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Local Plan Consultation – Please share your views!

We have received the following information from Lewes District Council regarding the development of a new Local Plan and the launch of a public consultation.  The Parish Council would like to encourage all residents to follow the link, review the documents and respond, as the Local Plan will determine future planning  policy and what will get built where.

“”Lewes District Council is preparing a new Local Plan which will cover that part of the district outside of the South Downs National Park, and we have published ‘Towards a Lewes Local Plan: Spatial Strategy and Policy Directions’ for public consultation.

The ‘Towards a Local Plan spatial strategy and policies directions’ document makes a key stage in the plan making process and provides the basis for consultation with residents, businesses and organisations on how we should develop the plan area for the future. The document outlines the preferred vision, aims and key planning issues affecting the plan area, as well as proposed policy directions for addressing these and potential locations for new development and growth.

We are now seeking views on the preferred policy directions and options for growth. We are also asking for thought on whether there are any additional policies or growth options we should be considering.

We are asking for comments on the Towards a Lewes Local Plan: Spatial Strategy and Policy Directions document over a 10-week period from Wednesday 29th November 2023 to Thursday 8th February 2024.

The easiest way to respond to this consultation is via our on-line Consultation Portal at  Alternatively, the relevant documents can be downloaded and comments sent in by email or post to:

Paper copies are available to view at Lewes District Council Reception, 6 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AD.”


Land East of Ditchling Road – Public Exhibition of Plans – Tuesday 5 December, 2.30-7.30pm

On 22 November, Wivelsfield Parish Council met with Cala Homes to view their draft plans for the Ditchling Road site, in advance of the upcoming public consultation.  They raised a number of issues with the plans, as well as drawing Cala’s attention to other points relevant to the development.   Notes from the meeting are shown below:

Notes from the meeting between Wivelsfield Parish Council and Cala Homes

Cala Homes will be holding a public exhibition of  their plans for the approved, 96-home application on land east of Ditchling Road, to be held at Wivelsfield Village Hall on Tuesday 5th December, from 2.30 to 7.30pm.  The Parish Council would encourage you to go along to view the draft plans, talk to the various consultants involved and give your views.

The greater the turnout, the better informed Cala Homes can be about what matters most to existing residents, any perceived issues, and what they need to consider to make this development work as well as it can.

For more information and an initial view of the layout please see the flyer below:

Cala Homes – Public Exhibition Invitation

Notice of Election

Lewes District Council has today (20th March 2023), published a Notice of Election for Town and Parish Councils within the Lewes District.

This includes an election to fill the nine seats on Wivelsfield Parish Council, the tier of local government closest to the community.

If you have ideas and enthusiasm, a few hours to spare per month and are keen to make a difference in Wivelsfield, why not consider putting yourself forward for election? There are just some simple criteria to meet and a nomination form to complete in order to stand.   The greater the diversity of the people who put themselves forward, the more representative of the wider community the Council can be.

To find out more about what the role of a parish councillor involves, please visit the National Association of Local Councils website, which contains lots of information and case studies.  The Electoral Commission website contains information about standing as a councillor.  Or, to ask more about the specifics of being a councillor in Wivelsfield,  please contact the Clerk, or speak to members of the current council.

Annual Parish (Community) Meeting

Our Annual Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th March, from 6.30pm at Wivelsfield Village Hall.

This year’s primary focus is to help raise the profile of Wivelsfield based clubs and organisations, to ensure residents know about the great variety of activities available and that clubs remain well supported.

The evening will be largely informal, giving residents the chance to socialise and talk to club representatives, as well as their local Parish, District and County Councillors.  We’ll also be asking for feedback about what improvements or additional facilities you’d like to see around the Parish.

Please drop in between 6.30 and 7.30pm.  There will then be a very short meeting and question time from 7.30pm.

Free tea, coffee and cake available, as well as a free prize draw for those that come along.

Agenda – Annual Community Meeting