In July 2015, Hailsham Town Council agreed to the production of a Neighbourhood (Development) Plan as one of its strategic aims to achieve in the future.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new rights and powers that allow local communities to shape new development in their neighbourhoods by preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans which set out policies in relation to development and use of land in a particular area. Such Plans are intended to be a tool for positive planning and not a way of preventing development.
The Neighbourhood Plan for Hailsham will consider what sort of homes should be provided in and around the area in future and the level of infrastructure required to support both new development and the existing community.
In developing the Plan, the Neighbourhood Planning Committee set up by the Town Council (consisting of councillors and residents) will consider what sort of homes should be provided in the area in future and the level of infrastructure required to support both new development and the existing community.
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The following vision took on board feedback obtained from residents at a public engagement event held at the Hailsham East Community Centre in February:
“Hailsham will be recognised as a destination for leisure, shopping and culture. It will have embraced and harnessed its growth potential and benefitted from the necessary infrastructure to support and retain its strong sense of community, civic pride and social wellbeing. Hailsham will be established as a balanced, well-proportioned and prosperous town offering its residents a high quality of life.”
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