Seaford Town CouncilSeaford Town Council
Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street, Seaford, BN25 1HG.
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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 vision is that by 2030 Seaford will:

     1. Retain:
         - sense of community
         - character areas
         - unspoilt seafront, spectacular views and open spaces
     2. Make Greater Use Of:
         - seafront, heritage and National Park
     3. Improve:
         - transport infrastructure
         - economic base with its diverse mix of independent shops and businesses
     4. Ensure:
         - sympathetic development of homes

Next Steps

In late 2017 a public consultation was held on the draft plan. Over 200 comments were received, which the Steering Group has had to go 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 have been redrafting the key documents, as above, to ensure they meeting the Planning Inspector’s expectations.

The key documents above were presented to Council on 18 October 2018. The revised Plan is proposing two additional sites for housing development (homes above the new retail unit on The Downs site and the land at Florence House), the removal of one previously designated site (Homefield Place) and a further site for designation as a Local Green Space (Grand Avenue fields).  Further to adopting the revised Plan at the above meeting, the Town Council is now therefore consulting again with the public on the revised Plan and associated documents. Following this consultation the Plan will be submitted to Lewes District Council for a further public consultation and then finally to an Independent Inspector for scrutiny ahead of a public referendum.

For further information and documents and to make comments on the Plan, please see the following pages:

Thanks

The Town Council offers its sincerest thanks to all those involved in getting the draft Neighbourhood Plan to this stage (largely due to the work of the dedicated volunteers of the Steering and Focus Groups, under the guindance of Action in Rural Sussex) and thanks all those in advance who take the time to provide valuable feedback on the draft Plan - please get involved and help decide the future of our town!


 

 

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