Society objects to plans for South Street house

The following letter was sent by The Friends of Lewes to Lewes District Council on 23 February 2012 regarding an application to build a two-storey house in a striking and contemporary design at the end of South Street, Lewes. The site is in a prominent position, adjacent to Grade II Listed Wharf House – traditionally the “gateway to Lewes”.

The application would incorporate CorTen steel on the first floor which would weather to a red/ochre colour – the idea being to reflect the past industrial heritage of the area. Photo

To: PlanningLewes DC <>
Subject: LW/12/0037/NP South Street, Lewes

The Friends of Lewes object to this planning application.  Whilst we realise that LDC have previously given permission, contrary to our views, for a dwelling on this site, we consider that the current proposal directly conflicts with purpose 1 of the National Park Authority in that it does not enhance this gateway location when entering Lewes on the northbound A 26.  In addition the mass, height and outline of the building is incompatible with the location whilst we consider the use of CorTen steel alien to it.  We do not object to the demolition of the existing shed and believe that a more appropriate design could be found for a replacement building on the site.

Robert Cheesman

[Appendix– On 28 March 2012, the Lewes District Council Planning Committee unanimously rejected this application despite a recommendation for approval.]