Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan background information

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 issues.

A Neighbourhood Plan is legally required to conform to government policy in the National Planning Policy Framework here and Lewes District Council and South Downs National Park Joint Core Strategy here.

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

A Neighbourhood Plan for Newhaven

Since 2014 the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been working on producing a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Newhaven. This has included consulting with the community to find out how local people would like Newhaven to grow and change. Details of the feedback so far received can be found in the section on background documents.

Newhaven Town Council at their Full Council meeting on 18th April 2017 approved the draft Plan for Regulation 14, of Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. This is one of the legal procedures in producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Pre-submission consultation and publicity (Regulation 14)

The Town Council will be formally consulting on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan from 3rd May 2017 until the deadline of 5pm on 21st June 2017.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group must publicise in a way that will bring it to the attention to people who live, work or carry on businesses in the Neighbourhood Plan area:

  • Details of the proposals in a Neighbourhood development plan
  • Details of where and when proposals for the Neighbourhood development plan can be seen
  • Details of how to make representations
  • The deadline for the receipt of representations (a minimum 6 week period)

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be found here (These will be available on the website by 2nd May 2017)

Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) can be found here (This will be available on the website by 2nd May 2017)

Background documents produced as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan Supporting documents page here

From the 3rd May copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Sustainability Appraisal can also 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

Come and view the document and find out more about the Plan at the following drop in sessions:

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

You are invited to submit comments via our online feedback form which you can find here

Hard Copies of the questionnaire will be available at the Town Council Offices, at the drop-in sessions and the locations where the Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed.

Please return completed forms to:
Head of Strategic Development,
Newhaven Town Council,
18 Fort Road,
East Sussex,BN9 9QE.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group welcomes your ideas for ways to improve the document as well as your support for what has been set out so far.

After Regulation 14 Consultation

Following this public consultation process, the Plan will be reviewed and submitted to Lewes District Council together with the supporting documentation, including a Basic Condition Statement and Consultation Statement which will set out who has been consulted, how consultation was carried out and the representations received.

Lewes District Council will then re-consult the plan (including any amendments). The Plan will then be examined by an independent examiner. Once further amendments have been made if necessary, the Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to a local referendum where local people will be asked if they want Lewes District Council to use the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood plan area.

If the majority of voters answer ‘YES’ the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan can come into force.