What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
Neighbourhood Planning is designed to provide a powerful set of tools to help local communities get the right types of development in the right place. Once a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted (via a local referendum), the local planning policies contained within it are given weight by the Local Planning
Authority when making planning decisions. So when a planning application is presented for decision, the developer will have to follow the Neighbourhood Plan guidelines regarding the type of housing they can build and what materials they can use.
The policies the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are currently developing, are for a Plan period until 2030, and all the strategies are required to be in general conformity with local planning guidelines set out by Lewes District Council (LDC), East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and the South Downs National Park (SDNP) Authority. In addition, the Neighbourhood Development Plan must also comply with National Policy set out by Government.