ONLY 500 RESIDENTS took part in a consultation about planning development which could see the landscape across the Wealden region changed in the future.
Some 3,000 responses were received from residents for Wealden District Councill’s Strategic Development Sites last month, February.
The Strategic Sites Development consultation looked at 12 proposed development areas to identify specific sites for future housing and associated growth.
Wealden District Cllr Roy Galley was pleased with the turnout and said: “I am very pleased that so many people have taken the trouble to contribute to our continuing consultation process as we seek to ensure sustainable new development takes place in Wealden over the next 20 years.
“I would also like to thank local parish and town councils and the local newspapers and radio for the important part they have played in promoting discussion in the future of the district.
“As in all planning consultations, the responses cover a range of differing views and the council will use these to achieve a policy balancing housing and economic growth, consistent with the preservation of our unique landscape and environment.”
The six week consultation included four strategic site exhibitions organised by the district council as well as other events organised by local towns and parishes, following extensive consultation about future development in Wealden dating back to 2007.
Cllr Galley added: “An important part of our policy is to ensure that development is supported by the right community infrastructure such as highways, schools and health facilities. The recent consultation, organised by East Sussex County Council, on reducing traffic congestion in Uckfield is a good example of how we can work together to bring forward the improvements to make local people’s lives better.”
Planning officers are collating all responses available to public view soon on the planning policy section at: www.wealden.gov.uk.