This is what gave birth to the Society and remains the significant aspect
which justifies the Society’s existence. It is fair that policy-makers (the
District Council, Parish Council and others) should willingly listen to the
views of a Society that has the basic aim of seeking to protect and enhance
the village and surrounding countryside. The Society responds to proposed
major changes to the village, to try to ensure that Newick remains as a
village, with a village character. Below are some of the matters in which we
- We joined the successful campaign in 2010 against the proposal for
"land raise" (waste disposal) on a field near the parish boundary at
- In 2011 an advisory leaflet on "Windows in Historic Buildings" was
distributed in the village, jointly with the Parish Council.
- We sent comments (2010-11) to the Lewes District Council on their
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).
- The Lewes District Council Local Plan Part 1, called the Joint Core
Strategy, was the basic policy document that required Newick to have 100
new houses. The Village Society commented on this, along with the Newick
Parish Council and 77 other respondents. The District Council’s summary
of this consultation exercise said "most of these
representations supported the approach put forward by the Newick Village
Society further commented upon the "Focussed Amendments" in July 2014
and then gave oral evidence at the public inquiry in January/February
2015 at the Amex Stadium, Falmer. The Society, in 2018, commented upon
Part 2 of the District Council’s Local Plan, called the "Site
Allocations and Development Management Policies."
- The Society played its part in the progress of the Newick
Neighbourhood Plan which was formally adopted by the District Council in
2015 and is now being implemented by the District Council.
- We have objected to proposed new housing estates on sites which are
additional to those shown in the Newick Neighbourhood Plan, such as the
Fairfax Acquisitions Ltd proposal for houses in Allington Road and
proposals by Thakeham Homes for large numbers of houses at Goldbridge
Road. We objected to the proposal for new houses at the Mitchelswood
Farm site in Allington Road and the Society gave evidence on that case
at the public inquiry in the village hall in February 2016.
We will continue to send written comments to the District Council and to
the Parish Council on the most significant planning applications in Newick.
A theme that has been repeatedly stated by the Society over the years is
that Newick has been greatly expanded already in the 1960/70s, which has
maintained/created a thriving community. We are not a dying village in need
of expansion. Further houses beyond the 100 figure referred to in the
Neighbourhood Plan would begin to urbanise the village. In commenting on the
District Council’s Local Plan part 2 in 2018, the Society said this:
May we urge you to include text in this Local Plan
Part 2 document to refer to the merits of a village and that continual,
unlimited "developer-led" expansion would mean that those merits of a
village could be lost. The Newick Village Society has consistently said over
the past years that new housing in the total District should be provided in
locations where there would be a benefit, rather than imposing housing upon
areas that do not need such population increases such as Newick.
We may be seeing in the future more new proposals by developers to build
on sites in Newick. As a Society, we will need to exert what influence we
can to ensure "the protection and enhancement of Newick village and