Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum Stage (Spring 2021): Specified Documents

On Thursday 6 May 2021 a referendum will take place on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is:

“‘Do you want Wealden District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hailsham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Further information on the referendum is available in the specified documents below.

Specified Documents

Decision on a Plan Proposal

On 29 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:


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.

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 20 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.

Consultation Responses

Consultation Documents

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:

The Hailsham SEA Screening Opinion Determination Letter is available to download below: