The Lewes Town Council are in the process of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan and the Friends of Lewes is represented on their Steering Group.
Essentially the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan has to allocate sites for housing development in the town in the period until 2030 within the policies adopted in the Lewes District/South Downs National Park Authority Joint Core Strategy (which will in due course be replaced by the South Downs Local Plan).
The Town Council is expected to provide sites for 220 houses but may count any planning permissions given since 1st April 2015 towards it other than the North Street Quarter or the potential Old Malling Farm developments and sites for 5 dwellings or less. This means that the South Downs Road site and the potential housing site in the grounds of the former St Anne’s School may be counted.
The Friends of Lewes has expressed the strong view that greenfield sites must not be put forward and that social housing could be built over the top of low lying car parks in the town to reach the target figure.
Friends of Lewes Consultation Responses on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan:
- Friends of Lewes comments on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Draft, June 2017
- FoL Response to the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan Draft Planning Policies Consultation Report of November 2015, December 2015
To explore other Friends of Lewes statements and submissions on this, use the search box at top right, and see the Friends of Lewes Newsletters.