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Wealden Local Plan Sites – Landscape and Ecological Assessment Study – July 2017

This study details ecological and landscape information to inform the process of identifying suitable sites for future development. Please note that the south of the district is dealt with in a separate report below. The report presents a desk top survey and field surveys for each site considered, together with overall summaries of the settlements identified. The study also identifies habitats and landscape features of value and sensitivity and makes recommendations for their creation, protection, maintenance, enhancement and restoration where appropriate as part of their development. The sites which were included in this study can be found in the Contents, Introduction and Settlement Assessment
The documents below provide the remaining part of the report and include a landscape assessment methodology, an ecological assessment methodology, along with individual areas where the sites were assessed. These documents can be downloaded below (please note that some documents have large file sizes):

Part One – Landscape Assessment

Part Two – Ecological Assessment

South Wealden – Landscape and Ecological Assessment Study – April 2017

Wealden District Council commissioned The Landscape Partnership to undertake landscape and ecological assessments of potential development sites within South Wealden including the settlements of Hailsham, Polegate and Willingdon, Lower Horsebridge, Hellingly, Magham Down, Lower Dicker and Upper Dicker. The purpose of the study is to aid the Council in terms of determining the allocation of sites for residential development and to inform the development of site-specific ecological and landscape policies.
The scope of the study comprises landscape and ecological assessments of a number of sites that were previously submitted to the SHELAA process as available for potential development. The sites that were assessed in this study are listed in the Contents and Index of Sites .
The study provides detailed assessments of these sites suitability, from a landscape and ecology perspective, for development. The report and supporting appendices can be downloaded below.

Appendix 1 – Ecological Site Assessments

Appendix 2 – Landscape Site Assessments

Wealden Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment – 2014

Chris Blandford Associates carried out a Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment on behalf of the Council in 2014. The main purpose of the study was to contribute to the Councils planning policy evidence base and help underpin decisions on how best development could be accommodated, having regard to the landscapes within the District, for the study period.
The study assesses the landscape in the three distinct character areas of the District; the High Weald, Low Weald and Pevensey Levels as well as at the more local scale of specific settlements, including those identified under Policy WCS6 of the Core Strategy, this can be found in the Title, Contents & Contact Pages.

Landscape Studies

Landscape and Settlement Character Assessment Supplementary Report 2016

In November 2016, the Council commissioned Chris Blandford Associates to undertake supplementary study to the Landscape and Settlement Character Study (2014) above for Durgates and Sparrows Green in Wadhurst. The supplementary study provides the same level of assessment as that of the 2014 study but in relation to Durgates and Sparrows Green only in order to help underpin decisions on how best development can be accommodated, having regard to the landscapes in those specific areas. The report can be downloaded below: