Core Strategy: Local Plan Part 1

The Core Strategy is our central planning policy document.  It sets out the long term spatial vision for the district and will guide development and change up to 2030.


The Core Strategy was adopted by Lewes District Council on 11 May 2016 and by the South Downs National Park Authority on 23 June 2016.  It now forms part of the development plan for the district.  The adopted Core Strategy documents are available below:

Proposals Maps

Latest on Core Policy 1 Affordable Housing

Lewes District Council is aware of the outcome from the case of R (West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council) v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016]. This case followed an earlier decision made by the High Court to quash a Ministerial Statement that sought to restrict affordable housing being sought on smaller development sites (10 units and fewer).

The District Council has recently adopted the Joint Core Strategy, which includes Core Policy 1 – Affordable Housing. This policy requires affordable housing provision on sites delivering 3 net additional dwellings, or more.

Since adopting the Joint Core Strategy, the Government has published an update to the Planning Practice Guidance, which concerns thresholds for affordable housing provision.  In light of this, the Council will be applying Core Policy 1 within the context of this additional guidance regarding this matter.

This will mean that for any scheme of 11 or more residential units, 40% affordable housing will be sought across the whole scheme. In designated rural areas (i.e. the National Park part of Lewes District), affordable housing, or financial contributions towards, will be sought on developments of 6 or more residential units according to the stepped targets and thresholds as detailed below:

Scheme size (units) Affordable Housing (units)
6 – 8                          2
9 – 10                        3
11+                          40%

The above position and approach to affordable housing contributions has been agreed in consultation with the South Downs National Park Authority.

Sustainability Appraisal

Full details on our Sustainability Appraisal webpage.

LDC Adoption Statement

The LDC Adoption Statement can be viewed below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Background Documents

The Core Strategy has been influenced by a number of background documents that can be found online.

Proposed Modifications

Schedules of proposed Modifications to the Core Strategy were published for consultation for 8 weeks from 7th August 2015.  The Modifications were proposed in response to the Inspector's Initial Findings Letter (February 2015) and the examination Hearings (January 2015). Full details are on the Examination webpage.

Proposed Submission Core Strategy Focussed Amendments

The Proposed Submission Core Strategy Focussed Amendments document and its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal were published for a period of representation between Friday, 16 May and 4pm on Friday, 11 July 2014.  Representations were only sought on the amendments introduced by the Proposed Submission Core Strategy Focussed Amendments Document.  The amendments are identified as track changes in the Focussed Amendments Document.  Schedules containing major and minor amendments were produced and can still be downloaded below.

Proposed Submission Core Strategy Focussed Amendments Representations

The representations made on the Focussed and Minor Amendments are available to view below. Other representations received that were more general in nature or related to parts of the Core Strategy had not been amended can also be found below. 

Focussed Amendments Representations

Minor Amendments Representations

Other Representations

Earlier Core Strategy Work

The Core Strategy has went through a number of stages of public consultation.  A number of documents for various stages of the Core Strategy production process were prepared.  Details of this earlier work can be found on our Earlier Core Strategy page. 

Proposed Submission Core Strategy

The Proposed Submission Core Strategy and its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal was made available for a period of representation between Friday, 11 January and 4.00pm on Friday, 22 March 2013.  Representations are no longer invited on this document and will therefore not be accepted.

Proposed Submission Core Strategy Representations

Representations on the Proposed Submission Core Strategy can be found below

Sections: All Representations, Chapter 1-5

Spatial Policies: SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4, SP5, SP6

Core Policies: CP1, CP2, CP3, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP7, CP8, CP9, CP10, CP11, CP12, CP13, CP14

Miscellaneous: SHLAA, Sustainability Appraisal, Non-Duly Made Reps

A copy of the Proposed Submission Core Strategy document that was the subject of these representations can be viewed via the link above.  A summary of all of the representations can be found below.