Neighbourhood Planning allows our Town and Parish Councils to produce Neighbourhood Plans that will be used to determine planning applications in their respective parishes.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new local tier to the planning system called neighbourhood planning. The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 set out the detailed legislative framework for undertaking neighbourhood plans.
Neighbourhood Planning enables Town and Parish Councils to prepare, with the community they represent, planning documents for their area. The purpose of this new tier of plan making is to empower local people to enable them to shape the areas in which they live. This can be in a number of ways, including by deciding where new development takes place and what it will look like.
The Newick Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for Examination. More information can be found on the Newick Neighbourhood Plan webpage.
The Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted for Examination. More information can be found on the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan webpage.
Barcombe Parish Council has applied to designate their entire parish as a Neighbourhood Area. More information can be on this page.
Local authorities have a legal duty to support and advise those communities undertaking neighbourhood planning. Lewes District has two planning authorities, Lewes District Council and South Downs National Park Authority.
For neighbourhood plans being prepared in parishes wholly outside of the National Park, Lewes District Council are the relevant planning authority. For neighbourhood plans being prepared in parishes wholly within the National Park, South Downs National Park Authority are the relevant planning authority. For neighbourhood plans being prepared in parishes within both planning authorities, support will be given by the planning authority where the main centre of the population is.
The document below shows which authority will be responsible for supporting neighbourhood plans by parish.
Responsibility for supporting neighbourhood plans (0.04mb)
As part of the Neighbourhood Planning Process, Town and Parish Councils are required to apply to designate the area that they wish to produce a plan for.
Barcombe Parish Council has submitted their Neighbourhood Area Application to us. The application can be found below and is available for a representation period between Friday, 7 November and Friday, 19 December. As required by the regulations, we are seeking representations on whether Barcombe Parish is an appropriate area for the purposes of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Those who wish to submit representations should submit them to email@example.com or by post to Neighbourhood Planning, Lewes District Council, Southover House, Lewes, BN7 1AB. Late representations will not be accepted.
Barcombe Parish Neighbourhood Area Application (1.44mb)
The Parishes where a Neighbourhood Area has been designated has been found below:
The following areas have been designated as neighbourhood areas:
Hamsey Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (0.73mb)
Newick Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (0.93mb)
Ringmer Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (0.80mb)
Newhaven Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (0.68mb)
Wivelsfield Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (0.96mb)
Plumpton Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice (5.79mb)
A map showing the parishes where Neighbourhood Areas have been designated can be found below.
Map of Neighbourhood Areas (1.07mb)
As neighbourhood planning is a relatively new activity, we understand that many communities have a number of queries about it. We have produced responses to frequently asked questions, seen below.
Frequently Asked Questions (0.03mb)
A guidance document is available for those wanting to learn more about how to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Neighbourhood Development Plan Guidance (0.98mb)
A main concern that Town and Parish Councils have in regard to producing a neighbourhood plan, relates to the resourcing (both in terms of money and time) of the project.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) who are responsible for introducing neighbourhood planning, is funding a ‘Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning’ programme which is being lead by Locality, a nationwide network of community enterprises, in association with key partners such as the Royal Town Planning Institute. The support will be provided in two ways:
1. Direct support – advice and support, tailored to meet the needs of the Town/Parish Council producing the plan.
2. Grant payments – up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area, to contribute to costs incurred by the Town/Parish Council preparing a neighbourhood plan or order.
More information on these forms of support is available on Locality's website.
DCLG regularly publish an information leaflet which gives information on what is happening at a national level regarding neighbourhood planning. The leaflet also provides details on events that DCLG organises in order to help communities produce their own neighbourhood plans. 'Notes on Neighbourhood Planning' can be found here.
If you are interested in neighbourhood planning, or are representing a Town or Parish Council that is considering producing a Neighbourhood Plan or Development Order in an area where Lewes District Council is the relevant planning authority, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01273 484417.
If you are interested in a Neighbourhood Plan where the South Downs National Park Authority is the relevant planning authority, please contact Amy Tyler-Jones at Amy.Tyler-Jones@southdowns.gov.uk or by calling 01730 811759.