Eastbourne Borough Council is calling for assistance from the local community to help identify land for future development in the town. The Council and its partners are seeking suggestions for suitable sites in Eastbourne as it prepares the new Local Plan which will act as a guide for future developments within the borough up to 2035.
To create the new Local Plan, the Council need to update the Strategic Housing & Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) as part of the process. To help to compile the schedule, the Council is undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ inviting local residents, councillors, developers, landowners and other interested parties to put forward sites they think would be suitable for housing or employment development, either in the short term or looking to the next 19 years. The production of a Local Plan is a central government requirement, and a failure to produce one may result in government imposing plans onto local authorities which may not be sympathetic to local needs.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Lead Cabinet Member for Place Services, said, "The new Local Plan is vital in determining the future direction of development in the town. Each year, changes in population and household makeup results in a need for high quality, affordable housing to be provided, so it is important that we identify all sites with potential in order to allow us to choose the most appropriate sites for development. Planning can be an emotive issue, so it is very important that the public have an opportunity to put forward sites that they would like to see developed. As with previous plans, this authority will initially look to develop brownfield sites, as we feel the protection of our green spaces is vitally important.”
Sites identified by the public, along with the Council's own knowledge, will help Eastbourne Borough Council decide what options may exist to meet the needs of the future. Submitting details of potential land doesn't guarantee that it will be included in the final plans, as there are many things to consider before the final decision about the use for these areas of land are made.
People who have suggestions for land to be considered should submit the details of the site via the Council’s website. Suggestions should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 12th August 2016. For more information, please contact the Regeneration & Planning Policy Team on 01323 410000.