Next week Wealden District Council will consider a report before starting formal consultation on their new Local Plan.
The Local Plan is the key planning document. It will set out the policies which shape how our district will develop over the next 15-20 years.
Wealden District Council withdrew the last plan which was years in development and this year started over again, when an independent Planning Inspector told the authority they had failed in its legal duty. Since then, with outdated policies and without a five-year housing land supply, the district has seen a slew of planning applications from developers.
The Direction of Travel Consultation is the first step. It aims to give residents, businesses, neighbouring authorities and other stakeholders an opportunity to engage with the Planning Policy Team at an early stage in the process.
Four broad options are proposed to deliver the vast majority of the growth in the district. Recently the strategy has been to try and focus growth by extending existing towns. Another alternative might be to establish new settlements, dubbed “Garden Villages”, of around 2,000 to 5,000 homes, plus associated employment opportunities and community infrastructure. The document explains the options are not mutually exclusive and a combination could be used.
The document that sets out the issues, opportunities, challenges and critical planning matters that face our district. There are ten key themes, including climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy including town centres and tourism, the natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design, and health & wellbeing.
It is proposed for the public consultations will run between 23rd November and 18th January 2021.
Next week the Local Plan Sub Committee will note the contents of the draft document and agree the timings of the consultation.