Wealden District Council
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Local Plan Evidence Base

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires policies to be underpinned by robust, relevant and up to date evidence to support and justify policies at a local level. We have undertaken a number of studies covering a range of topic areas and we have referred to these, as relevant, in the Draft Wealden Regulation 18 Local Plan.

For certain planning topic areas our evidence base work is ongoing, this includes our evidence around climate change and biodiversity for example, where we have wanted to progress this work at the right time to ensure that it is as up to date as it can be before we submit the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination.

As we refine the plan for the next stage, certain evidence bases that we have undertaken may also need to be updated to account for baseline information changes such as forthcoming Census data or national policy / legislative changes. This will include updates to our Housing and employment evidence base for example, where more up-to-date Census data is now available.

The evidence base reports that have informed the draft Wealden Regulation 18 Local plan are provided under the relevant topic headings below:

Previous green infrastructure studies can be found here

Additional documents that relate to our gypsy and travellers studies can be found here.