Feria Urbanism supported Lewes Town Council in the preparation of a neighbourhood plan from project inception right through to successful referendum.
The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan was assessed by an independent examiner (Mr Andrew Ashcroft) and his report accepted by the South Downs National Park Authority. The examiner commended the plan for its quality, innovation, and distinctive approach in several areas. The National Park committee was very complimentary about the particularly “Lewesian” character of the plan and commended all the hard work and careful thought that has gone into it.
The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan won a commendation from the judges at the Royal Town Planning Institute South East planning awards. It was nominated in the category for Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment. The judges admired the “… ambition of the steering group, the thorough, long-term and extensive engagement with the community and stakeholders and the innovative ecosystem services approach to plan making – a first for a neighbourhood plan anywhere in the UK”.
The final plan was approved at referendum in March 2019 with a 92% yes vote on a turnout of 25%.
Team: Feria Urbanism, ClearLead Consulting
Project Type: Neighbourhood Plan
Client: Lewes Town Council
Location: Lewes, East Sussex