On 7th March 2019, residents of Lewes can vote in a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan. Voting papers will be sent out soon and there are polling stations around the town.
The Plan gives a greater say for local people in the way that Lewes Town is developed, including new housing and green spaces. If voted in, a significantly larger share of planning levies will go to the Town Council for local projects.
You can find the Plan here or see it at the Town Hall.
The Plan is the first in the country to use an ecosystem services approach as its guiding principle. It identifies small-scale sites for housing development, promotes affordable and low-cost housing and identifies green spaces and wildlife corridors. There’s a special focus on promoting enjoyment and use of the river Ouse as it flows through Lewes.
The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan has been through rigorous assessment by the South Downs National Park Authority and an independent Examiner. The Examiner commended the Plan for its quality, innovation, and distinctive approach, and the National Park committee was very complimentary about the particularly Lewesian character of the Plan and commended the hard work and careful thought that has gone into it. Over 40 local organisations including Transition Town Lewes contributed to developing the plan with Lewes Town Council over the last 5 years.
The Plan will now move to a public referendum in the town on 7th March 2019. Voters will be asked to answer yes or no to the question of whether they want the Plan to be used by the Planning Authority in deciding planning applications up to 2033. More information on the South Downs National Park website…
Please make time to vote in this referendum – it is important!