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Services at a glance

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Heritage & Conservation

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    • South Downs National Park

    • 16 Sites of Special Scientific Interest

    • 115 Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)

    • 2 Special Areas of Conservation

  • Barcombe, Barcombe Cross, Bishopstone, Chailey Green, Chailey St Georges, Denton, Ditchling, Ditchling Cottage Homes, East Blatchington, Falmer, Firle, Glynde, Hamsey Cooksbridge, Hamsey Offham, Iford, Kingston, Lewes, Newhaven, Newick Church Road, Newick The Green, Norton, Piddinghoe, Ringmer, Rodmell, Saeford Chyngton, Seaford Town Centre, South Heighton, Telscombe, Westeston, Wivelsfield

  • BN1, BN2, BN6, BN7, BN8, BN9, BN10, BN25, RH15, RH16, RH17, TN22,


The district of Lewes covers an area of 292 sq km, extending from the English Channel, through the South Downs National Park and into the countryside of the Sussex Weald to the north.

The towns of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill in Mid Sussex District abut the north-western boundary and due to their available range of employment opportunities, retail, and public transport links to London and Gatwick, they exert a strong influence on the rural communities within the northern part of Lewes District. Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven are linked by rail connections to London, Gatwick, and towns along the Sussex coast and beyond. The high quality natural environment is safeguarded by the high level of environmental protection in parts of the district including the National Park, sixteen Sites of Special Scientific Interest, two Special Areas of Conservation, two National Nature Reserves, four Local Nature Reserves, and three Wildlife Trust Reserves. 

The district has 115 Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). Lewes town accounts for almost half the district’s jobs, the high level of public sector employment. Seaford is the largest settlement in the district. It is located between the sea and the South Downs National Park.

Whilst each have separate LDS documents, Lewes District, Eastbourne Borough and The South Downs National Park Authority are closely connected Authorities sharing protection and interest in environmental assets. In 2011 The South Downs National Park Authority became a local authority in control of the whole of the National Park from Winchester to Eastbourne. Lewes LDS includes their Core Strategy which was jointly prepared with National Park.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy, May 2016.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Several, including Lewes Town, Newhaven.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: Local Plan review in progress, with new plan expected by 2025.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Housing, Retail Development, and Biodiversity.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 106% - Acceptable

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 700

  • Applications Decided: 670

  • Appeals Allowed: 8

  • Appeals Dismissed: 12

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 77%

  • Analysis: Lewes District Council's performance was close to the average. The appeals allowed were minimal, indicating strong initial decision-making. Processing times show a need for slightly improved efficiency to meet statutory deadlines consistently.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1AB

Phone: 01273 471 600


Website: Lewes District Council

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