Have your say on where homes go


People living in Wealden can have say on where new homes, businesses, green spaces and roads could go.

Seven public exhibitions looking at the issues, options and recommendations outlined in the new Wealden Local Plan begin next week.

Details of the Local Plan are now online at the Wealden website. These include information on proposals for communities including Hailsham, Hellingly, Polegate, Arlington; Polegate, Willingdon, Heathfield, Crowborough, southern edge of Tunbridge Wells, Stone Cross, Westham, Herstmonceux, Ninfield, East Hoathly, Horam, Mayfield and Wadhurst. So people have enough time to look at plans and visit the exhibitions the consultation period has been extended to eight weeks from Monday, October 19-Monday, December 14.

Planning Cabinet member Cllr Ann Newton said: “The new Local Plan heralds an important period of growth for parts of the

District. The Local Plan, which highlights a need for some 12,750 additional new homes to be built by 2037, should be seen as part of a wider growth agenda across the whole country. The Plan includes an economic strategy to meet the need for jobs and safeguards to ensure that necessary new infrastructure is delivered at the same time as new homes. The Plan is a comprehensive document and residents can view sections that interest them and I hope go to one of seven exhibitions to discuss proposals with planning officers as they take part in the consultation. We want our plan for Wealden’s future to be your plan too. This gives you the chance to make your views known.” Dates are: Crowborough Community Centre, October 22/1.30-6.30pm. Uckfield Civic Centre, October 27/2-7pm. Hailsham Community Hall, October 31/10am-2pm. Uplands Community Centre, Wadhurst, November 3/2-7pm. Hailsham Community Hall, November 13/2-8pm. Hailsham Community Hall, November 13/2-8pm. Polegate Community Centre, November 14/10am-2pm.

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