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Lewes Neighbourhood Plan






The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan has been assessed by an independent examiner (Mr Andrew Ashcroft) and his report accepted by the South Downs National Park Authority.


The examiner commended the plan for its quality, innovation, and distinctive approach in several areas. The National Park committee was very complimentary about the particularly “Lewesian” character of the plan and commended all the hard work and careful thought that has gone into it.


The examiner’s report noted that:


“… the plan includes a wide range of policies"

“… seeks to bring forward positive and sustainable development”

“… has a clear focus on identifying smaller scale housing”

“… designates a series of local green spaces”

“… supports the vitality and viability of Lewes”

“… the affordable housing elements are well-considered”

“… it is evidence-based and distinctive”


Lewes Town Council thanks all those who contributed their time and effort towards creation of a neighbourhood plan which will affect development in Lewes up to 2033.


The neighbourhood plan will now move forward to a public referendum which will be held on Thursday 7th March 2019, when voters will be asked to answer simply YES or NO to the question of whether they want the neighbourhood plan to be used by the local planning authority in deciding planning applications within the parish up to 2033.


Please make time to vote in this referendum – it is important!

Copy of the plan in "spreads" view i.e. with pages shown side-by-side for easier onscreen viewing


Click image to download a copy of the referendum version of the plan [PDF 69.5 MB]

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Copy of the official publicity leaflet




Lewes Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version) has been published on the SDNPA website. The associated “Information Statement” and “Voting Information for Referendum” documents can be found on the same page. Voting information also appears on the Lewes District Council elections page.