All four tiers of local government have joined forces to support growth by bringing essential road and transport improvements to Hailsham and Hellingly.
The Movement and Access Strategy for Hailsham and Hellingly (MASHH) steering group will ensure all development comes with the proper infrastructure.
The MASHH steering group consists of representatives from Hailsham Town Council, Hellingly Parish Council (HPC), planning authority Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council (ESCC), which is responsible for highways and transport.
A key role for MASHH is to prioritise spending on improvements using the money made available through contributions by developers under Section 106 agreements. Some of the money for the town’s new infrastructure work in the future is expected to come from contributions made by housing developers through the new Community Infrastructure Levy. Wealden District Council has begun preparations to start collecting the new levy in April 2014.
Cllr Roy Galley, Wealden’s Planning and Development lead, said: “Some 1,645 new homes have been built or are under construction in the Hailsham area since 2006, and a further 1,300 are expected to be built by 2027.
“These will support economic growth and bring jobs to the area but it can’t happen unless better roads and transport links are in place. The steering group wants to make sure workable plans are put forward that meet with the approval of local people.”
Cllr Jo Bentley, mayor of Hailsham, said: “I am delighted to endorse the scheme which will help ensure future developments in Hailsham are matched with the appropriate and sustainable improvements in infrastructure.”
Cllr David White, chairman of HPC, said: “I am excited about the prospect of working together with Hailsham Town Council and the other local authorities to deliver transport improvements for the area.”
Rupert Clubb, ESCC director of Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “These transport schemes are fundamental in making improvements to the area as a whole and we look forward to working closely with the other members of the Steering Group.”