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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 Consultation

Documents for the Regulation 14 Consultation can be found here: (click on image to view document)

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Hard Copies can be purchased at Seaford Town Council:

  Colour  B&W
 Entire Pack  £25.00  £15.00
 Draft Plan  £6.30  £3.50
 Local Green Spaces Report  £5.76  £3.20
 Sustainability Appraisal  £12.06  £6.70
 Non-Technical Summary to SA  £1.08  £0.60
 Overall Summary of Plan  £2.16  £1.20
 Response Form  FOC  FOC

Feedback:

Hard Copy Forms will be available at Seaford Town Council lobby and in Seaford Library for completion and return to STC

Online Forms are available here (note there is a continuation form available after submission should further comments be required)

Downloadable Word Document for completion and return to STC in hard copy format or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can be found here

The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Team

On behalf of Seaford Town Council; James Corrigan, Town Clerk

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan – Another Milestone reached

All documents for the Regulation 14 Consultation can be found HERE

 

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan – 11 July 2017 Information

Please find below links to the information from the display boards.

A folder containing hard copy information used on the display boards will be available by the weekend at Seaford Town Council offices in the Foyer, 37 Church Street.

Welcome

WHY ARE WE PRODUCING A PLAN?

KEY MESSAGES

WHAT ARE WE CONSULTING ON TODAY?

OBJECTIVES AND LONG TERM

TIMELINE

KEY STATISTICS

DEVELOPMENT AND GREEN SPACES FLOWCHART

SITES LIST - FULL

SITES LIST RATIONALE

58 SITES DOWN TO 7

SITES ASSESSED AGAINST SUSTAINABILITY

7 SITES LABELLED MAP

DEVELOPMENT: 7 SITES PROPOSAL DETAIL

THE DANE VALLEY PROJECT BOARDS

GRAND AVENUE SPECIFIC

GREEN SPACES MAP LABELLED

WHAT IS A LOCAL GREEN SPACE & CRITERIA?

POTENTIAL GREEN SPACE ASSESSMENT

LIST OF ORIGINAL 66 SITES

REDUCING 66 SITES TO 8

SITE SUMMARY

KEY VIEWS

KEY VIEWS 262 TO 38

DESIGN & PUBLIC REALM OBJECTIVES

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FOCUS GROUPS

OBJECTIVES

COMMENTS SHEET - closed

Online Comments form - closed

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan – 11 July 2017 Information Slideshow

Please take the time to view the information in the slide show. You can use the navigation buttons to go back and forwards between slides.

The final slide contains a link to the online comments form for completion once the information has been read.

Folders containing hard copy information used on the display boards are available  at Seaford Town Council offices in the Foyer, 37 Church Street, and from 19/07/2017 in Seaford Library.

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11th July 2017 Drop in Event - Interim Update

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IMPORTANT PLAN UPDATE

IMPORTANT PLAN UPDATE

We are delighted to be able to publish a formal update on the work we have undertaken since November 2016 and our major consultation event.

All of the documents we have published today can be seen here. They provide a detailed overview of the work we have undertaken with the Community and Stakeholders and sets out our proposed policy recommendations. We have called them “working documents” because we recognise that with continued input and feedback the contents will continue to develop.

We have been delighted with the engagement from residents, community groups, stakeholders and landowners. The level of engagement demonstrates the enthusiasm that Seaford has to develop its Neighbourhood Development Plan for the years ahead.

We have also published a technical document called "Scoping Report for Sustainability Appraisal". This document is used to consult various public bodies and gives detailed statistics and analyses relevant to the development of the Seaford Neighbourhood plan. It also identifies various environmental and social factors which will be assessed within the Sustainability Appraisal to identify the most appropriate future use of sites in the town. When this initial analysis is complete, we will arrange a public consultation meeting, probably in July. We are currently working on a Design Guide and will be setting up a meeting, probably, in June to get the public's views. We continue to be happy to receive feedback on the papers we have just published – our contact details are here. 

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan – Update April 2017

Seaford Neighbourhood Plan – Update

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do we need one?

As part of the Government’s policy to devolve more responsibility for planning to local people, the Neighbourhood Planning process is laid in a legal framework The plan is written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority. In our area it eventually becomes part of the Lewes District Local Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan can not override the District Plan but can add to it by, for example, designating Local Green Spaces.

Lewes District Council has given Seaford a housing target to find a minimum of 184 dwellings by 2030. With a Plan, Seaford residents are able to choose: where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built; say what new buildings should look like; and what infrastructure should be provided. Without a Plan, Seaford does not achieve such a strong influence, and receives less funding .In addition to making proposals on planning policy, “Community Proposals” can also be made within the Neighbourhood Plan on areas that have emerged from the Neighbourhood Planning team’s work.

The Neighbourhood Planning team make proposals based on evidence collected from surveys, questionnaires, meetings, papers, etc The process for developing the plan involves consulting residents and the authorities at all stages. The final proposed Plan then goes before an independent examiner, who checks that the Plan meets the right standards, and then to a local referendum where the residents of Seaford decide whether or not the Plan should be adopted.

What have we done so far?

We are a volunteer group made up of local residents and some Town Councillors. We have a Steering Group and four Focus Groups: Housing & Development, Environment & Countryside, Local Economy and Facilities; and Transport & Travel.

We have created a draft vision that by 2030 Seaford will have:

  • made greater use of the seafront, heritage assets and its position as a gateway to the National Park;
  • promote sympathetic development;
  • improve the economic environment;
  • retain open spaces and the spectacular views; 
  • improve the transport infrastructure;
  • expand the rich and diverse shops, businesses, and community and tourist facilities.

It is vital, if we are to withstand possible legal challenges, that the plan is based on robust evidence not opinions. So we have:

  • collected the views of residents from 1,100 Survey Forms returned to us by the public; 
  • organised a public consultation meeting when we were almost overwhelmed by the hundreds of people attending; 
  • prepared, and made available to the public by each Focus Group, Draft Evidence Reports which contained questionnaires; 
  • consulted, or will be consulting shortly, over 50 local groups and organisations.

All our key documents and questionnaires are on www.Seafordnp.uk. It is not too late for you to complete our questionnaires on line.

Following recent cases of Neighbourhood Plans being challenged in court, it is essential to demonstrate that all sites, including publicly owned land, green spaces and brown field sites, and sites put forward by land owners following the call for sites, are examined carefully by the Housing and Development Focus Group and, in turn, by the Steering Committee. Being considered by the Plan does not mean that a site will be allocated for housing. Neighbourhood planning is about the use and development of land, and appropriate evidence on local social, economic and environmental conditions. Evidence is being collected for each site including its location, size, current and previous use, relevant planning policies, planning history, flood risk, accessibility, biodiversity, landscape, historic environment, infrastructure, ability to provide affordable housing, and the impact on local businesses and community facilities. This provides evidence about a site’s suitability, achievability, availability and acceptability. All this evidence is then fed into what is known as a “Sustainability Appraisal”. The key aspect of this process is that it is laid down by central government so decisions on the future use of sites are based on objective criteria not opinion.

The Environment & Countryside Questionnaire seeks residents’ views on sites which are likely to meet the following strict Government criteria for Local Green Space designation:

  1. it is reasonably close to the community it serves, is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land. 
  2. is demonstrably special to the local community and holds a particular local significance, for example, because of:
  • its beauty, 
  • historic significance, 
  • recreational value 
  • tranquillity or 
  • richness of its wildlife.

In addition to considering green Spaces the Environment and Countryside Focus Group are also considering how the historic and natural environment can be improved, including facilities for recreation and sport, and minimising flooding as well as light and air pollution.

The Local Economy and Facilities Group is considering how businesses can be best supported and whether the infrastructure is adequate.

The Transport and Travel Group are looking at the provision of rail, road, cycling and pedestrian services in the town.

Next Steps

We will be holding an other public meeting in June /July, and issuing further progress reports on the website and in the press. Once our evidence collection is finalised, we will consult widely with residents, and the various authorities prior to examination of the Neighbourhood Plan by an Independent Examiner and finally a referendum of residents. When we know more dates we’ll tell you.

How you can help

We’re working hard for our Town. We’ll keep you up to date. Please help us by looking at the website, completing the questionnaires and giving us your views. You can ask questions at the Steering Group meetings (check dates and times on the website)

The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Team

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30th November Consultation Event Success!

30th November Consultation Event Success!

 

Many thanks to the hundreds of residents who attended last night to see the work that we are doing to take forward the Neighbourhood Plan. It was fantastic that so many people could make it. If you couldn’t make it, a lot of the information is right here!

As people came in we gave them an overview flyer which you can see here. As the flyer said, we are preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan because:

  1. The Plan helps Seaford to influence what gets built, where and how from now until about 2030.
  2. Without a Plan, Seaford doesn’t get the same say, and less funding.
  3. We need to find space for more homes. If we don’t find them, we can’t easily shape development or enhance and preserve our green open spaces.
  4. The Plan will be decided by a local referendum.

You can also see a copy of many of the documents we shared with residents here – this includes the draft evidence reports from many of the Focus Groups. There are a few “myths” we want to put right(!):

  1. The Neighbourhood Plan owns no land itself. We are a volunteer group of residents and some Councillors, supported by consultants from Action in Rural Sussex.
  2. Nothing has yet been decided. We are currently gathering evidence and the final plan will go to a local referendum where the residents of Seaford Town can vote on the final proposed Plan.
  3. Some think that without a Plan nothing will happen. That isn’t right, it’s the opposite. If there is no Plan, Lewes District Council will have to make one for us. Speed is therefore key, but we have to follow due process.
  4. The Neighbourhood Plan will go to a referendum of residents. We can’t set the date until the work has been reviewed by an Independent Examiner and Lewes District Council agrees to start the Referendum process. We hope this will in 2017. When we know, we’ll tell you.

We still want to hear from you about our work and are always pleased to have new volunteers. Look at our“enquiries section” or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will now continue to review and gather more evidence and discuss our plans with a range of stakeholders including the Seaford Town Council, Lewes District Council, the South Downs National Park Authority and a range of stakeholders across the Town.

We are a volunteer group made up of local residents and Town Councillors. We’re working hard for our Town. We’ll keep residents up to date and look forward to sharing more in 2017!

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The Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Team

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30th November Consultation Event STC Flyer

The flyer handed out on 30th November Consultation Event by Seaford Town Council can be found here

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Looking forward to the 30th November 2016 drop-in consultation from 4.30-7.30pm in the Clinton Centre!

Looking forward to the 30th November 2016 drop-in consultation from 4.30-7.30pm in the Clinton Centre!

 

The Neighbourhood Plan team looks forward to meeting as many residents as possible at our consultation event on 30th November – it’s a drop-in event so do come along and see the work we are doing!

Just to say, we’ve had a number of residents say they’ve received leaflets saying that the Neighbourhood Plan wants to “sell” places like Normansal Park and part of the Seaford Head Gold Course.

This is impossible!

The Neighbourhood Plan doesn’t own anything itself – it is made up of volunteer residents and some Town Councillors who are working hard to help Seaford shape development until about 2030.

We’re currently gathering input and evidence to shape our work – we want to share that with you on the 30th! So, come along and see first hand the work we’re doing and have your say!

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The Neighbourhood Plan Team

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November 2016 Poster

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Call for Sites - Deadline extended

CALL FOR SITES - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2016

Can you suggest sites in the Town where new housing development could be built?

If you are a landowner or an agent working on behalf of a landowner and would like your site to be considered, please respond to the Call for Sites with all required information.

Go to www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk  or click here.

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Your Town Needs You

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The Neighbourhood plan team for Seaford is making a plea for community minded individuals to come forward and donate some time to help shape the future of the town.

It also ensures that more funds from developers who build houses in the town are retained in the Town, this could be upwards of an additional £300,000 for Seaford to spend on local projects.

The Neighbourhood Plan when complete will determine significant issues for the Town including where new housing is to be built, design and type, the transport needs for the town, the local environment and local green spaces, community facilities and leisure, local economy and tourism including retail, commercial properties and the town centre.

Volunteers are needed to contribute to the various focus groups in particular. A spokesman said “We have lots of people telling us we need a Neighbourhood Plan for the good of the town.

We also have lots of people in the town giving their opinion on various aspects of the town from the comfort of their sofa, usually on Facebook. Now is their chance to do something other than criticise the doers of the town.

We have a very dedicated team at present but we want more people to be involved to make sure we get this very important legal plan for the town right.

Anyone wishing to get involved is asked to either call Faustina Bayo on 01273 407320 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Neighbourhood plan team is currently made up of local residents and some town councillors.

The Neighbourhood Plan is being funded by Seaford Town Council.

 

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Logo

Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Logo

 

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The Steering Group are pleased to announce the winner of the logo competition as Jacob Attard from St John's School.

He will be presented with a certificate and has our grateful thanks.

 

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Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Survey Update

Seaford Neighbourhood Plan Survey Update

The deadline for the survey was extended from the 20th of June to the 27th of June 2016. Some responses were received after the deadline and they will all be entered into the database including the last one which was received on Monday 11th July 2016. Action in rural Sussex has now closed data entry and will begin to analyse the responses.

There were three parts to the survey requiring three separate responses.

  • The general Neighbourhood Plan Survey – report to be submitted to Seaford NDP steering Group and Town Council to inform the Neighbourhood Plan
  • The Housing Needs Survey - report to be submitted to Seaford NDP steering Group and Town Council to inform the Neighbourhood Plan- this report will take longer to complete as it is in two parts and lastly
  • Outcome of the consultation on the 4 plots of land – outcome to be submitted to the Town Council – This has nothing to do with the Neighbourhood Plan steering group or the neighbourhood Plan itself.

An open evening will be held to feedback the results to residents after which it will be made available on the website.

We aim to hold this open evening after the school holidays to ensure maximum attendance.

 

 

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Neighbourhood Plan Survey- Delivery Update

We apologise if you have not had your survey delivered.

We have arranged for copies of the survey to be made available for residents to collect from;

the Co-op in Princess Drive,

Angie's News Agents in Claremont Shops,

the Railway Station, 

the Library,

and the Post Office in Walmer Rd.

 

The date of return has been extended to 27th June to help more residents to respond.

 

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Logo Design Competition

Seaford Town Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan which, once accepted, will benefit the residents of Seaford.

As part of setting up the plan the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has decided to create a Logo which will head and identify the plan on our paperwork, website and general advertising.

We would be delighted if children from Seaford would like to participate in creating the Logo which will then go to a vote of the Steering Group members for selection of the most appropriate design.

 

Please submit entries (NO LARGER THAN A4)  to Cllr. Mark Brown, SeafordNP Logo Competition C/o. Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street, Seaford 

 

Seaford Town Council will award winner's certificates.

We would anticipate that Logo selection would take place in early July.

 

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Clarification

I have just been listening to Seahaven FM Drive Time Extra with Jason Hall about the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan. I would like to clarify the process by which the steering group and the focus groups have been set up.

There was a meeting for Seaford residents on 30th April. It was widely publicised and many residents and councillors attended. This meeting was to introduce the local community to the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan. At the end of the meeting anyone interested was invited to put forward their names for the steering group and / or one of the 5 the focus groups.

The steering group has met twice now. It is made up of local residents and some local councillors. The residents interested in being part of a focus group have been invited to the first meeting.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding people may have.

Julie Davies

Chair of the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan steering committee.

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Survey - coming to every household in Seaford

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN SURVEY: The Council is aware there are some concerns from residents that have not yet received their Neighbourhood Plan Housing Survey. The surveys are with a distribution company and are being delivered in stages. The Council is told that all households should receive their surveys by next Friday, 10th June. If you have not received your survey by next Friday, please let the Council know on 01323 894 870 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and there will be spare copies of the survey available for collection from the Council Offices on Church Street. Questions to do with the survey itself should be directed to Tom Warder, the Neighbourhood Planning Officer at Action in Rural Sussex (the company commissioned to develop the survey), on 01273 407 302 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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