Wealden District Council is asking residents, community organisations and businesses how they would like to be involved in the Wealden planning process in the years ahead.

A public consultation on Wealden’s Statement of Community Involvement begins on Monday 4 May and will continue until Monday 15 June. It will include how the Council intends to constructively engage with the public and other organisations about its new Local Plan. It will also take account of a number of changes in legislation which have taken place since the Council’s last Statement of Community Involvement was published in 2015.

“An important part of the planning process is to consult with members of the public, local authorities, service providers and businesses,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Wealden District Council’s Cabinet member for Planning and Development.  “This includes both our wider planning policies and individual development applications.

“We are reviewing our Statement of Community Involvement. It is important everyone is able to have a say in the planning process. With the improvements we have all seen in digital communications, we welcome opportunities to improve the way we consult in the most efficient and timely way.”

The consultation can be accessed online from the Planning Policy pages of the Wealden website.

The easiest way to respond to the consultation is via the consultation portal where you can comment on any part of the SCI and your comments will then be directly submitted to us.

You can also download a PDF version of the draft SCI document and response form.   They can be emailed or posted back to the Council when completed.

Every week Wealden District Council publishes My Alerts, a free email newsletter that lists new planning applications it has received which are close to the recipient’s address. Recipients can vary proximity the planning information they receive from 100 metres to one kilometre. More than 16 000 residents have signed up for this service which includes details of bin collections, council news and information.