Vote on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan on 7th March!


Citizens of Lewes can vote in a referendum on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets the scene for development in Lewes up to 2033, including new housing and green spaces.

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 contributed to developing the plan with Lewes Town Council over the last 5 years, including Transition Town Lewes.

The Examiner’s report noted that, “It seeks to bring forward positive and sustainable development…clear focus on identifying smaller scale housing…designates a series of local green spaces…supports the vitality and viability of Lewes…affordable housing elements are well-considered”.

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 within the parish up to 2033.

Please make time to vote in this referendum – it is important!

To see the Plan and supporting documents please go to  or on the South Downs National Park  website or visit Lewes Town Hall or South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

A Notice of Poll will appear on the Lewes District Council website in due course.