The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new local tier to the planning system called neighbourhood planning. The purpose of this new tier of plan making is to empower local people to enable them to shape the area in which they live. Neighbourhood planning enables two types of body – town and parish councils or neighbourhood forums – to prepare, with the community they represent, planning documents for their area.
- Neighbourhood Development Plans set planning policies that will be used to determine planning applications in their respective parishes
- Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders grant planning permission for specific development which complies with the order
Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan
The Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan has completed its consultation under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Plan was successful at Examination and the final copy of the Examination report and Decision Statement is available to view below in the 'Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Parishes' section.
Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan
The consultation under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 (as amended) for the Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan ran between 5th October 2017 to 22nd November 2017. The Independent Examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk, carried out the Examination of the Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan and recommended it proceed to Referendum, subject to modifications.
As a result of the successful Examination, Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan will go to Referendum on Thursday 8th March 2018. The submitted Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents can be accessed in the 'Plumpton Parish' section below.
Seaford Neighbourhood Plan
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan has recently completed its consultation under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 (as amended). The consultation ran between 3rd November to 20th December 2017. The pre-submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents can be accessed in the 'Seaford Town' section below. Further details can be found via the Seaford Town Council website.
Local authorities have a legal duty to support and advise those communities undertaking neighbourhood planning. There are two local planning authorities in Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District. This is because parts of Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District are within the South Downs National Park.
- For neighbourhood areas wholly within one local planning authority, this local planning authority will support those undertaking neighbourhood planning.
- For neighbourhood areas within the boundaries of Eastbourne Borough or Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, the responsibility for supporting neighbourhood planning will be incumbent upon the local planning authority where the main centre of population is based.
You can download the relevant town and parish council documents below. The links will automatically open the document for viewing.