Council to launch consultation on key planning policies

Lewes District Council is set to ask residents and local groups for their views on two key planning documents.

The Draft Lewes District Local Plan (Part 2) and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document will play fundamental roles in shaping future development in the district.

The draft plan allocates smaller scale sites for residential and commercial growth and sets out detailed policies to guide developments.

The proposed site allocations only apply to land outside of the South Downs National Park and areas not already covered by a neighbourhood plan.

The consultation will begin in November and run for eight weeks until January 2018, with the feedback received helping to inform the next stage of the process.  It’s anticipated that formal adoption of the plan will be completed in early 2019.

The consultation on the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document will also run between November and January.  This document details how affordable housing will be delivered in the district when residential property is being developed.

Developers are required by the council to build affordable homes when they develop a new site. The number of affordable homes built depends on the overall scale of the main development.  On larger developments it can be up to 40% of the total properties constructed.

However, changes in national planning policy mean that there will be no affordable housing required for smaller developments of up to 11 properties.  The only exception is in rural areas, where the threshold is five new homes and developments of between six and 10 properties subject to a reduced affordable housing commitment.

Councillor Tom Jones, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:

“These plans really do make-up the DNA of the Lewes district for years to come.

“I have no doubt some of the proposals will create lively debate, but that is exactly what we need to ensure the delivery of local housing meets local needs.”

Published on 13 November 2017