Lewes District Local Plan - Issues and Options

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Lewes District Local Plan - Issues and Options

We are following the government’s process for developing a new Local Plan for Lewes district. The plan will cover everywhere in the district outside of the boundaries of the South Downs National Park which has its own Local Plan.

In recent years the Government has changed national planning policies and how it calculates the numbers of homes each area should aim to provide. As a result our new plan needs to reflect these changes and re-evaluate the number of homes that the area should provide over the next 20 years. 

Our aim is to, in consultation with local people, businesses and other organisations, develop a Local Plan for the district (outside of the National Park) which takes into account the Government’s aim to increase housebuilding whilst maintaining the environment, character and heritage of the district.

We have published an ‘Issues & Options’ document for public consultation as the first consultation stage in the Local Plan preparation process.

How to have your say

This consultation provides a starting point for discussion in preparing the new Lewes District Local Plan.

The Issues and Options consultation seeks to gather information and views from local communities and other stakeholders that will assist in the development of the next stages of the local plan. It does not contain any proposals on policies or development sites, but seeks views on how issues could be addressed. 

The Issues and Option document summarises the key issues for the new Local Plan and invites your views on how these issues should be addressed by asking a series of questions. You are welcome to comment on every issue, or you can focus on the ones that specifically interest you.

We are inviting comments on the key issues identified in the consultation document and the possible options put forward to address them. You can also suggest additional issues that you feel have been missed and any other options that you consider would be appropriate.

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In addition to the specific questions in the Issues and Options document, you may also like to consider the following general questions:

  • Has the Council identified the right issues?
  • Has the Council missed anything?
  • Will the information the Council is collecting tell us what we need to know?
  • What are your views on the Council’s current strategic planning policies (see Appendix 1) and the decisions they lead to?
  • What do you feel needs changing and what shouldn’t change
  • Please download and read the 'Issues and Options' document from this webpage. It can be accessed by clicking on the 'Issues and Options document links in the text or from under the 'Consultation Documents' heading towards the bottom of this webpage

  • Submit your comments on-line by clicking on the 'Respond to the Issues and Options consultation' link below

Alternatively, you can submit your comments on the Issues and Options consultation by:

  • Downloading a response form from below, completing it and returning it either by uploading it to this webpage or emailing it to ldf@lewes.gov.uk 
  • Emailing the Council directly at: ldf@lewes.gov.uk
  • Writing to the Council at: Planning Policy Team, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB

Additional background to the issues and questions is set out in a series of Topic Papers, which are available on this website below under the 'Supporting Documents' heading towards the bottom of the page.

The topic papers are:

Tackling Climate Change small jpg  Tackling Climate Change

Protecting Environment small jpg  Protecting and Enhancing the Quality of the Environment

Growth small jpg  Accommodating and Delivering Growth

Hoysing small jpg  Improving Access to Housing

Economy small jpg  Promoting a Prosperous Economy and Building Community Wealth

Communities small jpg  Creating Healthy Sustainable Communities with Infrastructure

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

A Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Scoping Report for the new Local Plan has been published alongside the Issues and Options consultation. The SA Scoping Report can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the SA Scoping Report link in the text, or from under the 'Consultation Documents' section towards the bottom of the page.

You can comment on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report by clicking on the 'Respond to the SA Scoping Report consultation' link below.

Consultation Period

We are asking for comments on the Local Plan ‘Issues & Options’ document, and the associated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, over an 8 week period commencing on Friday 9th July until 3rd September 2021. All consultation responses should be received by 5pm on Friday 3rd September 2021.

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If you have any questions or experience any difficulty in submitting your comments, please contact the Planning Policy Team, via email at ldf@lewes.gov.uk or by telephone on 01323 410000.


  • Opened
    9 Jul 2021 at 09:00
  • Closed
    3 Sep 2021 at 17:00

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents