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Neighbourhood Development Plan

Information on the Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Development Plan can be found by clicking on the following link to the Steering Group’s website:-

Not sure what a Neighbourhood Plan is? Click here to find more information:- What is a Neighbourhood Plan

Find out further information re sites by clicking here:- Statement to accompany Aecom Report      and here:- Aecom Site Assessment Nov 2019



Responses to a survey on ideas for the centre of Peacehaven have shown that residents in Peacehaven and Telscombe (including East Saltdean) rank a new supermarket, shops and cafes of highest importance with 60% supporting new pedestrian streets and squares for the new centre.

The developer Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) is currently consulting on their own proposals however the original Masterplan (a set of ideas for the area) commissioned by Peacehaven and Telscombe Town Councils shows that people surveyed were lukewarm about proposals for new town houses, flats, sheltered housing and a care home.

The 844 responses generated 2327 separate pieces of data to be analysed, so give a real insight into residents’ views. Other highlights from the survey include:

– Asked about what type of affordable housing should be made available people ranked shared ownership (1st) followed by discounted market homes (2nd), social rent (3rd) and sheltered housing (4th).
– People generally supported more activities and facilities for young people.
– There was also strong support of a new business or enterprise hub on the Hoyle Road industrial estate.
– However, a majority didn’t support the Masterplan overall.

Further analysis suggests that this was because of opposition to new housing without improvements to roads, particularly the A259, and social infrastructure such as more GPs and Dentists. People were also concerned about losing a big supermarket and having to travel to Brighton or Newhaven for their weekly shop. They wanted more competition for the Co-op and also wanted more independent shops, cafes and restaurants. They also wanted an improved community centre and library facilities. There was also support for retaining trees and improving green spaces and the appearance of the centre in general.

Cllr Cathy Gallagher who chairs the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group said: “While we note that a slight majority were opposed to the Masterplan overall, we were pleased that they liked the vision of new pedestrian streets and squares. We understand that people are worried about more homes being built without the infrastructure in place to support new and existing residents but have to be realistic – without new homes, none of the proposed improvements can happen. We will continue to listen to residents’ views as we develop the policies and projects and feed these into the draft Neighbourhood Plan which we hope to publish later in the summer.”



(Preferred developer for the COOP )

The Steering Group welcomed an early opportunity to discuss the Meridian Site with HDD.

We advised HDD that their plans did not fulfil the Vision for the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) or the views of residents expressed in the Masterplanning Survey or earlier Surveys. We emphasised that this was an opportunity to develop a vibrant Town Centre to be used by all age groups ,an opportunity to create a centre to encourage local people to use the facilities throughout the day and evening.

A true destination with a greater number of retail units, a library, café’s and restaurants, improved community space , public realm, public transport, cycle paths with walkways and green infrastructure improvements. A housing mix reflecting and meeting local needs for affordable housing for all ages.

A sustainable Town Centre reducing local dependence on the A259.

We have given our views to HDD but they want yours. Please do the survey and encourage others to do so. The views of the young count as this is a redevelopment which will affect them for the next 50 years plus.



A covered shopping area and small town houses were selected as preferences in response to the Peacehaven town centre Masterplan survey. Other preferences included agreement with the proposed new pedestrian streets and squares and backing for a business or enterprise centre.

Least favourite options selected included sheltered housing and pubs and bars. 844 responses were received in total which will be used to develop policies and as supporting evidence for the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

Cathy Gallagher chair of the Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group said, “Although a slightly higher percentage disagreed with the Masterplan overall this gives us a fantastic idea of what people do want for their new town centre. We will now be busy feeding back these results to residents and other interested parties, drafting the Neighbourhood Plan and consulting on design codes for new developments.”

For more information about the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group see the website, Facebook and Twitter.


Thank you to all those who responded to the survey on the masterplan for the centre of Peacehaven.  The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group has had a fantastic response and will be collating everyone’s views after the closing date for comments which was on Sunday 31st January 2021.

There have already been many comments on Facebook and other platforms and an updated frequently asked questions document has been created which you can view here to respond to questions as they arise:

All the responses will be used to create a paper which will be used as an evidence document.

A pamphlet was delivered to every home in the plan area i.e. East Saltdean, Telscombe including Telscombe village and Peacehaven. Social media and websites were also used to promote the online survey. The pamphlet set out the background on the NDP and the concept possibility for land use on the Meridian Site.

We had planned a number of public events in 2020 to consult and make the community aware of the vision and aims of the NDP but of course these were overshadowed by COVID-19 regulations. However, on 11th February at 7pm we will be holding a public Zoom meeting, to enable any questions or comments to be addressed. Please contact Peacehaven Town Council if you wish to attend.

The Co-op Group own the majority of the land on the Meridian Site and they have appointed a preferred developer – Henry Davidson Developments Limited (HDD).

HDD will in due course be consulting on their plans and they will be responsible for an actual planning application.

If you wish to contact HDD directly to make your views known you can do so here:

For more information about the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group see their

website –

Facebook page –

Twitter –

Steering Group Committee Members:-
Cathy Gallagher, Chair of Steering Group ** Laurence O’Connor, Vice-Chair of Steering Group ** Pat Bowman, Chair of Telscombe Residents’ Association ** Christine Bowman, Secretary of Telscombe Residents’ Association ** Peter Seed, Resident & The Ramblers Volunteer ** Neil Watts, Local Community Worker ** David Judd, Resident of East Saltdean and Telscombe Town Councillor

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