Arlington & Berwick

HARVEST SUPPER: Tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm for 7.30pm, there will be a Harvest Supper in Arlington Village Hall 01323 486219.

ARLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL: The Local Development Framework Issues and Options consultation period has been extended from November 30 to December 14. Arlington Parish Council will be submitting representations to Wealden District Council before that closing date and is reviewing the proposals as follows: November 19, at 7.30pm in Arlington Village Hall, feedback on the working party between councillors of the three parishes (Arlington, Berwick and Hellingly) and an opportunity for parishioners to feed in their comments. December 10, at 7.30pm in Upper Dicker Village Hall where the Arlington Parish Council will discuss their submission to the consultation.

There are major concerns that the proposals do not, and actually cannot, address infrastructure issues such as: Major road building; access to public transport; adequate water supply; adequate disposal/treatment of sewerage; sufficient electricity from the Grid; access to education; sufficient medical resources; sufficient support for social issues such as an aging population.

What can parishioners do? Go to the Wealden District Councils exhibitions. Come to the parish council meetings. Make representations to Wealden District Council before December 14 by going to: http://www.wealden.gov.uk/wealdenlocalplan

BERWICK PARISH COUNCIL: The next full Berwick Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday November 26 at 7.30pm. Berwick Village Hall. The agendas are on display at http://berwickparishcouncil.org/ and on the parish council noticeboards.

FEEDBACK FROM SEPTEMBER: Councillors were briefed on the first phase of Issues and Options for the new Wealden Local Plan, which deals with housing need. Under this new plan Wealden’s Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OHAHN) is just under 20,000 dwellings by 2037. This plan is backdated to 2013 and will include units already granted permission since April 2013. In the case of the parish of Berwick the new plan requires the construction of 26 dwellings between now and 2037, of which 11 have already been granted permission at Station Farm, leaving 15 dwellings to build by 2037. This new plan has to go through a process of public consultation, where it will be tweaked, then sent for approval to cabinet, then Full Council and then the National Planning Inspector, a process which will take about two years. If all runs smoothly the new plan will be implemented by summer 2017. Full details can be found on www.wealden.gov.uk. The consultation period runs from October 19 to December 14.

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