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Sustainability

Sustainability is not a stand alone theme and is an essential part of all of the elements of any plans for the regeneration of Hailsham town centre. It is our aim that any new development proposals include new buildings that achieve zero or near zero net energy consumption (Passivhaus standard46). 

Redevelopment in the town centre will mean that we are building on brownfield sites and thus lessen the loss of greenfield sites surrounding the town.

New buildings will be built more sustainably. Any potential replacement of current unsustainable buildings will make way for the construction of new high energy efficient buildings. These will maximise the use of energy from renewable sources.

New buildings will include sustainable urban drainage systems. These must have the same run off as the existing buildings with a 40% improvement to allow for climate change.

Locating housing close to the town centre will reduce the reliance on unsustainable transport solutions, such as the car and allow for better access to public transport. Regeneration will promote sustainable modes of transport including public transport, walking and cycling.

Charging points for electric vehicles, or associated infrastructure for electric car technology, should also be incorporated into any new development.

Trees, hedges and open space are an important part of the conservation area within Hailsham town centre. It is the aim of any regeneration to incorporate these elements further into the town centre and include planting for biodiversity in any new development.

The key aspects of natural planting and important views being included as part of any regeneration is further supported by Council policy documents. Policy BED 1 states “…seek to retain existing important landscape and natural features including trees, hedges and watercourses…”

(Wealden Draft Submission Local Plan, January 2019) 

Views across the Low Weald

The aspiration of this regeneration is in line with the objectives of the Vision for Hailsham and the South Wealden Growth Area as identified in both the Wealden Local Plan Submission Version, January 2019 and the Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version, March 2019.

 “…development must…Promote sustainable modes of transport, including public transport, walking, and cycling. Charging points for electric vehicles, or associated infrastructure for electric car technology, should be incorporated into new residential, employment and retail developments.”

(Policy BED 2: Transport and Site Design, Wealden Local Plan Submission Version, January 2019)

 “Proposals for low carbon and renewable energy schemes will be supported, subject to other polices in the development plan… and other relevant landscape and natural environment polices. Community initiatives which seek to deliver renewable and low carbon energy will be encouraged.”

(Policy NE 7: Low Carbon and Renewable Energy, Wealden Local Plan Submission Version, January 2019)

 “Wherever possible public EV charging infrastructure, such as cabling, should be provided such that it can be expanded to provide additional charging stations for future use.”

(Policy HAIL AQ1: Charging points for electric vehicles, Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version, March 2019)

 “Proposals for new development are required to embed sustainable design and construction techniques from the outset…Proposals for new development are required to embed sustainable design and construction techniques from the outset.”

(Policy HAIL AQ2: Sustainable design and construction, Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version, March 2019)

“Development proposals which demonstrate that the proposed buildings have a net emission rate of zero or below, or are proposed to be certified Passivhaus buildings, are encouraged.” (Policy HAIL AQ3: High energy efficient buildings, Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version, March 2019)

 “Community initiatives which seek to deliver renewable and low carbon energy will be encouraged in appropriate locations.”

(Policy HAIL AQ4: Renewables, Hailsham Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version, March 2019)