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Help Determine Key Priorities for Neighbourhood Plan

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Aerial view of Hailsham 

Hailsham Town Council invites local residents to attend a public meeting to discuss and find out more about the progress of the Hailsham Neighbourhood Development Plan, which takes place at the Hailsham East Centre in Vega Close on Thursday 9th February, from 6.45pm.

The meeting will explain more about the neighbourhood planning process — including recent achievements – and explore how the Town Council and local residents can take it forward successfully.

Short presentations will be given on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Team’s recent work, public consultations and other activities and there will be an opportunity for residents to ask Team members any questions about the way forward with the Plan.

The event will also include various interactive exercises to help determine the key priorities regarding future development, taking into consideration infrastructure, design, traffic and transport, services and local environment.

The Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Team would like as many interested people as possible to attend the public meeting, find out more what this all about and see if you can contribute.

Councillor Glenn Moore, chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee said: “The Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan is our opportunity to plan the future of our town and determine how potential future housing numbers and development can best be accommodated and facilitated.”

“Although the Town Council is responsible for leading the process, it is our commitment, by way of public consultation exercises such as this meeting, that residents and the community at large determine our town’s future, its design, provision of facilities and infrastructure needed to support future housing growth.”

The Neighbourhood Planning Team has set up various focus groups which have met throughout the autumn to pull together priorities for the Plan in terms of housing and design, retail, business and employment, environment and heritage.

“Our public consultations have generated a lot of interest and responses,” said Town Clerk John Harrison. “Through such consultations we aim to ensure that the local community is given the opportunity to voice their opinion on how the town should grow in the future and the infrastructure it would need in order to do so successfully.”

“The opinions and findings of everyone who has taken part in our consultations so far have been put into the mix and I’d encourage residents to come along to this public meeting and help influence the way forward for the Plan.”

Please note that the purpose of this public meeting is for residents to be updated on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Team’s activities and progress on the development of the Plan to date, as well as asking questions and taking part in interactive exercise.

The meeting is not a consultation on the emerging Wealden Local Plan and therefore not an opportunity to prevent the levels of housing planned for Hailsham.

Wealden District Council’s timetable envisages submission of its draft plans to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination in May 2017. It is anticipated that the Neighbourhood Plan preparation process will be carried out in parallel to the draft Local Plan/Area Action Plan timescales.

For more information on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan, click here.

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Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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