Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Reaches the Next Stage
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan has now completed the Regulation 16 Consultation. All representations made have been passed by Lewes District Council to the Examiner for his scrutiny along with all the other documentation that was published by LDC under Regulation 16 consultation.
The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has decided to delete from the Plan, Policy SEA10 on Health and the associated Paragraphs 6.37A-6.37C. This is because a glitch in Microsoft Word meant that adding in to the Plan redrafted (and longer) paragraphs (that is the above paragraphs 6.37A-6.37C) immediately before the Second Reg 16 Consultation documents were published, led to the Policy itself being inadvertently deleted from the draft. Even though the Policy SEA 10 appeared in the list of policies at the beginning of the Plan it has been decided that it would be safer to delete the policy rather than run the risk of the Plan being challenged later.
This deleting does not lessen the support for the Downs Health Hub project but rather a response to the technical requirements in relation to Neighbourhood Planning.
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.