Newick Neighbourhood Plan adopted despite High Court challenge from developer

Newick Neighbourhood Plan, “Newick Now to 2030”, is the first neighbourhood plan to be formally adopted by Lewes District Council, following a successful referendum in February this year.

The council adopted the plan after a bid by a developer to challenge the scheme was thrown out by the High Court.

The Green, Newick, a focal point for the village

The Green, Newick, a focal point for the village

Cllr Tom Jones, Lead Member for Planning at Lewes District Council, said: “I am delighted that Newick’s Neighbourhood Plan is the first Neighbourhood Plan to reach the stage of formal adoption.

” It was prepared by Newick Parish Council, with assistance from Lewes District Council’s planning officers and includes a range of policies and housing allocations that will deliver the parish council’s vision for the parish for many years to come.”

Used to determine planning applications 

The formal adoption of the plan by Lewes District Council means that it will now form part of the statutory development plan for the district alongside the Lewes District Local Plan and will be used to determine planning applications in Newick.

A Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been established in Uckfield.

Maresfield, Crowborough, Hartfield and Herstmonceux are the other Wealden areas working on a Neighbourhood Plan, which – when approved – becomes an official part of the district’s planning policy.

There are seven stages to a Neighbourhood Plan.The first is to designate the area, which in Uckfield’s case follows the town boundary.

Referendum of townspeople

The plan is then drawn up following consultations with residents. There is then a formal consultation on the plan, what is called an Independent Examination followed by a referendum of townspeople. If they vote yes, the district council adopts the plan. More details of the process here

The Newick plan was challenged in the High Court by a company, DLA Delivery Ltd, on a number of grounds.

The Judge, Mr Justice Foskett, said DLA was a development company which had promoted land for housing development at Mitchelswood Farm, to the south of Allington Road.

An entrance of Mitchelswood Farm from Allington Road, Newick

An entrance of Mitchelswood Farm from Allington Road, Newick

The land was not included within the Newick Neighbourhood Plan.

Mr Justice Foskett said he considered none of the grounds for challenge had succeeded and the application “for judical review must fail.”

A summary of the case can be read on the Local Government Lawyer website, here

The High Court judgement can be read here on the British and Irish Legal Information Institute website.

You can read Newick’s Neighourhood Plan here

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