Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 6 August 2015

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Thursday, 6 August 2015.

Planning applications as at 7, 14, 21 and 28 July and 4 August

As at 14 July

SDNP/15/03322/LIS: Repair and renewal of station roof and canopies. Lewes Railway Station, Station Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes commends the earlier renovations undertaken to this listed building which have been completed to a high standard. The Society therefore questions the use of polycarbonate roofing in the proposed renovation as it is not a material that would have been used originally. It suggests the use of alternative more appropriate traditional materials such as Georgian wired glass should be considered.

As at 21 July

SDNP/15/02885/HOUS: Replace three bay window frames at the front with UPVC windows. 19 St Annes Crescent, Lewes.
Friends of Lewes welcomes the improvements proposed but objects to the replacement of the existing uPVC windows with new uPVC windows. uPVC is not a traditional vernacular material and its use is unsuitable for buildings in the Conservation Area. Traditional timber sash windows should be installed in keeping with the principles of Policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

SDNP/15/03000/HOUS: First floor rear extension. 8 St James Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the design of the proposed first floor extension as it considers it an oversized and unattractive flat topped box structure that will be visible from the grounds of Southover School and from Grange Road. The design is not sympathetic to the surrounding buildings in the conservation area, contrary to policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

SDNP/15/03347/FUL: Upgrade internal layout of branch to meet requirements, new window advertisements, and relocation of external ATM machine. National Westminster Bank, 11 High Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes has no objection to the proposals but comments that the ATM is being relocated to part of the pavement in the High Street that is already congested with pedestrians waiting to use the pedestrian crossings. It is concerned that this is not the best location for an ATM.

As at 28 July

SDNP/15/02642/FUL: Erection of two bedroom detached house in place of existing garage accessed from Spences Lane (re-submission of SDNP/14/05352/FUL). 8 Hereward Way Lewes.
Friends of Lewes maintains its concerns that the proposed house is sited too close to existing houses and would result in overdevelopment. It objects to the sedum roof as it does not consider it is workable on a steeply sloping roof of the design proposed and will fail. The Society is also concerned that the proposed mix of brick, render and tile materials will not fit in with neighbouring buildings.

SDNP/15/02963/HOUS: Replacement of ground floor window (wood vertical slider with Georgian bar) and replacement hardwood front door. 53 Valence Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes has no objection to the proposed replacement hardwood front door. However, it objects to the design of the replacement window, which has been changed from that of the original and the loss of traditional glazing bars. The glazing bars proposed appear to be stuck onto the surface of the glass. The Society considers like for like traditional timber sash windows should be installed in the conservation area in accordance with policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

SDNP/15/03569/HOUS: Erection of first floor side extension over existing garage/kitchen. 13 Firle Crescent Lewes.
Friends of Lewes has no objection in principle to the first floor side extension proposed. It notes the use of sweet chestnut on the front elevation and questions whether hanging tile would be more appropriate, as used elsewhere. Sweet chestnut has a tendency to blacken in Lewes unlike other hardwoods which adopt a silvery finish.


The Committee examined the following applications and had no observations to make:

SDNP/15/03159/FUL & 03330/LIS The Old Bottling Works, Castle Precincts.   Convert part of building to C3 (holiday accommodation).
SDNP/15/03212/HOUS 12 St Peter’s Place.   Rear dormer, front rooflight and changes to rear windows.
SDNP/15/03240/HOUS 20 Hawkenbury Way.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/15/03284/HOUS 36 The Course.   Loft conversion with rear dormer and front roof light and removal of chimney stack.
SDNP/15/03023/HOUS 14 Ferrers Road.   Front extension.
SDNP/15/03323/HOUS 15 St Johns Terrace. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/15/03398/FUL Units 25 & 26, Cliffe Industrial Estate.   Create mezzanine floor.
SDNP/15/03303/HOUS 16 Horsfield Road.   Loft conversion and single storey rear extension.
SDNP/15/03396/HOUS 22 Hamsey Crescent.   Ground floor extension.
SDNP/15/03418/HOUS 30 Caburn Crescent.   Remove car port, garage, shed and greenhouse and construct side extension and separate building.   Modify side and rear including new windows, doors and rooflights.
SDNP/15/03470/HOUS & 03471/LIS The Red House, 26 Southover High Street.   Replace greenhouse.
SDNP/15/03560/LIS 7 Castle Banks.   Repairs including replacement glazing of windows and boiler and installation of loft hatch.
SDNP/15/03486/HOUS 18 Prince Edward’s Road.   Single storey front extension.
SDNP/15/03638/HOUS 3 Orchard Road.   Single storey side extension.
SDNP/15/03584/HOUS 120 South Street.   Rear single storey extension and alterations to rear doors and windows.