Search and view planning applications

Search and view detailed records for planning applications and appeals, submit comments and monitor the progress of an application. You can also use the map search to find applications near you or the property search for planning histories and restrictions on individual properties.

Commenting on Planning Applications

The quickest and most efficient way to comment on a planning application is to use the online comment function. This will ensure that the Case Officer receives your comment directly and they will also appear online within one hour of it being submitted.

Please be aware that any comments submitted that are not planning related will be removed and will not be considered when assessing the planning application.

You can also submit your comments via email or post. Please note, these methods will take longer to appear online and may be subject to additional delay.

IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION – Planning Ref: LW/20/0247 Downland Park, Court Farm Road, Newhaven

Inspectorate Ref:  APP/P1425/X/20/3258200

The public hearing concerning the Council’s  refusal to issue a certificate of lawfulness for the use of land as caravan site without restrictions or conditions will open at 10:00am on 18th April 2023.

It will be held in person at: Elim Pentecostal Church, Meeching Rise, Newhaven, BN9 9LB

Public comments may take longer as they are individually checked and published. You can search our Planning Public Access system to find and view documents and information relating to applications and appeals in Lewes district. Detailed records are available for applications received after March 2006. More limited records are available from 1948. Digitised records for pre-2006 files can be made available online by request.

Records take up to 5 working days to be added for viewing following validation. 

Weekly list

You can search the Weekly list of planning applications for Lewes District on Public Access. The list updates automatically following validation of the application and covers weekly lists dating back 12 months. You can refine your search to find a specific application, view its related documents, submit a comment and check its status.

South Downs National Park (SDNP) applications

SDNP applications received after 1 April 2012 and the SDNP weekly list are only available to view on the SDNP website.

Using Public Access

Please note that the Comments tab which displays when you have searched for an application, does not contain all comments that have been received. All comments submitted on an application are available to view by selecting the Documents tab and View Associated Documents. Please ensure you have pop-ups allowed to view the information. 

Public comments submitted through the Public Access system are automatically published online. The system is updated hourly.

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You can search online for full planning application details dating back to 1995. You can search online for decision notices only dating back to 1948. Please note that we no longer hold paper files at our offices.

If you wish to make a comment on a live application please search for the application then use the 'comments' tab to leave your feedback.

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