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Neighbourhood Plan background information and documents

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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

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