Ann Newton is a seasoned councillor who should not be  bamboozled by officers on the take




Councillor Ann Newton - Councillors have a huge responsibility to do the right thing and have a position of trust that could earn them a lot of money if they were inclined to look the other way as to wrong doing. Then there is the housing crisis and failing all of those who are homeless or wanting to start a family on an equitable basis - instead of becoming financial slaves for the rest of their lives. Is Ann selling our youth into slavery?



Find your local councillor in the Wealden District


Councillor Ann Newton


Title:   Portfolio Holder for Planning & Development
Party:  Conservative
Ward:  Framfield
Parish: Framfield ; Heathfield & Waldron (Waldron)

Home address: 
Framfield Road
East Sussex
TN22 5LR

Phone: 01825 890103




UCKFIELD FM 21 NOVEMBER 2017 - Wealden District Councillor Ann Newton and Wealden DC Head of Planning Policy & Economic Development Marina Brigginshaw spoke with Tony Williams about the exclusion zone and pollution monitoring on the Ashdown forest:-



Terms of Office

04/05/2007 - 05/05/2011
09/05/2011 - 07/05/2015
07/05/2015 - 00/05/2019

Appointments to outside bodies

Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee (Reserve)


05/05/2015 - Data Protection Training
13/04/2016 - Planning
12/09/2016 - Planning
02/12/2016 - Keeping Councillors Safe
14/11/2017 - Overview and Scrutiny Training






A meeting with the government’s new Housing and Planning minister is being sought by Wealden District Council to continue lobbying against the high number of homes the authority is required to provide.

The council has consistently lobbied the government for the last few years to reduce its nationally set housing targets and called for a change in planning policy – with leader Councillor Ann Newton expressing the council’s concerns during several meetings with government ministers, facilitated by Wealden MP Nus Ghani.

A letter from the outgoing Housing and Planning minister Liz Fraser MP said she had noted Councillor Newton’s concerns relating to identifying a five-year housing land supply, and appreciated how important the matters are to Wealden District Council about the timescale for implementing changes to the standard method for calculating local housing need and the proposed changes to the planning system.

In December last year, the government said it had listened to all councils’ concerns and was looking to adjust housing targets and remove the five year housing land supply requirements.

The proposals would also see the council given greater powers to deter unjustified speculative applications during the production of its Local Plan.

Councillor Newton now wants to meet the new Housing and Planning minister Rachel Maclean MP to keep the pressure up. Ms Ghani has offered to set up an in person meeting at Westminster between the two politicians.

Councillor Newton said, “We remain committed to making the case that Wealden cannot deliver the unrealistic housing targets that government has required for so long and welcome the proposed changes, which we hope will enable us to protect the natural beauty and character of our district and meet our climate change requirements.

“I look forward to meeting the new minister to reiterate our concerns and thanks Ms Ghani for facilitating meetings so we can have our voice heard.”


[The question on our minds, is this all a double bluff? To make it look as if their decision making has been as a result of policies from on high. When in reality, the members have been making good use of their trusted positions to feather their nests. Enforcement actions that were actually nothing less than vendettas, abuses of process and land value manipulation, tend to suggest that this is just another Nazi Council ruse. But, in the interests of fair and balanced reporting, we'll wait and see if the new housing minister responds, and how she responds. Meantime, our roads are being churned into ploughed fields of bituminous chippings and dangerous ruts, as your taxes are diverted to pay the likes of Boris Johnson of PartyGate infamy, for fouling up the country, with his pothole politics.]





Uckfield News Ashdown Forest rule Court of Appeal overturns council decision



UCKFIELD NEWS JULY 9 2015 - 7km Ashdown Forest rule dropped but council says developers must prove plans will not harm forest

The Ashdown Forest 7km rule has been removed from Wealden District Council’s Core Strategy Local Plan.

It is this rule which has severely restricted building in Uckfield since it was introduced.

Following a hearing in the Court of Appeal, Wealden has agreed that the reference to the 7km zone and the specific reference requiring SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces) and on-site visitor management measures will be removed from its Core Strategy Local Plan policy.

All other elements of the Core Strategy remain in place.

‘Court of Appeal decision on technical point’

The victory in the Court is not a “green light” for development to re-start.

The council said it does not mean the Forest is less important today as an environmentally protected site of European significance than it was yesterday.

Cllr Ann Newton, Wealden Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “This disappointing Court of Appeal decision is on a technical legal point.

“The Judge has not said that the policy is incorrect, rather that we had not explicitly considered the alternatives.

Damage to the Ashdown Forest

“In practical terms the appeal outcome will mean that applicants will still have to prove, to the satisfaction of the council, that their development will not be causing damage to the Forest.”

“The council is already considering its detailed planning policies to protect the ecology and the wildlife of Ashdown Forest as part of its production of the Wealden Local Plan which is due to go out for public consultation in the autumn.

Habitat regulations

“All planning applications will continue to be subject to the Habitat Regulations which protect the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area. The 7km policy has provided guidance which we have now had to remove. In practical terms the appeal outcome will mean that applicants will still have to prove, to the satisfaction of the Council, that their development will not be causing damage to the Forest.

“The Council is already considering its detailed planning policies to protect the ecology and the wildlife of Ashdown Forest as part of its production of the Wealden Local Plan which is due to go out for public consultation in the autumn.”

1,000 new homes approved in Uckfield

“The Council’s members and officers recognise the need to deliver housing and recent planning approvals including 1,000 new homes in Uckfield prove this.

“But we also need to balance this with protecting Wealden’s high quality environment. This is exactly why we are making significant investment in delivering SANGS and SAMMS [Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Strategy], which are now starting to come on stream, as a key strategy for enabling development in the north of the district.”

The council said it would continue to be open to all suggestions for suitable mitigation measures to protect the forest for those applications which are deemed to require them and will be consulting with Natural England on appropriate approaches.

How it will work

Any new planning application will be screened under section 61 of the Habitat Regulations and if it is determined that the application either alone, or in combination with other factors, is likely to result in a significant effect on the Special Protection Area, then an appropriate assessment will be required to determine the implications for that site in view of the site’s conservation objectives.

Where the implications for the site are not known or it is uncertain, then the precautionary approach must by law be applied.

It will be the duty of Wealden District Council to determine if the application will have a likely significant effect on the integrity of the SPA and whether suitable mitigation measures can be applied to mitigate the impact.

Where an appropriate assessment is required, applicants will be required to provide the relevant information in order for the Council to undertake an appropriate assessment including any required proposals for mitigation measures.


October 2012: After a Public Examination, Wealden’s Core Strategy Local Plan, including the 7km protection area, approved as sound in the Planning Inspector’s report. It was subsequently adopted by Wealden District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority in February 2013.

Numerous planning appeals have been made against Wealden’s refusal to grant planning permission on the grounds of the 7km protection area. On each occasion independent Planning Inspectors have upheld Wealden’s decision.

February 2014: The Core Strategy Local Plan was subject to a Judicial Review brought by a consortium of local landowners, Ashdown Forest Economic Development.

The High Court upheld Wealden’s Core Strategy Local Plan and the policy for the 7km environmental protection area: Mr Justice Sales dismissed claims that the council had breached EU regulations by not considering alternatives to the 7km protection zone around Ashdown Forest as in his opinion the principled reasoning and evidence to justify the decision was clearly set out in the relevant environmental report.

October 2014: Lord Justice Lewison gave Ashdown Forest Economic Development leave to Appeal on the sole ground that the Council had failed to explicitly consider reasonable alternatives to the 7km zone.

July 2015: The Court of Appeal rules that the Council had not explicitly considered suitable alternatives to the 7km zone of influence and the mitigation proposed within that zone and that it was required to do so under regulation 12 of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations.

The Court of Appeal’s conclusion, “arrived at with a degree of reluctance”, has resulted in it being agreed that the reference to the 7km zone and the specific reference requiring SANGS and on-site visitor management measures will be removed from WDC Policy WCS12.




Councillor Ann Newton and David Phillips enforcement flunkey



Cllr Ann Newton with David Phillips - working together on the plan to build one thousand houses in Uckfield and never mind the carbon footprint.






Hailsham could nearly double in size under a new local plan proposed by Wealden District Council.

The council wants to see up to 9,380 new homes built in the town by 2037, which would represent a proportional growth of around 97 per cent.

The potential growth comes as the council looks to adopt a new planning framework for where new houses should be built in the area.

Hailsham has the largest level of potential development under the proposed plan but other towns in Wealden are also set for significant growth over the next 22 years.

Polegate and Willingdon could get a further 1,000 homes, while Heathfield could see 800 new homes and Stone Cross around 500.

Several villages in Wealden are also expected to grow under the plans with 350 new homes in Westham, 230 in Herstmonceux and 30 in Pevensey.

Hellingly could also have 30 more houses, 50 in Windmill Hill and 20 in Maynards Green as well as a number of smaller potential developments in villages across Wealden.

The proposal also includes plans to improve the roads, shopping centres and other infrastructure around the district as more houses are built.

Any large scale development is unlikely to take place in Hailsham and south Wealden until this infrastructure is in place.

This includes changes to local water treatment works, which are not expected to be completed until 2022.

Cabinet member for planning, Ann Newton said, “We do not expect a second phase of growth in the south to begin until seven years’ time, allowing for many of the currently planned infrastructure improvements to take place.”

Overall the council aims to allow 12,750 houses to be built in the area by 2037 – more than required under the current government guidance – as a way to ensure development only happens in areas the council believes to be sustainable.

Around 2,300 of the new houses are designed to make up for the shortfall in housing from neighbouring councils, mainly for Eastbourne Borough Council.

The proposed plan will be discussed by the council on September 25 before full details are sent out for a six-week public consultation from October 19.

Council Leader, Bob Standley said, “The local plan recommendations will enable Wealden District to expand its economy and achieve increasing prosperity in the expanding economy of the south east.

“The plan period stretches ahead over 20 years to 2037 and gives us an unprecedented opportunity to plan for our generation and the generations to come.

“The number of new homes may surprise some but they reflect the need across Wealden alongside a wider responsibility to help meet the future housing needs of neighbouring authorities. With the extended period we have chosen for the new Local Plan, we can plan for an era of growth while retaining our highly-prized landscape and environment.

“It is important that, with the new housing, we also deliver the required infrastructure including healthcare, school places and transport links as well as employment opportunities.

“We need to have vision to take this opportunity to plan ahead for a brighter future. We need to plan because if we don’t, we will get unplanned development which will not give all the benefits our communities need.”

Full details of the plan will be available on Wealden council’s website and at community centres across the district.

Residents can discuss the proposal with planning officers at seven public events to be held in the coming weeks.



Sussex Express 9,000 houses article





The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 became statute, followed by the Climate Change Act 2008 that set targets for 2050. These Acts demand that Wealden put in place a workable plan and encourage development of sustainable housing and transport. These Acts are in response to United Nations targets to fend off a global catastrophe.


A workable plan involves making sure that houses, transport and workplaces in the Wealden area reduce their carbon footprint by 3% a year to get back to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050.


If we assume that the houses in 1990 have not decreased their energy requirement, then we need to work out how many new houses have been built since 1990 - and how many more will be built by 2050 - then add them together. Unfortunately, Wealden have been handing out consents since 2008 for properties that are not energy sustainable and those that are likely to be built in the future will also be substandard in energy terms, looking at just a few of the proposals in principle.


It pretty soon becomes clear that new-builds will have to be virtually zero carbon and existing houses and factories should aim to reduce energy consumption by a lot to give us some slack. Houses that are energy self-sufficient will not look like the houses Wealden's planners are used to approving. Buildings that are modified to harvest solar energy will change in appearance somewhat - but this is typically permitted development - and if it is not the above Acts tend to support what is or will be necessary to improve existing stocks in line with a workable plan.





Wealden is a substantial district covering some 323 square miles of lush downland where wealthy people like to retire to enjoy the rural scene. Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex, home to some 143,000 people. 


This Council's responsibilities include:


* Housing

* Planning

* Building control

* Waste collection

* Recycling

* Emergency planning

* Economic regeneration


The first three include climate change reductions. The last one appears to be beyond the grasp of English civil servants - and that is why the national debt is so high. They spend taxpayers money tying up would be entrepreneurs in knots and then wonder why nobody is making things in this country. As many readers will appreciate, government directives are to encourage small businesses. Wealden, don't seem to get it. The national debt was increasing by some £2.5 billion a week in 2014. All local authorities with corrupt officers still in their employ are partly to blame for perpetuating an un-sustainable administration based on an elitist society where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.



ND   2014

£1.46 trillion  (estimated)




ND   2013

£1.33 trillion




ND   2012 

£1.04 trillion




ND   2011

£0.91 trillion





ND   2010

£0.76 trillion




ND   2009

£0.62 trillion





ND   2008

£0.53 trillion  (banking crisis)




ND   2007

£0.44 trillion  (estimated)






Two-thirds of the district is covered by the High Weald and Sussex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are 34 conservation areas and over 2,500 listed buildings, Wealden places a high value on protecting the countryside, but no value at all on protecting buildings of local historic interest - and that is why there is no Local List. They would much rather spend public money trying to hurt the occupiers of unlisted historic buildings. This is most likely because it's cheaper to deny a responsibility than to embrace it. Though, in some cases the occupiers fight back to assert their rights and demand recognition for their historic assets - causing the council to waste ratepayers money - where it would have been cheaper to do the right thing.






Dear Councillor Newton,


As a member of a council responsible for a great many historic towns and villages, and also caretaker of the public purse, could we ask you to be especially vigilant against maladministration within the Wealden District Council.


Obviously, we want to do our best to keep your council on the straight and narrow - and the way to do this is to monitor your progress and where applicable, lobby members, MPs and the media, pointing our potential pitfalls, so helping your council to avoid administrative errors. We thus contribute to council efficiency.


One of the most important functions that a council is charged with, is to provide a rolling stock of land for affordable housing. The fact that most councils are not doing so, is a major problem that is making the next generations financial slaves.


While (empire) building mansions might make a lot of bankers and landlords very happy; it is fair? We were under the impression that Britain was aiming to be at 1990 carbon levels by 2050. That goal relies on sustainable practices and sustainability equals affordability. Huge profits for some and slavery for others is not zero carbon friendly.


Building expensive homes, where we cannot house low wage earners, is economic lunacy and un-sustainable. This is elitist politics, rather than an equal opportunities bedrock - that should prevail in the interests of democracy. The new goal is a Circular Economy.


These are particularly difficult times, where public funding is under scrutiny against overspending, but such international issues as global warming should still be targeted for attention. We would then expect grants of planning permission for houses that are both affordable and zero carbon - to reduce global warming - and that means smaller houses with a proportionally smaller carbon footprint.


A workable formula for such housing is clear. Sweden and Germany lead with flatpack and other low energy housing - that is affordable, being in the £25-70,000 range. Young families could afford to buy such houses, provided that councils earmark land for affordable development. 


What we don't want is agricultural land suddenly going from £5,000 an acre to £1,000,000 - simply because a council failed to identify land for affordable housing. The moment land is allowed to escalate in value, houses are no longer affordable.


Could we suggest that land that is identified as suitable (necessary) for affordable housing, should only be granted consent for genuinely affordable homes. That might put a stop to the Klondike planning stampede that has opened up as a result of council sloth.


Once land is earmarked for affordable developments, Community Land Trusts could build houses for letting at sensible rents - but once again, they need land that is identified as being for affordable housing.


Thank you for taking the time to read this message and we look forward to seeing many sustainable decisions in the future and perhaps hearing your views on such proposals, when you have a spare moment.


Yours sincerely




Climate Change Trust  (campaigning for a sustainable future)






Councillor Dick Angel

Heathfield Nth & Cenrl - Cons


Councillor Kevin Balsdon

Pevensey and Westham - Cons


Councillor Jo Bentley

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Councillor Bob Bowdler

Heathfield East - Cons


Councillor Lin Clark

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Deputy Chairman Standards


Councillor Nicholas Collinson

Hailsham Central & North - Cons

Portfolio Community Leadership Human Resources


Councillor Nigel Coltman

Hailsham Central and North - Cons

Chairman of Licensing


Councillor Dianne Dear

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Dep Chair of Planning South


Councillor Phil Dixon

Rotherfield - Conservative

Dep Chair of Audit Finance


Councillor Pam Doodes

Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling

Conservative - Vice-Chairman


Councillor Claire Dowling

Uckfield Central - Cons

Dep Ldr Public Health Safety


Councillor Jan Dunk

Heathfield North & Central - Conservative


Councillor Philip Ede

Alfriston - Conservative


Councillor Helen Firth

Uckfield New Town - Cons


Councillor Jonica Fox

Cross-in-Hand/ Five Ashes - Conservative


Councillor Roy Galley

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Portfolio Economic Dev & Waste Man


Councillor Richard Grocock

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Councillor Chris Hardy

Hartfield - Cons- Chairman




Councillor Jim Hollins

Crowborough West - Cons


Councillor Peter Holloway

Forest Row - Conservative


Councillor Johanna Howell

Frant/ Withyham - Cons

Ch Planning North


Councillor Toby Illingworth

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons



Councillor Stephen Isted

Crowborough Jarvis Brook - Independent


Councillor Andy Long

Herstmonceux - Cons


Councillor Michael Lunn

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons


Councillor Philip Lunn

Crowborough East - Cons


Councillor Barry Marlowe

Uckfield Ridgewood - Cons

Dep Ch Licensing


Councillor Rowena Moore

Forest Row - Conservative


Councillor Kay Moss

Crowborough St Johns - Cons

Dep Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Councillor Douglas Murray

Willingdon - Conservative


Councillor Ann Newton

Framfield - Cons

Portfolio Planning & Dev


Councillor Amanda O'Rawe

Hailsham East - Conservative


Councillor Mark Pinkney

Hellingly - Conservative


Councillor Dr Brian Redman

Mayfield - Conservative

Chairman of Standards Committee


Councillor Ronald Reed

Crowborough North - Conservative


Councillor Carol Reynolds

Uckfield North - Cons







Councillor Greg Rose

Crowborough East - Cons

Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Councillor Peter Roundell

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Chairman Audit Finance


Councillor William Rutherford

Frant/ Withyham - Cons


Councillor Daniel Shing

Polegate South - Ind Democrat


Councillor Oi Lin Shing

Polegate North - Ind Democrat


Councillor Raymond Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Councillor Stephen Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Councillor Angela Snell

Polegate North - Conservative


Councillor Robert Standley

Wadhurst - Conservative

Leader of the Council


Councillor Susan Stedman

Horam - Conservative

Chair Planning South


Councillor Roger Thomas

Heathfield North & Central - Cons


Councillor Jeannette Towey

Crowborough West - Cons


Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Councillor Peter Waldock

Uckfield North - Cons


Councillor Neil Waller

Crowborough North - Cons

Dep Chair Planning North


Councillor David Watts

Chiddingly & East Hoathly - Cons


Councillor Graham Wells

Wadhurst - Cons

Portfolio Housing & Benefits


Councillor David White

Hellingly - Independent


Councillor John Wilton

East Dean - Conservative




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