A character area assessment of Hailsham is being undertaken to help inform and underpin policies in the emerging neighbourhood plan for the town. The assessment is being undertaken in collaboration with the community and is being used to identify the areas which make up the town, give the town its identity and affect how it functions as a place.

The work is helping to create a more locally responsive plan and creation of area-based policies. Mapping of area types, the scale and form of development, layouts and movement networks, densities, open space qualities and materials are being prepared to support design policies for specific areas within the town.