Planning is often controversial

What's the Parish Council's role?

Parish Councils play a limited part in the current planning process. Like others, Barcombe PC is a statutary consultee in most (but not all) cases, so receives relevant documents from Lewes District Council. After local consultation and formal discussion, the PC can vote on an application before recommending a course of action to LDC; the recommendation will be taken into consideration by the case Planning Officer, but the weight given to it will vary. If the application is passed to LDC’s Planning Committee for decision – a body made up from local councillors, not planners – the Case Officer’s recommendation may or may not be followed. 

Development in Barcombe Cross

  • Under Lewes District Council’s Local Plan Part 2, Barcombe parish has been allocated a minimum of 30 new dwellings, to be provided by 2030. The Parish Council played no part in the allocation process. 
  • Current local interest and concern centres on three sites in Barcombe Cross, identified by LDC as suitable for a significant number of new homes. The Parish Council was not involved, other than providing basic information at an early stage.
  • The sites are shown on the map below. To download a zoomable version, click here.

Current focus: Hillside (two sites) and Bridgelands

Applications and progress

Please note

To view a planning application below, click its number (for example, LW/20/0288). On the LDC web page that opens, agree to the Terms and Conditions. Then continue to the 'Search' page and paste in the application's number.

Hillside sites

  • The developer of Hillside site BA03 (see map above) lodged planning application LW/20/0633 on 18th September 2020. 
  • A planning application in 2020 for Hillside Nurseries (BA01) was withdrawn: see LW/20/0288

Bridgelands site

  • A current application is under review: see LW/20/0245
  • An outline planning application was lodged in 2018: see LW/18/0627


For general information on planning and Barcombe parish, please see this page.