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
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan
Newhaven Town Council has submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to be publicised before it is taken forward for Examination. Representations must be made between 7th February and 21st March 2019 which will be forwarded to the Examiner. Representations can be emailed to email@example.com. The relevant documents can be found below.
Seaford Neighbourhood Plan
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan has been subject to amendments since the previous pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14). As such, the Town Council elected to carry out another pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14), which ran between 1st November - 13th December 2018. The Town Council voted on the 28th February 2019 to accept the second Regulation 14 amendments.
The relevant documents can be found on their Seaford Neighbourhood Plan webpage and under the Seaford Town section below.
Lewes Neighbourhood Plan
A Referendum to vote on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan took place on 7th March 2019. There was a turnout of 24.83% of the local population.
2993 voted 'Yes' in favour of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan
268 voted 'No' against the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan
Documents can be viewed and contact details provided via the SDNPA's Lewes Neighbourhood Plan page.
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.