Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan - Adopted

The Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan, which guides development in the parish up to 2030, has now been adopted as part of the statutory development plan for the district and will be used to determine planning applications in the parish. The decision was taken at the Full Council meeting on 25 February 2016 following a recommendation from Cabinet and this follows its adoption by the South Downs National Park Authority in January. The report and minutes from the meetings can be found on the Cabinet and Full Council webpages.  The adopted version of the Plan, and the Regulation 20 Adoption Statement, can be found below.

The Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan, and supporting documents including the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Post Adoption Statement, are available to view at the address below between Monday and Friday 9am and 5pm.

Lewes District Council, Southover House,
Southover Road,

Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - 12 November 2015

A referendum on the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday, 12 November 2015. It was conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The question asked was:

‘Do you want Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for Ringmer Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

For Ringmer, the neighbourhood area is the entire parish of Ringmer. The neighbourhood area is the same as the referendum area.

More information about the referendum and Neighbourhood Plan can be found in the Information Statement and the specified documents.

Referendum Documents

Below are the relevant background documents to the referendum.

Regulation 19 - Decision Statement to proceed to referendum

Lewes District Council is satisfied that the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions mentioned in paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act and complies with the provisions made by or under sections 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and can therefore proceed to referendum. The Decision Statement can be found at the link above.

Regulation 16 Consultation

Ringmer Parish Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan and related documents to us under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The submission documents can be found below. The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed based on evidence collected and work undertaken by Ringmer Parish Council.   Background evidence, including an archive relating to the progression of the neighbourhood plan and as well as supporting documents can be found on respective pages of their website.


Under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, we made the above documents available for representation period of 6 weeks between Monday, 22 September and Monday, 3 November 2014.  The representations can be found below.

Representations submitted under Regulation 16