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 neighbourhood plan passed referendum on Thursday 7th March 2019 when voters were asked to answer simply YES or NO to the question of whether they want the neighbourhood plan to be used by the local planning authority in deciding planning applications within the parish up to 2033.


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 Feria Urbanism team is involved in other neighbourhood plans in a series of towns and villages including Hawkhurst, Loose, Ticehurst, Staplehurst and Faversham. The team has also worked with a neighbourhood forum on the edge of Bristol city centre and a neighbourhood plan group in the heart of Southampton city centre. If you wish to know more about these other neighbourhood plan projects, please get in touch.

Lewes Neighbourhood Plan




Date: 7th March 2019

Yes Vote: 92%

Turnout: 25%


The Lewes Neighbourhood Plan won a comendation at the RTPI South East Award for Planning Excellence.


These awards celebrate outstanding projects that demonstrate the power of planning in the region. Entries reflect the diversity of planning achievement, whether in urban or rural areas, large or small in scale, involving new development, regeneration or conservation.