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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:

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.