A Neighbourhood Plan (sometimes called a Neighbourhood Development Plan) is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.
The Lewes Plan has been in development since 2014 and is nearing its completion.
The government-appointed Independent Examiner issued his final report on the proposed Lewes Neighbourhood Plan in December 2018. The report proposes some minor changes, but is overall very positive and supportive.
The next steps are for the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) planning committee to review the Independent Examiner’s report at its meeting on 17 January 2019, and a final version of the plan – revised according to the Independent Examiner’s wishes – will be published afterwards.
This final version of the plan will then proceed to a public town referendum, currently scheduled for 7 March 2019, for endorsement, after which (assuming the referendum result is in favour) the plan would come into effect, once formally adopted by the SDNPA.