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.

July 2018 update - 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. Following the adoption of the Joint Core Strategy government published an update to the Planning Practice Guidance which meant that for any scheme of 11 or more residential units 40% affordable housing would be sought across the whole scheme. 

Now, with the publication of the revised NPPF (July 2018) paragraph 63 states that “Provision of affordable housing should not be sought for residential developments that are not major developments, other than in designated rural areas”. The NPPF defines major developments as “For housing, development where 10 or more homes will be provided, or the site has an area of 0.5 hectares or more.”  Therefore, the requirement for 40% affordable housing will now apply to developments of 10 or more homes, or a site area of 0.5 hectares or more.

In designated rural areas (such as the National Park part of Lewes District), the requirements remain unchanged: 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 3
10 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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