Lewes Core Strategy: Local Plan Part 1

The Core Strategy is Lewes District Council's central planning policy document for the Lewes district. It sets out the long term spatial vision for the district and will guide development and change up to 2030. The development plan for Eastbourne Borough, including 'saved' policies, can be found on the Eastbourne Core Strategy and Borough Plan


The Core Strategy was adopted by Lewes District Council on 11 May 2016 and by the South Downs National Park Authority on 23 June 2016. It now forms part of the development plan for the district.  You can download the adopted Core Strategy documents, including the Inspector’s final report, adoption statement and frequently asked questions below. The Sustainability Appraisal and Background Documents are available on the Lewes Core Strategy Examination Library and Background Documents webpages.

Core Policy 1 Affordable Housing

Core Policy 1- Affordable Housing within the adopted Joint Core Strategy requires affordable housing provision on sites delivering three net additional dwellings, or more.

After adopting the Joint Core Strategy, the government has published an update to the Planning Practice Guidance, which concerns thresholds for affordable housing provision.  In light of this, we will be applying Core Policy 1 within the context of this additional guidance.

This will mean that for any scheme of 11 or more residential units, 40% affordable housing will be sought across the whole scheme. In designated rural areas (i.e. the National Park part of Lewes District), affordable housing, or financial contributions towards, will be sought on developments of six or more residential units according to the stepped targets and thresholds as detailed below:

Details of the stepped targets and thresholds
Scheme size (units) Affordable housing (units)
6 to 8 2
9 to 10 3
11 plus 40%

The above position and approach to affordable housing contributions has been agreed in consultation with the South Downs National Park Authority.

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