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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 www.wealden.gov.uk/planningshlaa and can be returned either by post or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in Sussex and email@example.com 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.
“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 www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/rural-crime/country-watch or Sussex Pathwatch at www.pathwatch.info.
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