Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning
In June 2012 we provided all of the Parish and Town Council’s in Wealden with;
- A Wealden Guide to Neighbourhood Planning (pdf) and some
- Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 2013)
- Neighbourhood Planning: The Rural Front runners April 2013 (pdf)
In April 2013 the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) produced a report on a series of case studies, with particular focus on rural front runners, for communities considering neighbourhood planning to consider as they develop their own neighbourhood plans and development orders.
This guide draws upon Locality experience of working with community groups that are considering or undertaking Neighbourhood Planning. Whilst other guides are predominantly concerned with the legislation and process, locality have included guidance on good practice and worksheets for carrying out each part of the plan.
Wealden District and the South Downs National Park
Wealden District has two Planning Authorities covering its geographic area: Wealden District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and Wealden District Council have agreed to the principle of signing up to a joint protocol on neighbourhood planning. This will clarify who is the lead authority in terms of providing advice and support, and who is responsible for arranging any referenda, and the examination requirements.
If you are representing a Town or Parish Council that is considering producing a Neighbourhood Plan or Development Order within the South Downs National Park Authority, please contact Andrew Triggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01730 811759.
The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Neighbourhood Planning
If your area is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty then we encourage you to discuss the neighbourhood plan with High Weald AONB Neighbourhood Planning unit (external link).
Presentation materials and general information from any recent events on neighbourhood planning are available below.
- Wealden Parish and Town Councils Workshop – April 2012 (pdf)
- Feedback from the Parish and Town Councils Workshop – April 2012 (pdf)
If you wish to organise an event and provide us with details please let us know. Similarly, if there are any particular issues which you would wish to be covered by such events that Wealden may run in the future then please let us know.