Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 30 September 2015

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Executive Committee held on Wednesday 23 September 2015

SDNP/15/04122/CND: Variation of condition 11 attached to planning permission LW/10/1254/NP to reduce the length of free car parking from 3 hours to 1.5 hours. Aldi Stores Ltd Brooks Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the variation of the Section 106 agreement for the provision of three hours free community parking for shopping at the store and elsewhere in Lewes. It considers the existing condition should be maintained as any change will impact on car parking elsewhere in the town. The Society notes from the Car Park Duration and Customer Survey Analysis that on average four vehicles park longer than three hours each day. If parking restrictions were enforced this would free up spaces. It also suggests that additional capacity could be achieved by reviewing the poor layout of the existing car park with the aim of providing more spaces.

SDNP/15/04391/CND: Variation of condition 2 attached to planning approval LW/05/1982 to read “Vans requiring access to Rise Farm for business purposes in connection with Orange Badge Mobility Services may do so via the Stanley Turner Sports Ground and Kingston Road, Lewes. All other vehicle movements to and from Rise Farm must be made via alternative routes. Rise Farm Cockshut Road Lewes.
The Friends of Lewes Society objects to the removal of condition 2 attached to planning approval LW/05/1892. If this planning condition were to be removed, the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders using the lane would continue to be put at risk by the increased use of the Lane by private and commercial vehicles. Physical access restrictions, for example lockable bollards, should be installed to prevent unauthorised vehicular use, whilst maintaining free access to pedestrians and cyclists.


Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Weeks as at 8, 15, 22 and 29 September

Week as at 15 September

SDNP/15/04112/HOUS: Alterations to third floor to enlarge dormer window at front and relocate ensuite shower room. 2 Albion Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the use of uPVC on a listed building in the Conservation Area. Traditional materials should be used in accordance with Policy H3(c) of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

Week as at 22 September

SDNP/15/03986/HOUS: Replacement of south facing timber window with double glazed PVC. 3 Watergate Lane Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the replacement of an existing timber window with new uPVC. uPVC is not a traditional vernacular material and its use is unsuitable for buildings in the Conservation Area. It considers uPVC transoms and mullions are likely to be too thick for this long and narrow window. A traditional wooden window should be installed in keeping with the principles of Policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

SDNP/15/04120/FUL: Erection of a three bedroom dwelling on the land adjoining the end of Timberyard Lane. Hanover House Chandlers Wharf Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to this development, which is not in keeping with the area, contrary to policy ST3 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan. It considers the development should be seen in context with neighbouring buildings and those under construction, not in isolation. The provision of a second floor makes the building too tall. The Society is also concerned that the boundary shown on the application appears to include the access road; the publicity for the houses under construction showed this land as part of the landscaping. The Society is also disappointed to see that the walkway beside the river is not open to the public as it understood it was going to be.

SDNP/15/04123/FUL: Erection of a 2 bedroom dwelling. Land between 44 and 46 Morris Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the new dwelling and considers the proposal for a box house, square to the existing adjacent roof ridges to be unacceptable in the Conservation Area and contrary to policy H5 of the Lewes district Council Local Plan. In addition, the road is a cul-de-sac with no hammer head for turning. The existing gap in the terrace should be preserved for turning, on safety grounds.

SDNP/15/04352/HOUS: Creation of a room in roof with rear dormer window, front gable, and side rooflights, and erection of a single storey rear/side extension. 2 Cranedown Lewes East Sussex BN7 3NA.
Friends of Lewes object to the scale of the dormer and gable proposed as they are too big and bulky and do not complement the character of the existing property. The ridge of the gable and the roof of the dormer are shown as being level with the main ridge of the house and should be set lower down so that they sit well within the roof slope and are less dominant.

SDNP/15/04524/HOUS: Loft conversion incorporating dormer window at rear and rooflight at front. 1 Wellhouse Place Lewes.
Friends of Lewes object to the scale of the dormer which it considers is too big and does not complement the character of the existing property. The roof of the dormer is shown as being level with the main ridge of the house and should be set lower down so it sits well within the roof slope and is less dominant.

Week as at 29 September

SDNP/15/03428/FUL:Section 73A Retrospective application for amendment to planning permission SDNP/14/05841/FUL to replace fire escape and move stairs. Nationwide Building Society 59 High Street Lewes.
The Society objected to the scale and design of the fire staircase proposed in application SDNP/14/05841/FUL because it was a visually intrusive structure that was inappropriate in the conservation Area. The staircase as constructed is even bigger than the original proposed and an ugly addition to the building. The design and access statement for the current application makes no acknowledgement that the building falls within the Conservation Area. Section 2.5 of the statement fails to recognise the need for the development to meet the requirements of policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan with respect to the character and appearance of the area. The Society therefore maintains its objection and considers the amended scheme an inappropriate development in the conservation area which is contrary to policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.


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

SDNP/15/03756/ADV Yorkshire Building Society, Units 1 and 2, 34-36 Cliffe High Street.   New facia.
SDNP/15/15/03881/LIS 119 High Street.   Maintenance works and internal/external alterations.
SDNP/5/04058/HOUS 6 Dorset Road. Replace front door panels with glass.
SDNP/15/04081/FUL & 04581/LIS 83 High Street. Change use of part to A3 (Restaurant).
SDNP/15/04151/HOUS 36 Western Road. Demolish rear kitchen and store and replace with rear extension.
SDNP/15/03880/HOUS 40 Hereward Way. First floor extension to side and veranda extension to rear.
SDNP/15/04750/HOUS & 04161/LIS 94 High Street.   Change colour of shop fascia, render and window frames.
SDNP/15/04220/FUL 31 Western Road.   Change use to A1(Retail).
SDNP/15/04286/FUL 223 High Street. Replace windows with double glazed windows on first floor.
SDNP/15/04311/HOUS 34 Middle Way. Two storey extension.
SDNP/15/04370/FUL 96 Malling Street. Relocation of door and ATM. Install two condensers.
SDNP/15/04428/FUL 52 Cliffe High Street. Pitched roof first floor extension and terrace to form maisonette.
SDNP/15/04447/HOUS 27 Morris Road. Side/rear extension, dormer and roof lights.
SDNP/15/04477/HOUS Flat 14, Fairholme, Southover High Street.   Retain works to block up window on south elevation and enlarge window on east elevation.
SDNP/15/04506/HOUS 32 Hereward Way.   Garage conversion.
SDNP/15/04164/HOUS 4 Houndean Rise.   Entrance porch and enlarged staircase window.
SDNP/15/04146/FUL & 04147/LIS 210 High Street.   Two storey rear extension and internal alterations.
SDNP/15/04351/LIS 30 South Street.   Relocate WC and utility room.
SDNP/15/04572/CND Bell Lane Depot, Bell Lane.   Omit roof panels from approved development.
SDNP/15/04605/LIS & 04733/ADV Lewes House, 32 High Street.   Banner sign.
SDNP/15/04606/CND Ousedale House, Offham Road, Offham.   Retain mobile home.
SDNP/15/04878/HOUS 79 Court Road.   Replace wooden windows with UPVC.
SDNP/15/04726 Flat 10 Castle Court, Spences Lane. Replacement windows