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
Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan
The Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' by Lewes District Council on 2nd May 2018. It has legally been brought into force and will be used in determining planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area (the entire Parish of Plumpton). The Plumpton Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents can be accessed in the 'Plumpton Parish' section below.
Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan
The Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' by Lewes District Council on 2nd May 2018. It has legally been brought into force and will be used in determining planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area (the entirety of the Parishes of Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston). The Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan and relevant documents are available to view below in the 'Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Parishes' section.
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.