At present the Council is preparing a new Local Plan for Wealden. The plan will provide policies to shape our places, plan and manage growth within the district and provide guidance for development over a 15-20 year period. It will ultimately be the key planning document to make decisions on planning applications.

Direction of Travel Consultation is the first stage in the engagement process and (in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012) residents, businesses and stakeholders are encouraged to take part in the consultation.

A number of key planning themes have been identified that need to be addressed in the local plan: climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy and employment, town centres, tourism, natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design and health and wellbeing. Key challenges, opportunities and critical planning issues for each have been identified and how these could be included in a new Local Plan.

The consultation will be open for an eight-week period between 09:00am Monday 23 November 2020 to midnight on Monday 18 January 2021. The Council is keen to hear your views at this early stage so they can understand what is important to communities. All responses will be considered and will be used alongside policy and legislation to help shape the local plan.

If we can assist you in making representations please do not hesitate to get in contact.  Please contact Dan Page or Sam Finnis in our Sussex office on 01435 873999 if you have any queries. Alternatively you can email us at