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
The submission version of the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available below, under the heading ‘Chailey Parish’.
Examination of the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan took place over summer 2020. Following receipt of the Examiners Report, Lewes District Council in consultation with Chailey Parish Council have accepted the modifications recommended by the Examiner, and a Decision Statement that sets out the intention to send the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan to referendum has been published. The referendum will take place on Thursday 6th May, however prior to this, the referendum version of the Chailey Neighbourhood Plan may be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the planning application, in accordance with changes to Planning Practice Guidance made as a result of Covid-19.
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 and 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.