Hellingly Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum Stage (Spring 2021): Specified Documents

On Thursday 6 May 2021 a referendum will take place on the Hellingly 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 Hellingly 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 29th April 2020, Wealden District Council agreed the Decision Statement for the Hellingly 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 Hellingly 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.

A Referendum version of the Hellingly Neighbourhood Plan will be uploaded shortly when it is available.


Wealden District Council appointed John Slater BA (Hons), DMS, MRTPI to undertake the examination of the Hellingly Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner issued his final report on 27th March 2020.

Neighbourhood Plan Hearing.

The Independent Examiner considered it necessary to hold a Public Hearing in order to hear oral evidence on certain matters put forward in the Hellingly Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan Hearing took place at 10.00am on Tuesday 18th February 2020 at Hellingly Village Hall.  Notes from the examiner can be viewed and downloaded below.  In addition, please see the:

Written submissions provided to the Independent Examiner prior to the Hearing:

Submissions received from Hellingly Parish Council prior to the Hearing:

The following documents formed part of the independent examination process.

Following the receipt of the Draft Wealden Local Plan Planning Inspector’s letter on 20th December, Wealden District Council updated the Hellingly 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 draft Neighbourhood Plan for Hellingly Parish closed on 18 June 2019. The consultation responses and the documents forming the consultation can be viewed and downloaded below.

Consultation responses

Consultation documents

The documents will be available at the following deposit points:

Hellingly Parish Council, 25 Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2PX (by appointment only)

Wealden District Council, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX (M-F 8.30am to 5pm, Wed 9am to 5pm) and at:

Hailsham Library Western Road, Hailsham, BN27 3DN (Mon 12-5, Tue 12-5, Wed Closed, Thu 10-6, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-5)

All comments submitted during the consultation period will be passed onto an appointed independent examiner along with a copy of the Neighbourhood Plan and the supporting documents. The role of an independent examiner is to consider whether the submitted plan meets the statutory requirements set out in the legislation and consider the area the referendum should apply to.

Hellingly Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)

The Hellingly 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: