The Planning Department consults us, allowing us to comment on applications for development that could cause loss of amenity or nuisance.

We can request conditions to be attached to applications and will give informal advice on how to comply with relevant legislation.  The aim of these conditions is to protect public health and to prevent issues including noise, light and land potentially affected by contaminated, from causing problems after the development has been completed. Resolving such problems after completion of a development is generally more difficult and costly than preventing them in the first place.

Preventing future Statutory Nuisance

Statutory Nuisances occur when significant problems due to noise, odour, light (and other Statutory Nuisances) prevent the ‘average person’ from enjoying their home.

Air Quality Assessments

The cumulative effects on air quality due to numerous developments needs to be properly considered. The Sussex Air Quality Partnership has developed Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation Guidance Information about the air quality in the Rother area is available from Sussex Air.

Provision for drainage

Wealden is a large rural district and new developments may not be able to connect to the mains sewer.

Land that may be contaminated

Commercial premises, including farm yards and barns, may be affected by contamination due to past uses.