Travellers’ sites proposed for Newhaven

LAND in Denton has been identified by Lewes District Council as one of its preferred locations for accommodating a travellers’ site.

The council is currently consulting with local residents on the proposal for four permanent pitches at the former highways depot off the A259, which is contained in the Local Development Framework (LDF).

The LDF is a blueprint drawn up by local councils which lays out where and what sort of development they would like to see.

The council is also considering a site at Offham near Lewes for travellers.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Local authorities are expected to consider the need for, and provision of, sites for gypsies and travellers, as part of their work on preparing planning policies to guide the future development of their area.

“Lewes District Council is currently consulting with residents and businesses on an emerging Local Development Framework, which will provide planning policies for the area up to 2030.

“As part of that, we are asking local people about future provision of sites for gypsies and travellers in Lewes district.

“We have investigated a number of vacant and under used sites, owned by public sector bodies, and other sites suggested to us.

“Technical analysis of these sites suggests that two sites at Offham and Newhaven are best and we are currently seeking public views on those options.

“We are keen to hear from people about the suggested sites and also if they think there are other sites we should consider.”

The council said the two sites could provide a total of ten pitches.

The Newhaven site is on the north side of the A259 between Newhaven and Seaford.

A study of potential traveller sites in the district, which formed part of the LDF, said the site lay behind the embankment and was located within a fold in the landscape.

The study said it considered the site was suitable for a gypsy and traveller site, but would need to be designed to overcome flooding and landscaping issues.

The council is also looking at Lewes Road in Newhaven as a temporary stop over place.

To comment on the proposals visit write to: planning policy team, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, BN7 1AB or email ldf@lewes.gov.uk.