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Call for sites to help plan for future

Publish Date: 2 June 2020

An assessment of available land throughout the District, which can be used to support future development, is getting under way as a statutory part of Wealden District Council’s new Local Plan Process.

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The assessment will include sites proposed for housing, economic and retail development, gypsy and traveller accommodation, green infrastructure, community facilities, tourism and leisure uses, and renewable energy schemes. Housing includes provision for elderly  people, families and younger households. Economic development can include warehouses, factories and offices.

“As the District continues to grow, it is important we find suitable locations for jobs, leisure and health facilities. We will also need to factor in land use which can ensure we are carbon neutral by 2050, if not sooner,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member of Planning and Development.

“We want to take account of all the available land in the District to make sure the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) we carried out for our earlier Local Plan is fully up to date. This will give us the best mix in our future Local Plan.  Our assessment will include both individual sites, where we may expect to see development take place over the next five years, and broader locations where we may see activity over the next 15 years.”

Wealden’s call for sites and broad locations will last from 1 June until 10 August, 2020. The Council will be getting in touch with landowners, developers and agents who submitted land for consideration through the Council’s earlier SHELAA exercises to see if the land continues to be available. But it also wants to hear from people who did not take part in the previous assessment and may have land which they would like to be considered. Sites may have been previously developed. In such cases, they may also be included in the Council’s Register of Brownfield Land.  Further information about the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment can be found on the Local Plan pages of the Wealden website.

The Council’s SHELAA exercise does not include that part of Wealden that lies in the South Downs National Park. The inclusion of land in a Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment does not necessarily mean it will get planning permission or be allocated for development in the next Local Plan.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10/06/1921 – 09/04/2021


Message from Councillor Pam Doodes, Chairman of Wealden District Council: 

“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Councillors and Officers of Wealden District Council are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.”


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sadly, we are not able to have a designated area for flowers and tributes but we are suggesting that people can make donations if they so wish. We understand the financial pressures of the current situation so please do not feel obliged to donate. However, for those who wish to and are able to do so, The Duke of Cambridge has launched an urgent appeal asking those who can, to donate money to the National Emergencies Trust to help local charities, distribute money and support victims in combatting the impact of the pandemic.

Further information is available at www.nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk

For details of arrangements in your area, please visit your Town/Parish website. A list of the Town and Parish details can be found on our website.

Book of Condolence: 

Regrettably, due to the pandemic there will be no public condolence book set up at the Wealden District Council offices but members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence  on The Buckingham Palace website

Church Services: Our local churches are in the process of working through the practicalities of having the church buildings open so that the public may come in to pay respects in this way. We would advise contacting your local church for details.

Please visit The Buckingham Palace website to find further details about what is happening at a national level; details of the funeral arrangements will be available in the coming days.

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