Guidance for developers and consultants

The Planning Department consults us about planning applications, allowing us to comment on applications for development that could cause loss of amenity or nuisance from noise, odour, or dust, for instance.

Some developments may also need protection from existing noise sources.

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.

The Planning noise advice document has been produced by the Sussex Pollution Working Group and provides Sussex-wide guidance on how to address noise issues in planning applications. It gives clear and consistent guidance to developers, their consultants and planners on:

  • The information that will be required to be submitted with relevant planning applications, ideally as part of the validation process
  • The existing noise standards to be considered in planning decisions

The guidance complements the Noise policy statement for England (2010) (external link) and National Planning Policy Framework (2010) (external link) and is kept under review and updated as and when necessary.

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.

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.