The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall, Church Marks Lane, East Hoathly, on Monday, 27 June 2016 at 6.30 pm. At 6.15 there will be an opportunity for discussions on the Wealden Local Plan (WLP) which will be brought forward to the start of the meeting.
The WLP document ‘Issues, Options and Recommendations’ (IOR) established that 20,000 homes need to be provided in the Wealden area by 2037. Thus, Wealden District Council (WDC) is now seeking offers from Landowners to bring the total number of new houses in our village to well over 190. Currently, land which could accommodate a further 371 homes has been put forward by landowners leading to the strong likelihood of this being doubled as new offers are made.
The Parish Survey of May 2015 was conducted before the WDC push for massive development was made public. The survey dealt with village amenities for a stable population; it significantly did not anticipate the emerging threat to these infrastructure essentials: sewerage, water supply, electricity supply, surgery capacity, school capacity, road capacity, waste management.
Our Parish Council will very soon be invited to discuss with WDC our village infrastructure requirements to meet the potential housing development.
Villagers need to make the Parish Council aware and consult the community before the WDC meeting in order to take on board the vision and aspirations of the local community and especially village opinion on infrastructure requirements.
The same consultation could also gather village opinion on the type, appearance and spatial strategy of sustainable development in the absence of a Neighbourhood Plan.