In 2009 the Board agreed to undertake a project to examine rural deprivation. The project looks at what data is currently available to help identify instances of deprivation and considers where and how services need to be better targeted to address this. More information and the report's findings can be found here:
The LSP also agreed to assist with a pilot project to help develop an Infrastructure Delivery Plan for the Local Development Framework. As a result, Wealden District Council, with support from the Planning Advisory Service, has developed a plan that sets out how the infrastructure required alongside the new housing allocated in the Local Development Framework Core Strategy will be put in place.
The plan covers what physical, social and green infrastructure is needed to enable the amount of development proposed for the area, taking account of its type and distribution. It also sets out who will provide the infrastructure and when it will be provided. More information on such plans is available from the Planning Advisory Service website.
A background paper (pdf, 561kb), setting out the on-going dialogue with bodies involved in the regulation and delivery of infrastructure relevant to Wealden District and the Local Development Framework was published as part of the Core Strategy Consultation in July 2009. The Infrastructure Delivery Plan builds on this work.
The Local Development Framework Core Strategy has now been published and submitted to the Secretary of State for examination. It, along with the Infrastructure Delivery Plan and other subsidiary documents can be found here:
This is not the end of the project - the Plan will be a living document, part of an on-going process of engagement with infrastructure providers on the planning and delivery of key services. It will be an important tool to draw together partners' capital spending budgets and plans, to map out capital assets and look at opportunities for shared delivery of services, and the LSP will continue to contribute to this work.
The LSP has followed developments in the field of internet access for a few years. We have published our response to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills consultation on proposals for funding Next Generation Broadband. The LSP is currently taking actions recommended as ways to increase broadband uptake and increase the likelihood of broadband suppliers installing the hardware needed for faster internet connections in the Wealden. Find out more here.