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Call for Sites in Herstmonceux Parish

Wealden District Council is reviewing its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) in respect of a limited number of settlements in the District. The purpose of the exercise is to provide up-to-date evidence on the availability of land for housing development within these settlements, to support the development of the Council’s emerging Delivery and Site Allocations Local Plan. The study settlements are:

Heathfield, Wadhurst, Frant, Herstmonceux, Ninfield, Horam, Maresfield, Berwick Station, Cross-in-Hand, Boreham Street, Ripe, Selmeston and Upper Dicker.

As part of this process we are now undertaking a Call for Sites for land which is located either within or adjacent to one of the above settlements. In order for land to be considered through the SHLAA, we are asking for a SHLAA New Site Form to be completed and returned by 11 August 2014.

At the same time we are also contacting agents and landowners who have previously submitted land which is located either within or adjacent to one of the above settlements, for consideration through the Wealden SHLAA. In order for the land to continue to be considered through the SHLAA we are asking for a SHLAA Review Form to be completed and returned by 11 August 2014.

Forms can be printed or downloaded from the Council’s website at and can be returned either by post or by email to Further information, including the methodology that will be used for the SHLAA Review, is also available to view on the Council’s website.

Any forms which are submitted for land which is located within an area designated as a “Neighbourhood Area” for the purposes of neighbourhood planning (currently Herstmonceux and Maresfield Parishes), will be scanned and sent via email to the relevant Parish Clerk. Land located within these Parishes (where it is considered to be related to one of the study settlements) will however still be assessed through the District Council’s SHLAA.

It is currently anticipated that sites will be surveyed during the autumn/winter and that a new SHLAA Report will be published in summer 2015. The Report will then be used to inform a consultation on the options for development in these settlements later in 2015, before the Council publishes its preferred option for a further round of consultation in 2016. The adoption of the Delivery and Site Allocations Local Plan is currently timetabled for early 2017.

If you have any queries regarding this matter, or would like to discuss any aspect of the SHLAA Review, contact.

40 years of Wealden

We have today launched ‘Forty for Tea’ a community event to celebrate 40 years of Wealden. As you will see from the attached press release, I will be inviting forty members of the public (plus their guests) to afternoon tea at Ashdown Park Hotel on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

I would really like your help with promoting this event and would like to ask you to let as many people in your parish know about it. To enter the ballot there is a very simple online form to complete (link below) which can be found on the home page of the Council’s website or call Democratic Services on 01892 602720. In order to be nominated one of the following criteria must be met:


If you, friends, relatives or any of the parish councillors are eligible and would like to be entered into the ballot please do complete the online nomination form (one form per nomination).

I will also be formally inviting the Chairman of each parish/town council to this event, the invitation are due to be sent out next week.

Kind regards
Brian Redman
Chairman, Wealden District Council

Warbleton Bell Appeal - 22nd June

Music in rural churches was once a community affair with villagers joining and playing their own instruments. Sussex Harmony, a popular Lewes based group will perform in costume their programme “And every voice a song”.  This will cover the music that would have been heard during a Sussex year from Wassail through to harvest and Christmas with some readings from the period pre-1850. St Mary’s Church, Warbleton 3.00 pm on Sunday 22nd June. There will be no entry charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the bell appeal.  More about the music at or phone Paula Nicholson on 01435 830934.

Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan

The public consultation on Herstmonceux Parish Draft Neighbourhood Plan was carried out from 29 November 2013 - 24 January 2014.

330 replies were received to the consultation representing 278 households (23.5%) out of the 1183 households in the parish. 11 replies were received from individuals who live outside the parish and 7 replies from administrative or commercial bodies.

At the Steering Group Meeting held on 11 March 2014, it was recommended to the Full Council that a revised Neighbourhood Plan should be prepared. This plan would be based on the information to date but with further public consultation with workshops, discussion groups and public meetings. Further work should be undertaken on the Strategic Environmental Assessment and both the revised draft plan and the Strategic Environmental Assessment should be sent out for a six week public consultation.

However, as part of the next stage of the Local Plan, Wealden District Council is undertaking a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment to identify potential development land in the parishes.

The consultation on the methodology for the Site Allocation for parishes in Wealden ran from 3 March - 31 March

The call for sites in parishes will be published in May 2014 and officers from Wealden District Council have confirmed that details of any sites put forward in Herstmonceux Parish will be made available to Herstmonceux Parish Council. The information should be available by September 2014.

The site allocation element is an important part of the Neighbourhood Plan and in June 2013 a request was made for potential development sites in Herstmonceux. Twelve sites were offered by landowners and developers to the Neighbourhood Plan process to accommodate the minimum seventy dwellings required in Herstmonceux between 2014 -2027 by the Wealden Local Plan.

The Parish Council considers that it is important to consider any additional sites to those previously submitted to Herstmonceux Parish Council in June 2013. Therefore, the Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been put on hold so that any additional sites can be included in the discussions about site allocations in the draft plan. The Council will make the details of all sites available to residents from September 2014 and a decision made by Herstmonceux Parish Council on how to proceed with the Neighbourhood Plan.

This submission document Strategic Sites Local Plan for towns in Wealden has already been completed and will be subject to a public examination by an independent inspector. Details are available on the Wealden web site

Wealden District Council will advertise the call for sites in parishes in May 2014 and this information will also be put on parish notice boards, in parish newsletters and on the parish web site.

Call 101 to help stop illegal off-roading in the countryside

People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number.
Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing in Sussex and in Hampshire.
Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said:
Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.
“That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”
Just one example of Pathwatch success was in a case of illegal off-road motorcycling on a Site of Special Scientific interest near Small Dole in West Sussex. The site, which holds three nationally rare habitats and supports a rich community of rare butterflies and moths, was blighted by off-road motorcyclists who had even brought in equipment to dig tracks. Following calls from the public, Sussex Police were able to catch them in the act and serve notice – meaning that if they reoffend in the next 12 months their vehicle will be impounded and possibly crushed. This led to the activity stopping.
Angela added:
Off-roading can be great fun so if you want advice on how to do it legally speak to the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Trials Rider Fellowship or ask us on Twitter @SussexPathwatch or Facebook.”
Find out more about Countrywatch at or Sussex Pathwatch at

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