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 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, carried out the Regulation 16 Consultation on the submitted Plan and supporting documents between 12th February and 27th March 2020.
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.
In consultation with Chailey Parish Council, Lewes District Council appointed John Slater to be the Independent Examiner for the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan and the Examination is currently underway.
The submission version of the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available below, under the heading, ‘Chailey Parish’.
Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Plan
The Steering Group is in the process of putting together its evidence to support a first draft of the Peacehaven & Telscombe Neighbourhood Plan. A survey seeking the views of the community on a new town centre on Peacehaven's Meridian site is available online at the Steering Group's website: www.peacehaven-and-telscombe-neighbourhood-plan-steering-group.co.uk. Up to date announcements on the Peacehaven Neighbourhood Plan are available on the Steering Group's website: www.peacehaven-and-telscombe-neighbourhood-plan-steering-group.co.uk/blog.
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.