What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to play a much stronger role in shaping the areas in which they live and work and in supporting new development proposals. Unlike the parish, village or town plans a Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the development plan and sits alongside the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority, in our case the SDNPA. Neighbourhood plans have real legal force.

On 16th October 2018, East Dean & Friston Parish Council resolved to set-up a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. We asked for volunteers from the community to step forward and volunteer their time to help us start the process of devising a Neighbourhood Plan; the group met for the first time on 19th February 2019.

Have your say!

One of the most vital aspects of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it represents the views of ALL of the community. During the next few months we will be seeking your views about what’s important to you in your community. Neighbourhood Plans are about much more than future housing provision, they also encompass protection and enhancement of our natural environment, green spaces, transport links, heritage assets, community facilities, business, local economy and more!

At the Annual Village Meeting on 17th May members of the Parish Council will deliver a presentation and information session about Neighbourhood Planning. You will have the chance to meet members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and tell us your views on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges presented by living and working in our parish.

Following the annual meeting, we will be distributing a questionnaire to every household in the Parish asking for your detailed views on our Neighbourhood Plan. We will also be asking for your views in the local press, via our noticeboards, website, email, community events and drop-in sessions. A team of community connectors will aim to visit every household in the parish to answer any questions you may have about the Neighbourhood Plan and to ensure that your views are taken into account. We will even be asking parents of the younger members of our community to encourage their children to give us their vision for the future; what sort of village they want to grow up in.

Your feedback is so vital because it will be used to help formulate a vision for our parish and a series of objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan so please do take the time to tell us what you think.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Neighbourhood Plan, you can email us at or call us on 07902 194566. Keep an eye on this webpage too for the latest updates and minutes of meetings. 

Please do come along to the Village Meeting on Friday 17th May at the Village Hall, East Dean to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan, give us your views and meet the team. Doors open at 5.30pm and the meeting starts at 6.30pm.

We hope to see you there!

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

(April 2019)


Click here to view the agendas and minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group