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Ditchling, Westmeston & Streat Neighbourhood Plan

Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Parish Councils are preparing a joint Neighbourhood Development Plan for Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston. Details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available at the Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Neighbourhood Plan website

The following stages and documents have been produced:

Statutory stage Further information & documents

On Thursday 19th April 2018 there will be a Referendum on a neighbourhood development plan in the Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Parish areas.

The Referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here:

Further details on  the Referendum be viewed on the Lewes District Council website.

Decision Statement  On the 7th of February 2018, the SDNPA and LDC agreed under delegated officer powers, the Decision Statement for the Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston NDP.  This sets out the modifications that will be made to the plan in response to the Examiner’s recommendations:

The DSW NDP will be amended accordingly and will proceed to referendum in April.

Independent Examination

The SDNPA & LDC appointed Mr Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC as independent examiner of the Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston NDP. The Examiner assessed whether the DSW NDP meets certain legal requirements, known as ‘basic conditions’ and considered the representations made on the DSW NDP.

The Examiner has now issued his final report, which the SDNPA & LDC will consider. A ‘Decision Statement’ will be prepared setting out the actions to be taken in response to the recommendations of the Examiner.

During the examination, the Independent Examiner requested further information to assist in his consideration of the DSW NDP. The documents below set out the Examiner’s questions and the Local Planning Authorities and Qualifying Body response.

Publicising the Plan proposal

The SDNPA and Lewes District Council published the submitted Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston NDP for consultation in accordance with Part 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The consultation ran from Wednesday 5 July to Monday 28 August 2017.

The following documents were submitted for consultation:

Supported by:

The SDNPA undertook the following checks on the Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston NDP submission documents:

2nd pre-submission consultation Ditchling, Westmeston & Streat Parish Councils carried out a second pre-submission consultation on sites and Local Green Spaces from 7 December to 28 January 2017.

Pre-submission consultation on the plan Ditchling, Westmeston & Streat Parish Councils carried out their Pre Submission consultation from 16 March to 26 April 2016.

Designated Neighbourhood Area The SDNPA designated the Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Neighbourhood Area on 16 January 2014 following an application from the parish councils.

Consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Area A consultation on an application to designate Ditchling, Streat & Westmeston Neighbourhood Area was held from 26 February to 9 April 2013.

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