Wealden District Council is drawing up a series of Character Appraisal Documents for all the District’s 33 Conservation Areas.

These Appraisal Documents will define the special interest and character of each Conservation area to help the Council protect and manage our important local heritage. They will form part of the Wealden Local Plan and be used when making planning decisions.

Once each Character Appraisal Document has been drawn up, it will be added the Conservation Areas page of the Wealden website. You will able to see what is said about each area, and a formal public consultation of the draft appraisals and the Management Plan for the Conservation Areas will take place once all 33 areas have been appraised. This work is expected to take 18 months. The first Conservation Appraisal is for Old Heathfield & Cade Street; Withyham and Maresfield will be available to view online shortly.

The Conservation Areas page on the Wealden website can be found in the section. Click on the drop down box to reveal the list of designated Conservation Areas in Wealden, and you will find the Draft Conservation Areas Character Appraisal listed under each Conservation area once it has been published.

The 33 Conservation Areas in Wealden are in: Arlington, Boreham Street, Chalvington, Chiddingly and Muddles Green, Cowbeech, Crowborough, Danehill, East Hoathly, Eridge Green and the Forstall, Five Ashes, Fletching and Splaynes Green, Forest Row, Framfield, Frant, Hailsham, Hartfield, Hellingly, Maresfield, Mayfield & Coggins Mill, Old Heathfield and Cade Street, Pell Green and Cousley Wood, Pevensey and Westham, Ripe, Rotherfield, Rushlake Green, Selmeston, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Waldron, Warbleton, Wartling, Willingdon Church Street and Withyham.

Prior to the formal public consultation on the documents, additional photographs and figures will be added, along with maps associated with the Appendices.  Text may also be updated within the individual documents.

Parish Clerks will be notified when draft Character Appraisals are added to the website for a conservation area within their Parish boundary.