Playing your part in Lewes’ future

Lewes Town Hall
Lewes Town Hall

Local people are being invited to help frame the future of the county town.

Lewes Town Council is staging a Neighbourhood Plan Open Day at the Town Hall on August 16 (10am-4pm), described as “your chance to make history”.

Steering Group Chair Susan Murray said: “We need local people’s experience and understanding of the town to shape the future of Lewes.

“One of the primary aims of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan is to create a vision for 20 years hence that reflects our desires, lifestyles and dreams – and our hope for future generations.

“The Open Day will enable YOU to identify key issues within the topic areas already identified by the Steering Group. There will be a carousel of areas to be considered when planning for the future of our town covering housing; transport; ecosystems, sustainability and energy; tourism, economy and business; and community infrastructure.”

Cllr Murray continued: “Your input to this process is critical. We need to know and understand what local people want for the future of Lewes. If the Neighbourhood Plan can demonstrate that it reflects the wider views of Lewes, pass a government examination and a local referendum then it becomes a formal part of the planning system. This means, if successful, the Neighbourhood Plan will carry legal weight when officers in the local planning authority assess planning applications.”

If you would like to help run the Open Day, feel you can contribute to one of the topics listed or would like to join the Steering Group as a representative of a local organisation call Cllr Murray on 01273 473912 or email