The adopted Lewes District Core Strategy forms Part 1 of the Local Plan. Local Plan Part 2 will allocate land for different types of development (including new housing and Gypsy and Traveller pitches) as well as land to be protected. This document will also set out detailed development management policies and review current retained 'saved' 2003 Lewes District Local Plan policies to establish if they are appropriate to take forward.
To date we have undertaken our Issues and Options public consultation stage for which we produced a series of Topic Papers that cover a number of themes. We received approximately 200 representations to the Issues & Options consultation which have fed into the next stage of Local Plan Part 2.
We have also recently consulted on the Draft Local Plan Part 2 and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Sustainability Environmental Assessment). The consultation documents can still be viewed at our consultation page (see Closed consultations). We are currently going through the representations received. We will then need to make any necessary amendments in preparation for the next stage of Local Plan Part 2: Pre-submission document.
You can download the 2013 Issues and Options Topic Papers and other relevant background documents, including a schedule of frequently asked questions below. You can also visit our Lewes Planning office to access them.
Local Plan Part 2 will only cover those areas that lie outside of the South Downs National Park. The National Park Authority is currently preparing their own Park-wide Local Plan which will include site allocations and development management policies for those areas within the National Park.
Town and Parish Councils producing a neighbourhood plan have the role of allocating sites for development and setting out local development management style policies in their plan if they choose to do so. Therefore, where known, sites identified for development in emerging neighbourhood plans were included in the Topic Papers. However, where it is the intention of emerging neighbourhood plans to allocate sites for development Local Plan Part 2 will not plan for theses areas.