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
Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Plan
The P&T Steering Group have submitted the results of their 2018 'Call for Sites' to the consultant AECOM for site assessments. AECOM are also undertaking the Sustainability Appraisal. These will form part of the evidence base for the Regulation 14 Consultation.
Chailey Neighbourhood Plan
Chailey Parish Council have concluded the Regulation 14 consultation on the Pre-Submission Plan, Shaping Chailey. The Parish Council are collating the representations before proceeding to the Regulation 16 Consultation. The relevant documents can be found on their Chailey Neighbourhood Plan webpage.
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan
The Newhaven Referendum took place on 10th October 2019. The result was a majority 'Yes' vote. The Declaration can be found in the Newhaven section below. The Plan will be 'made' at Full Council on 25th November 2019. The policies in the Plan now have full weight in decision making.
Seaford Neighbourhood Plan
The Examination for the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan has begun. The Examiner has issued a letter of clarification after an initial assessment of the Plan, and will continue with the Examination once his questions have been answered by the Steering Group and LDC. The submission and supporting documents can be found on their Seaford Neighbourhood Plan webpage. The submission documents can be found in 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
You can find documents and contact details provided on the SDNPA's Lewes Neighbourhood Plan page.
The Lewes NDP has been 'made' as a result of the SDNPA Planning Committee resolution on the 11th April 2019.
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.