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Background to Neighbourhood Planning

Since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area.  Neighbourhood Plans provide an opportunity for local people to say how they would like their local area to change and grow over the coming years.

Neighbourhood plans can cover the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. They may deal with a wide range of projects (like housing, employment, environment and transport) or focus on one or two.

A Neighbourhood Plan is legally required to go through an examination and referendum so that it can then form part of the District Councils Local Development Plan (In Newhaven’s case Lewes District Councils Local Plan Part One).

This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than previous community led plans.  Local communities really do have a set of powers that help them shape the places in which they live. 

Newhaven’s Neighbourhood Plan

Newhaven Town Council started the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan in April 2013, when it applied to Lewes District Council to formally designate the area that would be included in the plan. 

The area was formally designated on 8th July 2013 and includes the whole parish area for Newhaven, but excludes the land owned by Newhaven Port and Properties. The designation notice and map can be viewed on Lewes District Councils website at:

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group started work in earnest on the Neighbourhood Plan in Spring 2014. 

The group comprises of town councillors and local residents and membership can be viewed through the following link click here 

Agendas and Meeting Notes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group can be found by clicking here 

In addition a Neighbourhood Plan focus group has met a number of times to give their views on the Neighbourhood Plan as it has been progressing.

A number of documents have been produced so far as part of the production of the draft Neighbourhood Plan, including consultation material and feedback and these can be viewed by clicking the relevant links:

Topic Paper 1. Introduction and Background

Topic Paper 2. Vision and Objectives

Topic Paper 3. Housing

Topic Paper 3 Housing - Appendix 1

Topic Paper 4. Facilities and Services

Topic Paper 5. Environment and Open Spaces

Topic Paper 6. Employment and Tourism

Topic Paper 7. Transport and Access

A Profile of Newhaven - June 2014 Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Consultation Strategy - June 2014

Feedback from Consultation July – October 2014 -  Newhaven NP Survey

Feedback from Consultation December 2014 - click here

Feedback from Town Centre Survey May 2015- click here

Feedback from Town Centre Businesses Survey Summer 2015- click here

Feedback from Sites Consultation January - March 2016 - click here

Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report September 2015 -  click here

Development sites for Appraisal - click here

Neighbourhood Plan Timetable - click here

What happens now?

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are currently carrying out site assessments on all the sites that have been suggested for development, either in Lewes District Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment or from a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise that the Town Council carried out in 2014. All the sites suggested for development can be viewed at the end of this page.

In addition Lewes District Council has recently identified a number of their own sites that they propose to develop for residential development as part of their ‘Delivering New Homes’ project  (  These sites are also being considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan site selection process.

The Town Council will run a number of ‘drop in’ sessions in January to inform the local community of the short-listed sites before the Neighbourhood Plan is formally consulted upon at the beginning of 2016.  The dates of the meetings are:

Thursday 21st January 2pm and 7.30pm at St Leonards Church Hall, Denton.

Thursday 28th January 2pm and 7.30pm at Hillcrest Centre

NOTE – The Winter edition of Newhaven Matters includes a map which shows where the sites to be considered for residential development are.  There is a typographical error on the map which suggests residential development is proposed at Newhaven Fort.  This is not the case. A questionnaire regarding the sites is available online here.

 1. Seahaven Caravans, Railway Road

 2. North of Palmerston Avenue, Mount Pleasant

 3. Southern Water Pumping Station Site, Fort Road

 4. Valley Road, west of Brazen Close

 5. The Old Shipyard, Robinson Road

 6. Land to west of St Lukes Court, Church Hill

 7. Land south of Denton Drive

 8. Land to Eastside north of sewage works


10. Hill Road (rear of 7-10 Park Drive Close) Denton

11. North/east of reservoir, Hill Road, Denton

12. Hill Road, Denton

13. Land at the Crescent, Denton

14. Land at Crest Road, Denton

15. South of Valley Road

16. South side of Western Road

17. Land at Kings Avenue

18. Land south of Denton Drive

19. Robinson Road depot

20. Lewes District Council offices, Fort Road

21. Meeching Down, off Brighton Road

22. Bay Vue Road car park

23. Plots 32 & 33 Charleston Avenue

24. Land at Wilmington Road (plots 44-46)

25. South east of Holmdale Road, Denton

26. Land north of Holmdale Road, Denton

27. Newhaven Police Station, South Way

28. Bevan Funnell, Eastside

29. Eastside (light industrial use east of Beach Road) excluding Bevan Funnell

30. Land south of Transit Road, Eastside

31. Grays School, Western Road

32. Old Conservative Club, junction of South Way and Church Hill

33. Lower Place car park, North Way

34. Multi storey car park, Dacre Road

35. Land either end of Neills Close

36. North and rear of Mariners Wharf, Fort Rise

37. Plot of land south of Mariners Wharf, Fort Rise

38. South of Shakespeare Hall, Fort Road

39. Plots 50 & 55 Westdene Avenue, Harbour Heights

40. Land adjacent to 1 Denton Road, Denton

41. Garage site at Rectory Close, Church Hill

42. Garage site at Valley Road

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