East Hoathly Village Concerns Blog

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Wealden Local Plan Update – 12 October 2017

Following the Wealden Local Plan update issued on 6 September this note provides
further information on progress with the plan:

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WLP Evidence Base Study 2017 Part 1 and 2:East_Hoathly

PART 1:

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR EAST HOATHLY: LANDSCAPE

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PART 2:

WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN: LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL SITES FOR EAST HOATHLY: ECOLOGICAL

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Javid announces methodology to assess local housing need

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation on the government’s proposals for calculating local housing need as the government looks to deliver measures set out earlier this year in the housing white paper.

Village Concerns Annual General Meeting Summary

Village Concerns had its first AGM on Sept 5th 2017. Despite a rainy night over 20 people attended. Kate Richardson, Chair, gave a recap of the changes in planning policies and Local Plans produced by Wealden District Council, particularly in the last 4 years. She showed how these changes had affected East Hoathly and Halland, in particular in terms of development boundaries and number of houses allocated for future development. After several different allocations, at the moment East Hoathly has an allocation of zero houses and a tightly drawn boundary around existing development, Halland has an allocation of 30 houses and a defined core area.

The number of houses in Wealden as a whole has been reduced because scientific studies have shown that the Ashdown Forest is being damaged by nitrogen oxide gases from car exhausts. As yet it is unclear what the future holds. Wealden are continuing to gather evidence for submission to the delayed draft Local Plan to the Council. No date as yet for this submission.

Agents, such as Parker Dann, have been asked to wait until September 29th 2017, when more information may be available before pursuing determination of their submitted plans whilst WDC move forward with the draft Local Plan. Submitted plans in this location include Hesmonds and Buttsfield Lane for East Hoathly; Bramblebank and Hop Garden for Halland.

Kate Richardson also outlined the work that Village Concerns has been doing since May 2016. From these early beginnings, there is now a Steering Group of 11 members and over 250 supporters. Kate thanked everyone for their hard work.

Things could change again and we need to be ready for this but hopefully there is now a window when both Villages can look positively at planning for their future. The Neighbourhood Plan is well underway – an excellent way forward.

Jonathan Walker then spoke about the Neighbourhood Plan updating us on where the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan is at now. This was added to by Diane Knill, Parish Councillor and Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee who was present.

David Dobbs presented the Treasurers report on what we have had to spend these past 18 months, this primarily being on the Planning Consultant and the Barrister. We had a slideshow to accompany our AGM which included a slide with our finances, up to date.

Kate Richardson was re-elected as the Chair.

Questions were then taken from the floor (discussions followed) which included: The Foresters; informing the villages about updates including on the bus stops (as perhaps very few realise East Hoathly could still be threatened by the potential 205 new homes on Stud land and also perhaps very few are aware of the delay of Wealden’s final Local Plan); and a discussion on any conflicts of interest that could arise between the PC, NP and Village Concerns. Detailed minutes will follow.

Since Village Concerns’ AGM, WDC have issued an update to interested parties, copy attached for those on our email list. It appears that there is more delay for the Local Plan as evidence is not yet ready for submission. We are not sure how this will affect the plans on hold in East Hoathly and Halland. Much will depend on the actions / patience of developers. Maybe we will know more at the end of September.

For those of you reading this poster, if you would like to see the Wealden update referred to above and you are not on our email list, please email us at:   villageconcerns2016@gmail.com  and request the update.

Thank you.

Protect ancient woodlands and hedgerows against developers.

Dr Tony Whitbread, CEO of Sussex Wildlife Trust takes us on a tour of an ancient woodland next to one of the many oil drilling sites springing up across the Weald. He shows us what’s under threat and explains why the Sussex Wildlife Trust is opposing these developments.

Traffic surge through East Hoathly July 2017

On a day in July when the A22 was closed because of an accident, traffic through our village is dense and dangerous:

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Village Concerns AGM

Village Concerns AGM
Tuesday, September 5th
7:30-9pm
East Hoathly Village Hall

Election of a District Councillor for Chiddingly and East Hoathly July 2017

Disappointing turn out at 26.17%.

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16th July Britain’s leading Conservative blog for news, comment, analysis and campaigns

Javid is set for the mother and father of all dust-ups with Conservative-controlled councils, whose fear of the Party’s collective leadership …. the Communities Secretary “is ready to ‘shame’ some council leaders into owning up to housing needs”

16th July Guardian-Countryside in crisis: why rural Britain needs a new deal

Brexit … is also likely to bring to a head issues concerning the fabric of rural life that have long been unravelling.