Local planning policy

Local Plans

Local Plans for East Sussex district and borough councils:

Eastbourne Borough Council – Local Plan
Hastings Borough Council – Local Plan
Lewes District Council – Local Plan
Rother District Council – Local Plan
South Downs National Park Authority – Local Plan
Wealden District Council – Local Plan

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. It enables Parish and Town Councils, with their communities, to shape development in their areas. This is done through the production of:

  • A Neighbourhood Plan
  • A Neighbourhood Development Order or a Community Right to Build

Once adopted, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the development plan for the area. The policies contained within them are used in the determination of planning applications. Please see the Department for Local Government Neighbourhood Planning website for planning guidance.

Further information and advice

The main contact for information and advice on producing Neighbourhood Plans is the relevant Local Planning Authority:

Eastbourne Borough Council Neighbourhood Planning

Hastings Borough Council Neighbourhood Planning

Lewes District Council Neighbourhood Planning

Rother District Council Neighbourhood Planning

South Downs National Park Authority Neighbourhood Planning

Wealden District Council Neighbourhood Planning

East Sussex County Council Neighbourhood Planning Information Sheet

We have produced an information and advice sheet for those preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Strategic planning in Local Plans

The Localism Act 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework require strategic planning priorities to be:

  • Properly coordinated
  • Clearly reflected in Local Plans

A new ‘duty to cooperate’ means we work closely with district and borough councils on infrastructure planning. This ensures a coordinated approach to the delivery of infrastructure and services.

Infrastructure requirements are set out in district and borough Infrastructure Delivery Plans. These can be found using the links above.