Decision on a Plan Proposal
On 29th April 2020, Wealden District Council agreed the Decision Statement for the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan. This sets out the modifications that will be made to the plan in response to the Examiner’s modifications.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Government has introduced legislation that postpones all elections and referendums that would have ordinarily been held during a specified time period. This means that, at the time of writing, the referendum for the Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Area would be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. The Government has indicated that the situation will be kept under review and if safe to do so, further legislation will be laid that will permit by-elections and referendums sooner than 6 May 2021 – but there is no guarantee if/when that might happen.
In the meantime, Section 70(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) provides that a local planning authority must have regard to a post examination draft neighbourhood development plan, so far as material to the application.
The Referendum version of the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan is provided below:
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version – March 2020)
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan SEA Addendum Report (May 2020)
Wealden District Council appointed John Slater BA (Hons), DMS, MRTPI to undertake the examination of the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner issued his final report on 11th March 2020.
As part of the independent examination, the Examiner raised a number of questions.
- Hailsham NDP Initial comments from Examiner July 2019
- Wealden District Council response to examiner comments Sept 2019
- Hailsham Town Council response to examiners comments Sept 2019
- Hailsham Town Council response to Regulation 16 comments Sept 2019
- Hailsham NDP letter from Examiner 24th October 2019
In addition, an exploratory meeting was held. Details are provided below.
Following the receipt of the Draft Wealden Local Plan Planning Inspector’s letter on 20th December, Wealden District Council updated the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Habitat Regulations Assessment Report. Natural England and the Environment Agency were consulted on the report as part of this process. The report is below:
Regulation 16 – Pre Submission consultation on a draft Neighbourhood Plan
Consultation on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan closed on 18th June 2019. The consultation responses received together with the documents which were the subject of the consultation can be viewed below.
- Beer, Ray
- Bovis Homes
- Highways England
- East Sussex County Council
- Gladman Developments
- Gleeson Strategic Land and Rydon Homes
- Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture
- Hailsham Labour Party
- Friends of Park Wood Hellingly
- Southern Water
- National Grid
- Natural England
- NHS Property Services
- Rowe, Geoffrey
- Hailsham Active
- Woodland Trust
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission version – March 2019
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement – March 2019
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement – March 2019
- Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan – May 2019
- Hailsham Character Assessment – December 2017
- Hailsham Town Centre Analysis – May 2017
- Hailsham Town Wide Analysis – May 2017
- SEA and HRA Screening – October 2018
- Scoping Report for SA (Incorporating SEA) November 2018, LUC for Hailsham
- SA (incorporating SEA) March 2019, LUC for Hailsham
- Non-Technical Summary of SA (incorporating SEA) March 2019 LUC for Hailsham
Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
The Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) is available to download below as well as email responses from Natural England, The Environment Agency and Historic England:
- Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan HRA SEA Screening Reg 16 – October 2018
- Natural England response
- Environment Agency response
- Historic England response
The Hailsham SEA Screening Opinion Determination Letter is available to download below: