North West Hailsham

A new community for Wealden

We are in the early stages of developing proposals for a sustainable new community to the north west of Hailsham in the Wealden District of East Sussex.

There is the potential to provide up to 2,500 new homes, including affordable homes, that will help meet Wealden’s housing requirements. Alongside new housing would be spaces for education and employment, as well as community and health facilities.

This would be set within large areas of natural open space, including a new public park along the Cuckmere River, with everything people need within walking distance to reduce reliance on cars. We are also aiming to improve public transport accessibility and enhance the existing pedestrian and cycle network to give people more choices for travel around the area.

As well as encouraging sustainable travel, we are also seeking to deliver an electric-only development and generate renewable energy on-site. Read more about our stretching goals to help redefine climate action in the property sector here.

Understanding shared ambitions

Since responding to Wealden District Council’s ‘Call for Sites’ in 2020, we have been working with Officers at Wealden and East Sussex County Council to better understand technical considerations and opportunities on the site.

We have also identified opportunities for North West Hailsham to align with the ten emerging themes that will guide Local Plan preparation, as highlighted by Wealden District Council in their Direction of Travel.  For more information please refer to our Ambition Document produced in response to the public consultation.

In the coming months, we will commence an extensive programme of public engagement to build our understanding of the area and listen to local priorities. This approach will be in line with the commitments in our community charter Positive Space. Our approach aims to set a new standard for public engagement and offer the communities we work with meaningful involvement in how their neighbourhoods evolve.

Positive Space also sets out our commitment to ensuring all voices are heard, including young people who are routinely left out of the process. We aim to use a national youth engagement toolkit, called Voice.Opportunity.Power, to structure the conversation with local young people, following the 5-stage process designed to give them strategic influence over changes proposed to an area.

Click here to learn more about North West Hailsham.

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