Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan
Working together for the good of Newhaven
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: www.lewes.gov.uk/Files/plan_NNA.pdf
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:
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?
We are formally consulting on the Neighbourhood Plan from 3rd May 2017 until the deadline of 5pm on 21st June 2017. We need your views, so that we can make any changes to it before we submit the plan to Lewes District Council for formal consideration and wider consultation later in the year.
From the 24th April copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at the following locations:
Newhaven Library, High Street, Newhaven, BN9 9PD
Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven, BN9 9LH
Paradise Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, BN9 0DH
Town Council Offices, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QE
An online version of the plan and accompanying documents will be available on the Neighbourhood Plan pages of the Newhaven Town Council website from 3rd May at:
Come and find out more at the following drop in sessions where you can view the plans and talk to members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and volunteers:
Wednesday 3rd May from 2pm - 8pm at Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road
Wednesday 17th May from 2pm-7pm at Lewes Road Social Centre, Lewes Road
Saturday 27th May from 10am-2.30pm at Denton & Mount Pleasant Social Centre