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April 19th, 2018.

Seaford Town Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has recently issued the update below following on from the Public Consultation on the draft plan back in late 2017:

‘The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has received over 200 comments, largely favourable, on the Draft Plan and Sustainability Appraisal. We appreciate the time and effort of all those who attended our consultation meetings as well as those completing questionnaires.

Some technical issues have emerged regarding the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment and, as a result, Specialist Consultancy support has been sought. A report to the Steering Group is due shortly.

The role of the Steering Group has now changed as we prepare for the next stage of developing the Plan (which will be seeking the agreement of the Town Council to the Plan being sent to Lewes District Council for a further Public Consultation before going to a professional Planning Inspector for scrutiny). The Town Council agreed at its meeting on 8th March that the Steering Group should be restructured by replacing the present format (of local volunteers with Councillor representation) with a Steering comprised of three Councillors and one local volunteer continuing as Chairman. Other former members of the Steering Group will be consulted informally, as required, for advice on areas they have been particularly involved with.

It is not yet possible to set a date for the next Steering Group meeting as this is dependent on the nature and timing of advice from Consultants. When the date is known it will be published on our website along with an agenda.’