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NEXT QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY FOR RESIDENTS!
The Neighbourhood Planning Team will be launching a 4-week questionnaire in which residents can have their say on the emerging ideas and identify priorities for infrastructure and other provision in the future.
The survey, which run from 9.30am on Tuesday 1st August until 4pm on Thursday 31st August, can be completed online at:
Alternatively, hard copies can be obtained from the Hailsham Town Council offices in Market Street.
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND OUR NEXT PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENTS WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CIVIC COMMUNITY HALL IN VICARAGE LANE ON FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST (10AM-NOON) AND FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST (2PM-4.30PM).
Residents will be able to find out more about the draft policies of the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan at both consultation events and help the Neighbourhood Planning Committee identify priorities for local infrastructure and other provision in the future.
More information about the neighbourhood planning process will be available, including the Committee’s achievements to date and residents will have the opportunity to view maps and display stands, ask Committee members any questions about the way forward with the Plan and have their say on how future housing development can best be accommodated in the future.
Free softplay equipment will be available for children aged 0-5 years at both events and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.
In July 2015, Hailsham Town Council agreed to the production of a Neighbourhood (Development) Plan as one of its strategic aims to achieve in the future.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new rights and powers that allow local communities to shape new development in their neighbourhoods by preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans which set out policies in relation to development and use of land in a particular area. Such Plans are intended to be a tool for positive planning and not a way of preventing development.
The Neighbourhood Plan for Hailsham will consider what sort of homes should be provided in and around the area in future and the level of infrastructure required to support both new development and the existing community.
In developing the Plan, the Neighbourhood Planning Committee set up by Hailsham Town Council (consisting of members and residents/lay-members) will consider what sort of homes should be provided in the area in future and the level of infrastructure required to support both new development and the existing community.
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The following vision took on board feedback obtained from residents at a public engagement event held at the Hailsham East Community Centre in February:
“Hailsham will be recognised as a destination for leisure, shopping and culture. It will have embraced and harnessed its growth potential and benefitted from the necessary infrastructure to support and retain its strong sense of community, civic pride and social wellbeing. Hailsham will be established as a balanced, well-proportioned and prosperous town offering its residents a high quality of life.”
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The Committee needs to acquire proportionate, robust evidence which will influence and support the choices made and the approach taken. We will continue to ENGAGE, ENTHUSE and ENERGISE Hailsham residents to have their say and be part of the Neighbourhood Plan in order to help shape the town’s future.
“The Wealden Plan’s proposals for the scale of urban expansion in Hailsham has been debated at great length by the Town Council. The consensus has come down on the side of pragmatism, and this Council has in its response, presented an argument that whatever level of development is allocated to Hailsham, it can only come if the full requisite level of supporting infrastructure is delivered alongside.” – Cllr Glenn Moore – Chair, Neighbourhood Planning Committee
It is anticipated that the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan preparation process will be carried out in parallel to the draft Wealden Local Plan timescale.