Information for Agents relating to Planning Matters

Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area, Special Area of Protection and Site of Special Scientific Interest

Details on the current situation within the Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas including Briefing Note, Maps of the areas and further supporting information, following on from the progress on the development of an Interim SANGs mitigation Strategy and in respect of nitrogen deposition and other mitigation and monitoring matters.

Corporate Update 19th October 2018

Corporate Update 28th June 2018

Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategy Tariff Guidance – updated 1 May 2018

Corporate Update 12th April 2018

Corporate Update 22nd February 2018

Briefing Note on the Ashdown Forest, Pevensey Levels and Lewes Downs Air Quality Reports 3rd November 2017

Corporate Update 12th October 2017

Update 27th September 2017

Corporate Update 6th September 2017

Update 9th June 2017

Update 20th March 2017

Update 3rd March 2017

Following the publication of the Wealden Local Plan on 3rd March 2017, the below information is under review.  Further updates to this information will be provided over the coming days.

Update December 2015

Update July 2015

General guidance and maps for agents relating to the submission of planning applications within the 15km zone along with standard conditions and other associated information.

Five Year Land Supply

Local authorities are required to demonstrate that they have a 5 year supply of land for housing development in accord with paragraph 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Wealden District Council has undertaken a calculation of the housing land supply for the 5 year period and this is presented below.

Wealden’s Five Year Housing Land Supply as at 31st March 2016 (pdf)

Permitted Development Rights 2013

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 came into effect from 30th May 2013.

Regulation 73 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010

Information available outlining the situation for those proposing to exercise permitted development rights within the Zone of Influence of the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Procedural Changes which came into effect on the 25th June 2013

When submitting details for planning applications the Government has recently amended the Regulations as part of its streamlining the planning process via the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Amendment) Order 2013.

Key changes relate to:

  • the removal of the need to submit Design & Access statements for a range of small scale development
  • validation disputes – regarding information submitted
  • the removal of the need for planning authorities to give reasons why they have granted planning permission.

North and South Hailsham Waste Water Treatment Works

Following the adoption of the core strategy the Council has been closely monitoring the position on waste water capacity for the Hailsham north and Hailsham south waste water treatment works. A Wastewater Position Statement as at June 2015.

Local List of Information Requirements

Following the consultation on the review of the Local List of User Requirements (formerly known as the Local Validation Criteria) which was carried out during February/March 2012, the Council has introduced these requirements, effective from 1st January 2013.

The main changes to the Local List of User Requirements (including Appendices) are:-

  • The format aims to be more concise and, wherever possible, less onerous with the intention of speeding up the validation process.
  • Only 2 sets of application forms and accompanying documents are required (unless submitted electronically).

For Major and Minor development, (i.e. new housing, offices, industry, storage, warehousing, retail, distribution etc but not householder, advertisements, change of use, listed building/conservation area consents or lawful use certificates), there is a requirement to submit a summary document explaining the proposal. This is intended to assist statutory consultees and local stakeholders to understanding the proposal. The document should give an overview of the proposal and a clear description of its key impacts. It should:

  • Be clear and concise
  • Make use of bullet points
  • Be easy to read and in plain English
  • Contain simple drawings and plans, e.g. site plan, layout plan
  • Be no more than 10 pages in length

More documents are available which may be useful to Agents which include the Planning Newsletter

Top Ten Tips for Agents and Applicants when submitting Plans and Documents

With the increase in the submission of electronic planning applications and consultation with Statutory and other consultees now being carried out electronically, the Council has produced Guidance for Agents and Applicants (pdf) when submitting plans and documents. The purpose of this is to help speed up the receipt of planning applications and also is in response to comments received from consultees.

Agents Panel

This panel is made up of 14 agents and representatives from the Department who meet quarterly to discuss current Planning matters. The meetings provide a useful forum for agents to air any issues of concern.

Useful Presentations

Copies of Powerpoint presentations given at previous training events.

Guidance Documents

Useful documents which will assist in the development of any proposed scheme when submitting a Planning Application: