Residents asked for views on Neighbourhood Plan

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Lewes Town Council needs the support of residents and community groups to take the Neighbourhood Plan for Lewes to its next stage.

At a two-day exhibition in the Corn Exchange, hundreds of people came along to see the work that has been done in the last year, which was presented in the form of early draft policies on which everyone is asked to comment.

Members of the public at previous events have recorded ideas on subjects ranging from what’s best and worst about Lewes, what they think about traffic and parking, sports and social facilities, use of the river and where they think hundreds of new homes might be built in the next 15 years. That feedback has begun to shape sections of a plan that could influence planning until 2030.

For anyone who could not make it to the event, copies of the first draft of the policy booklet can be found at www.lewes4all.uk and there is a questionnaire to accompany it which invites your comments.

There are also copies at the Town Hall and Lewes Library, along with printed versions of the questionnaire.

Chairman of the group that has been steering the plan process so far, Cllr Susan Murray, said: “Community engagement is vital. This affects everyone and it involves people in local democracy at a really practical level. We have already been contacted by local people living close to some of the areas where maps show the public have suggested houses might be built.

“I would like to reassure them this does not mean homes will be built there, but that someone has proposed it should be at least considered. You now have the chance to make your own views known.”

The questionnaire will remain open until Christmas, and the responses will further shape the Neighbourhood Plan and the next, more refined, draft will be presented at public events in February.”

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