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NEWHAVEN DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PRE-SUBMISSION AND PUBLICITY

April 25th, 2017.

NTC release:



To quote a well-known saying -  The one thing we can be certain of is change - and Neighbourhood Planning gives a wonderful opportunity for local people to have a say about how their local area will change over the coming years, such as what special areas need protection, how employment opportunities can be ensured and where new homes can go.


Since 2014 Newhaven Town Council has been asking residents, businesses and organisations about what they think makes Newhaven special and what could be improved. The feedback received through consultation events, where possible, has been incorporated into the Draft Neighbourhood Plan, to ensure it has been shaped by the local community, for the local community.

Producing a Neighbourhood Plan is not for the faint-hearted and requires real commitment from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, which in Newhaven’s case has been made up of residents and Councillors who have given their time freely. They have met regularly over the production period, researching evidence and bringing together all the threads of information to help produce the Plan.

Earlier on in the Neighbourhood Plan process, a residents’ focus group met regularly to give their ideas on what the major issues are in the town and what they felt the Neighbourhood Plan needed to address. Their support (and invaluable local knowledge) was a great help to the Town Council in helping to produce a plan that fully reflects the aspirations of local people.

New housing is inevitable and important to ensure that everyone in the community has a place to live. The Neighbourhood Plan however, is about far more than just housing. It sets out how Newhaven can be the best it can be through the provision of employment, improvement of the town centre, better transport links, protected and improved recreation spaces, the protection of natural assets and creating an environment that supports healthy living and well-being.

Newhaven is now consulting on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and the official start date for this is 3rd May 2017. The consultation period will run for 7 weeks with all comments on the Plan needing to be in by 5.00pm on 21st June. There are three public drop-in sessions where people can view the document and ask questions on its content. These will be held on:

Wednesday 3rd May from 2.00pm – 8.00pm at Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road

Wednesday 17th May from 2.00pm – 7.00pm at Lewes Road Social Centre, Lewes Road

Saturday 27th May from 10.00am – 2.30pm at Denton & Mount Pleasant Social Centre

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan will be available to view from  the 3rd of May at the following locations:

- Newhaven Library, High Street, Newhaven, BN9 9PD

- Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven, BN9 9LH

- Paradise Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, BN9 0DH

- Town Council Offices, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QE

As well as on the Town Council's website at www.newhaventowncouncil.gov.uk

Contact: Susie Mullins Head of Strategic Development, Newhaven Town Council, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QE. Office: 01273 516100 Email: Susie.mullins@newhaventowncouncil.gov.uk