Wealden Local Plan – Direction of Travel Consultation

The Council is preparing a new local plan for Wealden District. The Local Plan will provide policies to shape our places, plan and manage growth in the district and guide development over a 15-20 year period. The Local Plan will ultimately be the key planning document against which we assess and make decisions on planning applications.

The Direction of Travel consultation is the first stage in our engagement process and we are keen to hear your views at this early stage so that we can understand what is important to our communities including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and Town and Parish Councils, as well as our partner organisations and stakeholders.

Within the consultation document we have identified a number of key planning themes that we know we will need to address in our local plan. These themes include climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy and employment, town centres, tourism, the natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design and health and wellbeing. Under each of these themes we have identified what we think are the key challenges, opportunities and critical planning issues for our district and how these could be included in a new local plan. We also set out some broad growth options for consideration as well.

Throughout our consultation document we ask a series of questions as well as provide an opportunity for you to tell us what you think on each planning theme. All of the responses we receive will be considered and we will use these along with national policy, legislation and guidance to help shape our Local Plan.

The consultation is running for a period of eight weeks from 9.00am Monday 23 November 2020 until midnight on Monday 18 January 2021.

How to make your comments

The easiest way to respond to the consultation is via the consultation portal and your comments will then be directly submitted to us.

If you are unable to access our consultation portal then you can email us at planningpolicy@wealden.gov.uk or write to us at Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX. Please ensure that you clearly identify which consultation question(s) you are answering.

Before submitting your comments we would strongly encourage you to read our

Guidance Notes for Respondents.

Future planning policy consultations

If you need to update the contact details we hold for you, including your preferences for how we contact you, then please log into your account on the consultation portal and follow the instructions. If you do not have a consultation account yet, then you can also create one using this link. Please contact the Planning Policy team if you need assistance or you have any questions.

If you do not wish to receive any further correspondence from the Planning Policy Team then please contact us by emailing planningpolicy@wealden.gov.uk.