Wealden Draft Local Plan – Consultation

On 26 February 2024, Wealden District Council confirmed that it had agreed a Draft Local Plan Regulation 18 document alongside a supporting Sustainability Appraisal.

To coincide with the Draft Local Plan, Wealden District Council has launched an eight-week public consultation period for the public to have their say.


How long does the consultation last?

This consultation takes place from 5pm, Friday 15 March to 5pm, Friday 10 May 2024, and is both in-person and online.


How the Plan affects Uckfield

The Draft Local Plan plots a range of potential development sites across the district. As one of the four main towns in Wealden, being central in the district and well-connected by public transport to most other areas, Uckfield is a key player in the Draft Local Plan.

Uckfield has 11 sites for future development that are laid out in the Plan (listed on page 379), ranging from a site of six dwellings to another of 350 dwellings.

Another site that is not included in the allocation of developments but is suggested in the Plan is on Land West of Uckfield – Owlsbury. This is listed on page 74 of the Plan documents and is raised for feedback in the Consultation survey.

In order for residents to have their say on all of these developments, and others in the district, we strongly encourage submissions to the Consultation to ensure Uckfield’s voices are heard.

The relevant documents discussed here are:

Full Draft Local Plan document: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/UploadedFiles/Full-Draft-Local-Plan-Accessible-Version-RGB-2.pdf

Policies Index Map: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/UploadedFiles/Policies-Map-Index-Map.pdf

Uckfield Policies Map: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/UploadedFiles/Uckfield-Policies-Map-56.pdf

Uckfield Town Centre Policies Map: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/UploadedFiles/Uckfield-Town-Centre-Policies-Map-57.pdf


How can I get involved?

An in-person event will be held at Uckfield Town Council’s facilities at The Civic Centre Uckfield on Saturday, 13 April between 10am and 4pm.

A full list of the venues hosting in-person events can be found here:

Hailsham Civic CentreVicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 2AXSaturday 23rd March 202410.00AM – 16.00PM
Maresfield Village HallBridge Road, Maresfield, East Sussex TN22 2HJMonday 25th March 202414.00PM – 20.00PM
Polegate Community Centre43 Windsor Way, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6QFTuesday 26th March 202414.00PM – 20.00PM
Uckfield Civic CentreCouncil Offices, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1AESaturday 13th April 202410.00AM – 16.00PM
Heathfield Community CentreSheepsetting Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 0XGWednesday 17th April 202414.00PM – 20.00PM
Crowborough Community CentrePine Grove, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1FESaturday 20th April 202410.00AM – 16.00PM
East Hoathly Village HallChurch Marks Lane, East Hoathly, East Sussex BN8 6EQMonday 22nd April 202414.00PM – 20.00PM
Frant Memorial HallThe Green, Frant, East Sussex TN3 9EDTuesday 23rd April 202414.00PM – 20.00PM
Horam Village HallHoram, East Sussex TN21 0JESaturday 4th May 202410.00AM – 16.00PM


Getting involved online

The virtual exhibition of the Plan, and the chance to offer feedback online, opened on Friday, 15 March on Wealden District Council’s consultation portal here: https://consult.wealden.gov.uk/kse/

More information for the consultation and Draft Local Plan is available here: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news/wealden-draft-local-plan-consultation-dates-released/

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