A Vision for our Parish

2021 to 2040

East Hoathly with Halland has embarked on preparing a Neighbourhood  Plan (NP).  This work began in 2017 and was progressing amidst the evolution of the Wealden Local Plan.  The Government Planning Inspectorate rejected the Submission Wealden Local Plan in early 2020 and it was formally withdrawn on 19 February 2020.  Planning matters within Wealden District Council (WDC) therefore revert to the previous statutory development plan that consists of the adopted Wealden District Core Strategy Local Plan (February 2013), the saved policies of the adopted Wealden Local Plan (1998) and the Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan (May 2016).  WDC are expected to publish a new Draft Local Plan for consultation in 2022.

Neighbourhood Plans are still valid and we are still progressing our work.  This website charts that progress of the work already done and gives you the opportunity to examine the documents that support our emerging NP.  You are all most welcome to come to our Consultation Events and have your say.  You may wish to get involved, visit our public events or just make a comment via this website.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications.

Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.

A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

If you want to read our latest draft of the emerging NP, click here.

If you want to get more information about Neighbourhood Plans then have a look at the Process section and in our Document Library.

Work on our NP has been ongoing since 2017.  The draft plan has evolved and been open for a range of public consultations and events.  There has been regular liaison with WDC and the draft plan is now ready to be taken to the next stage of its process.  The Parish Council have formally requested a Screening Report for a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft plan. The current version of our draft NP has been approved by the Parish Council and has been submitted to Wealden for examination prior to the commencement of the formal Regulation 14 Consultation.  See the Process section for further explanation.

What is the point of having a Neighbourhood Plan ?  The answer is simple.  It would provide the following benefits irrespective of the amount of housing that we eventually have to deal with:

Enhanced Protection - many of our treasured assets are already protected by being Listed, part of the Conservation Area or designated as things such as Ancient Woodland.  A Neighbourhood Plan provides the opportunity to review these assets and begin the process to enhance these protections. It will enable us to review how we make use of these assets and how they might be improved. It also allows us to identify Green Spaces that will be given significant protection from future development.

Shape the future of our Parish - to have the opportunity to get the right type of development in the right place.

Community Led Housing - a Neighbourhood Plan allows us to support a project for a Community Land Trust that will provide low rent houses for local families that will remain outside the private sector.

More Cash for the Parish - any development that takes place in the Parish provides a cash levy to WDC to help fund infrastructure projects (mostly outside our Parish). The Parish currently gets 15% of this cash (capped to £100 per Council Tax paying home in Parish). With a Neighbourhood Plan in place the Parish would get 25% to help improve our Parish infrastructure.

What’s Next ?

The most current version of our draft plan can be seen in the Draft NDP section.  We now await WDC's final comments before we put forward our draft for formal Regulation 14 Consultation.

The Parish Council set up a Steering Group in January 2017 comprised of several Parish Councillors and other members of the community.  The Council specified the Terms of Reference for the Steering Group and sought approval from Wealden that the whole of the Parish should be designated as the area for our NP.  The individuals forming the Steering Group have changed over time and the current membership includes 4 Parish Councillors, 4 members of the Parish and it is chaired by the head of the Parish Council Planning Sub Committee.  If you have any expertise relevant to the Steering Group or are just interested in helping in the process, please let us know.