As part of the SHLAA, or strategic housing land availability assessment, recently completed by Wealden District Council, several sites in Buxted, and Five Ash Down in particular, are on the list (see link below) of those deemed ‘potentially suitable’ for development.
The SHLAA is a technical assessment of which sites (put forward by landowners) may or may not be suitable for development up until 2026. The sites in Buxted are those that the Parish Council supported in the Local Development Framework consultation. It is, however, disturbing to see so many sites in Five Ash Down on the ‘potentially suitable’ list, given the risk that the village could end up merging with north Uckfield. This goes against national policy and the Parish Council will do all it can to ensure this doesn’t happen. Although the consultation period is over, the parish council will do this through representations.
It is important to understand that the SHLAA does not determine whether a site should be allocated for development, however, but is a source of evidence to inform in the next stage of the Local Development Framework when preferred sites to accommodate the target numbers are allocated. The Wealden SHLAA was undertaken by WDC officers using a methodology devised with central government guidance. A suitable site needs to ‘…contribute to the creation of sustainable, mixed communities.’ For further information firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the planning policy team on 01892 602007.Acrobat Reader