Latest phase of planning for future work begins

THE NEXT phase of Wealden’s Local Development Framework, providing the guidelines for all future development in the District until 2030, is expected to begin in October.

This next phase will be the Examination in Public, when an independent inspector reviews representations made by members of the public and organisations on the council’s proposed Core Strategy.

Through the Core Strategy, the ‘top down’ housing targets set by the previous Government have been reduced to provide for an average of 400 homes a year until 2030 - a level which Wealden District Council believes balances the need for growth with the local capacity to accommodate that growth.

This spring, Wealden called for the public to give their views about the proposed Core Strategy.

The council has received 1,770 representations from 272 different individuals and organisations.

“I am pleased that so many have taken the opportunity to become involved,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden District Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Development.

“Wealden’s Core Strategy has been a triumph for localism, and the interest that has been shown, reflects how important local views are in the planning debate.

“It will be the duty of Inspector to consider these representations and decide whether our Core Strategy is sound and can be legally adopted as the guiding framework for future development in Wealden over the next 20 years.”

The Council will be shortly appointing a Programme Officer who will be contacting all those who indicated in their representations that they would like to give evidence before the Inspector.

Details of the venue and of the terms of the examination will also be publicised closer to the event.

The Public Examination will be the culmination of a four year evidence-gathering process including two Wealden-wide consultations. It has resulted in a Core Strategy which carefully balances the existing and future needs of the district against infrastructure and environmental constraints.

The Core strategy is supported by the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plans.

They show how the infrastructure needed to support growth will be provided.

All the Proposed Submission Core Strategy Representations received from February to April 18 can be viewed from the Planning and Building Control page of the Wealden web site, or directly on http://wealden.objective.co.uk/portal/planning/core_strategy/pscs?tab=list