Egrets Way Planning Update

Update: November 2019. 

From Neville Harrison, Chair of the Egrets Way project to Guy Reynolds, Chair of Cycle Seahaven

“A few weeks ago I wrote to let you know the good news of a substantial funding award of £250k from Lewes District Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Now for a second time supporters of the Egrets Way Project have been given good reason to celebrate. We have recently been informed that our bid for an additional £113,000 of CIL funds from the South Downs National Park Authority has been approved. 

Together, these grants will now make it possible to get work started on the route from Newhaven to Piddinghoe early in the New Year.  The required planning permission and landowners’ agreements in principle for allowing access to their land along the River Ouse had already been secured in early 2019 as these had to be in place for the bids to be submitted to both Authorities for CIL funding. 

Now the process of securing formal legal agreements from the landowners and developing the construction specification may begin.  If all goes well, the Egrets Way network of routes will have an additional 1.1km of surfaced path in 2020.

So once again I want to thank you for your letter of support which has clearly made an important contribution to the outcome of these bids.”



The Egrets Way project have applied for planning permission at two locations:

  1. to create a link from Railway Lane (just off Cliffe High Street, Lewes) through the Railway Lands past the Linklater Pavilion, and on to Ham Lane. This will join up to an existing section of Egrets Way that goes from Kingston, past Spring Barn Farm, through the Stanley Turner ground, along Ham Lane to The Cockshut, and on to the Lewes waste disposal site;
  2. to create a link through Piddinghoe village using existing footpaths along the river bank. This take the route past the boathouse and onto the newly-laid footpath and round the sailing pond. The new section of footpath retains its No Cycling status, so we will need to walk this bit.

The full planning application (SDNP/17/05291/FUL) is available on the South Downs National park website HERE, or you can jump directly to this planning application be clicking HERE.

Finding a route through Piddinghoe has proven to be tricky for many years, so we urge everyone who wishes to see a flat, traffic-free walking and cycling route between Newhaven and Lewes to support this proposal. There are already some objections to these plans, so every letter of support will help secure the next steps in achieving the whole route.

There are a few ways in which you can show your support:

  1. log into the SDNP site (you will need to set up an account) and go HERE then click on the button ‘Make a comment’ to leave support as a member of the public;
  2. use the form at the bottom of this page to leave comments which we will collate and add as part of the club’s formal response.

This is very short notice and we only have till noon on Friday 5th Jan, so please do it now.

Thanks in advance.

If you don’t use the SDNP website to leave comments then please use this one –
This option has now lapsed. You have until the end of Friday 5th jan to use the above links to leave your support.

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Pointers for supporting comments:

  1. when completed Egrets Way will be a flat, traffic -free route from Newhaven to Lewes;
  2. suitable for kids and the less able, as well as cycle commuters between Lewes, Peacehaven (via Valley Road and Dean’s Farm) and Newhaven;
  3. it will link up –
    • our  International sea port to our county town;
    • the villages all along the West bank of the Ouse: Pidinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Northease Swanbourough, Iford, Kingston and Cranedown;
    • the South Downs Way, pubs, farm shops, wildlife areas, the Railway Lands & Linklater Pavillion;
    • rail stations at Newhaven, Southease and Lewes (meaning you can get the train for part of the way if you wish).

Click HERE for more on the Egrets Way project.

Click HERE for the Egrets Way website


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