The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new local tier to the planning system called neighbourhood planning. The purpose of this new tier of plan making is to empower local people to enable them to shape the area in which they live. Neighbourhood planning enables two types of body – town and parish councils or neighbourhood forums – to prepare, with the community they represent, planning documents for their area.
- Neighbourhood Development Plans set planning policies that will be used to determine planning applications in their respective parishes
- Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders grant planning permission for specific development which complies with the order
Chailey Neighbourhood Plan
Chailey Parish Council has submitted its proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Lewes District Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Lewes District Council as the Local Planning Authority has now published the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Regulations.
Chailey Parish lies to the north of the town of Lewes, south east of Haywards Heath and west of Uckfield. The Parish contains the settlements of Chailey, North Chailey and South Chailey. The Parish is sandwiched between the South Downs National Park to the south and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north. Designations in the Parish include Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Local Nature Reserves (LNRs), Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) and Listed Buildings (LBs).
The Neighbourhood Plan includes polices on Housing (but does not allocate sites), Design, Natural Environment, Landscape, Heritage, Community Infrastructure, Transport, the Economy and Sustainability. The Policies in a ‘made’ (adopted) Neighbourhood Plan are used to determine planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area to which it relates (in the case of Chailey, this would be the whole Parish). The Chailey Neighbourhood Plan also identifies Local Green Spaces.
The formal public consultation on the draft Chailey Neighbourhood Plan will run between Wednesday 12th February and Friday 27th March 2020. Representations received outside of this period will not be accepted, except in exceptional circumstances. All comments received will be public information (personal contact details will not be published).
The submission version of the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available below, under the heading, ‘Chailey Parish’.
hard copy of the Plan and supporting documents are also available to view at our Southover House offices: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm. Alternately, view by appointment on a weekday morning at the Parish Office, The Reading Room, Chailey Green, East Sussex BN8 4DA. Please contact the Clerk by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01825 722388.
Formal comments can be submitted by email or by post. A representation form is available here to download. Please send representations to email@example.com or post to Neighbourhood Planning, Planning Policy, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB.
Seaford Neighbourhood Plan
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan was brought to Full Council, following successful referendum on 6th February 2020 where the Neighbourhood Plan received a majority of votes cast in favour of using it to help decide planning applications in Seaford and became part of the development plan for the District. Full Council agreed to 'make' the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan on 24th February 2020 and as such, it will continue to be part of the development plan.
Please see the documents below, under the 'Seaford Town' heading, for further information, including the adopted version of the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan and Decision Statements of the Council.
Local authorities have a legal duty to support and advise those communities undertaking neighbourhood planning. There are two local planning authorities in Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District. This is because parts of Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District are within the South Downs National Park.
- For neighbourhood areas wholly within one local planning authority, this local planning authority will support those undertaking neighbourhood planning.
- For neighbourhood areas within the boundaries of Eastbourne Borough or Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, the responsibility for supporting neighbourhood planning will be incumbent upon the local planning authority where the main centre of population is based.
You can download the relevant town and parish council documents below. The links will automatically open the document for viewing.