This autumn sees the next steps towards the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Hailsham.
A lot has happened since the launch of the Neighbourhood Planning Team earlier this year including two public consultations, the first of which enabled residents to have their say via a questionnaire on what sort of homes should be provided in and around the Hailsham area in the future, taking into consideration local environment and sustainability, design, traffic and transport, economy, services and facilities.
Detailed analysis of the questionnaire results have been published and the Neighbourhood Planning Team has used the information to enable various focus groups to look at specific areas, including housing, environment and infrastructure.
Since the Team’s focus groups have been set up, a second public consultation questionnaire was launched recently by the Business & Employment group, in which local businesses can say what makes Hailsham a good place to do business and what is needed in the future to sustain the local business community when further housing development takes place.
The results of the business and employment consultation will be collated and published in the coming weeks.
“Our public consultations have generated a lot of interest and responses,” said Councillor Glenn Moore, chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning Committee. “Through such consultations involving residents and local businesses we aim to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to voice its opinion on how the town should grow in the future and the facilities and services it would require to do so.”
“We’d like to extend our thanks to all local residents and businesses who have taken part in the consultation process so far and provided feedback on what key issues should be covered in the emerging Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan.”
Hailsham Town Council has already appointed a suitably qualified consultant to help in the preparation of the town’s Neighbourhood Plan, the aims and objectives of which will be to:
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.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan document will be produced showing what the town wishes to influence in it future development and, if agreed by a majority, will be subject to a local referendum. Once adopted, the document will become planning guidance that developers are obliged to consider, and all planning applications will have to concur with.
Councillor Glenn Moore added. “If we are successful with this Neighbourhood Plan, then we will have made a significant contribution into influencing what the Hailsham area will look like and in terms of the level of additional infrastructure required.”
For more information on the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan click here.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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