Neighbourhood Development Plan

Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 19 – Decision on a Plan Proposal

On 27th November 2019 Lewes District Council formally adopted (made) the Newhaven Neighbourhood Development Plan (incorporating the modifications as set out in the examiner’s Decision Statement), bringing it legally into force.  The Neighbourhood Plan will now be used in the determining of planning applications within the Neighbourhood Plan area.

Lewes District Council adopted the Joint Core Strategy (Local Plan Part 1) on 11th May 2016 and this document remains the strategic plan for the District and sets out the context for the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan.

Lewes District Council’s Decision Statement relating the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here.

The Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

This took place on 10th October 2019. You can view the results of the poll here

Lewes District Council produced an Information Statement for the Referendum which is available here

Lewes District Council produced Voting Information for the Referendum which is available here

The Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan is available here

Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Decision Statement

In line with Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Neighbourhood Plan was examined and Lewes District Council produced a ‘Decision Statement’ in July 2019. The decision statement and examiners report are posted on the District Council’s website and is available here.

Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16 Consultation

For information on this consultation please refer to Lewes District Council’s website and/or South Downs National Park Authority’s website

Regulation 15 – Submitted Neighbourhood Plan Documents

Newhaven Draft Neighbourhood Plan (Pre-submission Consultation and Publicity)
Newhaven Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice
Newhaven Proposed Neighbourhood Plan 2017 – 2030
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Sustainability Appraisal
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement
Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Sequential Flood Risk Test
Newhaven SEA Screening Assessment
Newhaven Habitat Regulations Screening Report

Regulation 14 – Pre- submission Consultation

Consultation on the draft Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan took place from 3rd May 2017 – 21st July 2017 and the document can be viewed here.

Responses to this consultation can be viewed in the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement submitted under the Regulation 15 Documents above.

Further background documents are available to view below.

Background information and documents

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.

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.

A number of documents were produced early on in the process to encourage discussion and these can be viewed by clicking the relevant links:

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