Decision Maker: Director of Regeneration and Planning
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The ‘making’ of the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan as part of the statutory development plan for Lewes District.
To ‘make’ and formally adopt the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan as part of the statutory development plan for Lewes District.
To ensure the Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ within the timeframe set out by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). This is 8 weeks from the day after a successful referendum. Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan (NNP) referendum was held on 10th October 2019 and so the NNP must be made by the 5th December 2019.
Potential to hold a special meeting of the Full Council before 5th December – rejected for the following reasons:
· It is not appropriate for Full Council to be voting on a planning policy matter during the election period because of the purdah rules on council publicity.
· There is a significant risk that even if a meeting of Full Council were convened, it might not be quorate, as many members may have prior commitments relating to the election.
· Officer resource needed to prepare for and administer a Full Council meeting is not available during the election period. Removing them from election duties could undermine the election process.
Urgent item?: Yes
Publication date: 28/11/2019
Date of decision: 27/11/2019