BACKGROUND & CURRENT STATUS:
The Neighbourhood Plan for Seaford has been under way since January 2016, being lead by the voluntary Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Action in Rural Sussex, with the support of the Town Council.
Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?
Lewes District Council has given Seaford a housing target to find a minimum of 185 dwellings by 2030. With a Plan, Seaford residents are able to choose: where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built; say what new buildings should look like; and what infrastructure should be provided. Without a Plan, Seaford does not achieve such a strong influence, and receives less funding.
The Neighbourhood Planning team make proposals based on evidence collected from surveys, questionnaires, meetings etc. The process for developing the plan involves consulting residents and the authorities at all stages. The final proposed Plan then goes before an independent examiner, who checks that the Plan meets the right standards, and then to a local referendum where the residents of Seaford decide whether or not the Plan should be adopted.
What has been done so far?
The Steering Group is a volunteer group made up of local residents and some Town Councillors. There were four Focus Groups that supported the Steering Group, namely: Housing & Development, Environment & Countryside, Local Economy & Facilities, and Transport & Travel.
The Plan’s vision is that, by 2030, Seaford will:
– sense of community
– character areas
– unspoilt seafront, spectacular views and open spaces
2. Make Greater Use Of:
– seafront, heritage and National Park
– transport infrastructure
– economic base with its diverse mix of independent shops and businesses
– sympathetic development of homes
In late 2017 a public consultation was held on the draft plan. Over 200 comments were received, which the Steering Group went through in detail. Some technical issues emerged regarding the Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment and, as a result, a specialist consultancy was approached to review the documents in depth. The Group redrafted the key documents to ensure they met the Planning Inspector’s expectations.
The key documents were presented to Council on 18 October 2018 and the revised Plan was published for a second consultation which took place in November/December 2018. The responses received in the second consultation have been used to revise the Plan further. This final Plan and associated documents were approved at an Extraordinary Meeting of Seaford Town Council on 28th February 2018.
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan has now completed the Regulation 16 Consultation. All representations made have been passed by Lewes District Council to the Examiner for his scrutiny along with all the other documentation that was published by LDC under Regulation 16 consultation.
For further information and documents please click on the blocks below to be taken to the relevant Seaford Neighbourhood Plan pages.
The Town Council offers its sincerest thanks to all those involved in getting the Neighbourhood Plan to this stage (largely due to the work of the dedicated volunteers of the Steering and Focus Groups, under the guidance of Action in Rural Sussex) and thanks to all who have taken the time to provide valuable feedback on the Plan.