Lewes District Council has published the results of its Issues and Options consultation, carried out last year. 

Announcing the report’s release, Nadim Din of LDC’s Planning Policy Team said:

‘Lewes District Council published the Issues & Options Summary Report and dataset on its website on 31 May 2022.  This report and data release provide a summary of the large number of responses received to the Issues and Options consultation that ran between 9th July and 3rd September 2021. This consultation was the first step in our journey of preparing a new local plan for Lewes District (excluding the South Downs National Park area). We want to thank all of you who have responded for their comments.

You can find the documents on this page.

The local plan is a planning document which guides decisions on future development and addresses the needs and opportunities of the district. The local plan must be reviewed every 5 years and be updated where necessary. The new Lewis District local plan will replace the current local plan adopted in 2016 (part 2 adopted in 2020). The South Downs National Park Authority is responsible for preparing a local plan for its planning authority area (ie that area of the district which it is the planning authority).

The Issues and Options consultation offered the first opportunity for our local community to be involved in the preparation of the new local plan and sought views on a variety of issues, and the options to consider in addressing them.  To help provide further context to the consultation document, we prepared and released six supporting topic papers across the following areas: Tackling Climate Change, Protecting and Enhancing the Quality of Environment, Accommodating and Delivering Growth, Improving Access to Housing, Promoting a Prosperous Economy, Building Community Wealth, Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities with Infrastructure. A large number of responses were received to the consultation, with the questions relating to the topic ‘Tackling Climate Change’ generating the highest volume of responses.

We are also publishing a Frequently Asked Questions document, which should answer commonly asked questions , certain terminology used and the wider plan making process. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at localplan@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk or ldf@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk.’