Local planning policy

Local planning policy sets out the policies for the future development and conservation of an area. It gives local residents and developers clear guidance on types of acceptable development.

In East Sussex, Local Plans are the responsibility of:

  • district and borough councils
  • the South Downs National Park Authority.

In partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, we are responsible for producing waste and minerals planning policy documents for the whole county including the part within the South Downs National Park and Brighton & Hove.

See: Waste and Minerals plans.

Local Plans

East Sussex district and borough local plans:

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 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 and 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 (your local District or Borough Council or the South Downs National Park 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 sheet for those preparing a Neighbourhood Plan which provides information and advice in relation to County Council matters that may be of relevance in the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Strategic planning in Local Plans

The Localism Act 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires that strategic planning priorities across local boundaries are properly coordinated and clearly reflected in individual Local Plans.

Through the new ‘duty to cooperate’, local planning authorities and other bodies must work together to develop strategic planning policies where needed.

We work with our local district and borough councils particularly on infrastructure planning. This ensures a coordinated approach to the delivery of infrastructure and services needed to support development proposed in Local Plans.

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