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Neighbourhood Planning

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

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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 chaileypc@btconnect.com 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 ldf@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk 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.

 

Which authority?

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.

Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulations 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates


7th November to 19th December 2014


9th January 2015


Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

 

 

 

28th January 2014

 



Submission (Regulation 15)

Publicising a Plan Proposal (Regulation 16)

5th July to 28th August 2017 


Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

14th June to 3rd August 2012

 

1st October 2012

 


Pre Submission (Regulation 14)

24th November 2014 to 1st February 2015



Publication of the Examiner’s Report and Plan Proposal Decisions (Regulation 18)


Decision on the Plan Proposal (Regulation 19)
21st July 2016

Publicising a Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 20)

Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

10th April to 23rd May 2013

 

8th July 2013

 



Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum date

12th July to 24th August 2012

 

1st October 2012

 


Pre Submission (Regulation 14)

1st April to 16th May 2014



Publication of the Examiner’s Report and Plan Proposal Decisions (Regulation 18)


Decision on the plan proposal (Regulation 19)

22nd July 2015

Publicising a Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 20)

Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

 

1st March to 16th April 2013

17th June 2013


Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

 

28th February to 11th April 2014

 

28th April 2014


 

Pre Submission (Regulation 14)
9th May to 28th June 2016
19th June to 31st July 2017


Publication of the Examiner’s Report and Plan Proposal Decisions (Regulation 18)

Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum date

 

14th June to 3rd August 2012

 

1st October 2012

 


Pre Submission (Regulation 14)
6th September to 18th October 2013


Publication of the Examiner’s Report and Plan Proposal Decisions (Regulation 18)


Decision on the plan proposal (Regulation 19)
25th February 2016

Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

27th November 2015 to 8th January 2016

 

13th January 2016



Stage of Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood Area Designation Application (Regulation 5 and 6)

Neighbourhood Area Designation (Regulation 7)

Consultation/Referendum dates

 

 

4th June to 16th July 2013

17th July 2013


Pre Submission (Regulation 14)

16th February to 29th March 2014



Publication of the Examiner’s Report and Plan Proposal Decisions (Regulation 18)


Decision on a plan proposal (Regulation 19)

Publicising a Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 20)

7th December 2016