Lewes Neighbourhood Plan – it’s a resounding “YES!”

The referendum votes on our Neighbourhood Plan have been counted (Friday 8th March) and the community has registered a very loud “Yes!” to the question:

“Do you want the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood development plan for the Parish of Lewes to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

3,276 people – just under 25% of the electorate voted (Thank you all), and the result was:

YES = 2993                NO= 268        Spoiled papers 15

That means that 92% voted ‘Yes’ and only 8% voted ‘No’

Lewes Mayor, Cllr Janet Baah, said: “This is a fantastic result.  The Plan started with a launch event in February 2013, so it has been a long and sometimes slow road, but this shows confidence in our belief that it has been one well worth travelling.  However you voted – we hope that you will start to see the real benefit of the Plan as it must now be used as a statutory reference by developers; planning officers, and planning committees, before deciding planning applications in the parish.  It also means that the town is entitled to a much greater share of Community Infrastructure Levy funds which can pay for a wide range of useful projects.”

To all those who have helped us develop the Plan – Thank you!

If you are wondering what you missed – you can read all about the Plan here

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