Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 January 2016

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Thursday, 7 January 2016.

Weekly lists as at 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2015

Weekly list as at 8 December 

SDNP/15/04123/FUL: Erection of a 1 bedroom dwelling. Land between 44 and 46 Morris Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes consider the revised design to be an improvement and welcomes the assurance by the applicant’s agent that the existing car turning space would not be adversely affected by this development. The revisions to the front elevation to provide a pitched roof and a ridge height no higher than that at No 44 are considered acceptable in principle. However, the development has a duty to respect the existing townscape which the wide, out of proportion first floor window fails to achieve. The Society therefore maintains its objection and suggests an alternative window design, as illustrated in the attached drawing, could be more acceptable.

SDNP/15/03997/HOUS: Reconstruction and widening of existing driveway to form an in-out drive in block paving. 15 Cranmer Close Lewes.
Friends of Lewes has no objection to the proposed development provided the driveway is constructed of permeable materials to manage surface water run-off.

SDNP/15/05868/HOUS: Section 73A retrospective application for the placement of a new balustrade around existing garage terrace. Dacres Kingston Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes is concerned that this development has been constructed contrary to condition 14 of planning permission granted under LW/10/1196/NP. This specifies that the roof area of the garage shall not be used as a balcony, roof garden or similar amenity area. The condition was made in the interest of residential amenity having regard to Policy ST3 of the Lewes District Local Plan. The Society considers that this remains the case and that the application should be refused.

Weekly list as at 15 December

SDNP/15/05381/HOUS: Roof extension, kitchen extension and internal alterations. 18 Morris Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the scale of the proposed rear dormer because it is too large and wide in relation to the existing roof. The proposed roofing materials are not specified and should be sympathetic to the character of the Conservation Area. It suggests zinc or lead should be used to accord with policy H5 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

SDNP/15/05374/FUL: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 6 residential units (class C3), 2 retail units (class A1) and 2 office units (class B1). 68-74 Malling Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes supports the principle of redeveloping this brownfield site to provide much needed residential housing in Lewes, and is happy with the density and scale of the proposal. The proposed design is unashamedly modern and has the potential to be a very interesting improvement to the existing Malling Street frontage, subject to careful detailing and good workmanship. However, the Malling Street elevations are out of keeping with the existing streetscape and the windows are too large for this prominent site at the eastern gateway to the town; for this reason we cannot support the scheme in its current form. The Society therefore objects to the current proposal but would welcome discussions on alternative designs.

SDNP/15/06041/FUL: Conversion of roof space including creation of new dormer window. 3 Downside Lewes.
Friends of Lewes commends the design of the new dormer window which fits well into the existing building.

Weekly list as at 22 December

SDNP/15/03890/ADV: Retention of new fascia signage. 2 High Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes has no objection to the retention of the new fascia signage but does object to retention of the illumination of the hanging sign. It considers this aspect to be inconsistent with the implementation of policy ST29 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan in the Conservation Area.

SDNP/15/04106/FUL: Redevelopment of the site to provide 10 no. Class C3 residential dwellinghouses. Waterside Centre North Street Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to this application, which is out of context and contrary to the wider redevelopment plan for the North Street Quarter granted planning consent in December 2015. In addition, the Society considers the proposed design to be inappropriate for the rural fringe of Lewes. It is a very unattractive design with excessive massing and density, contrary to policy ST3 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.


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

SDNP/15/05377/HOUS & 05378/LIS 62 Southover High Street.   Works including transformation of two sheds into garden room.
SDNP/15/05480/HOUS 2 Hill Road.   Two storey side and rear extensions.
SDNP/15/05756/FUL Moat Yard, Castle Ditch Lane.   Erect three bedroom dwelling.
SDNP/15/05841/FUL 27 Cross Way.   Retain single storey side extension.
SDNP/15/05381/HOUS 18 Morris Road.   Roof and kitchen extensions and internal alterations.
SDNP//15/05304/HOUS 134 High Street.   Garden studio.
SDNP/15/05927/FUL 5 De Warrenne Road.   Porch and sun room.
SDNP/15/06048/HOUS 40 Valence Road.   Ground floor extension and rooflights.
SDNP/15/06273/FUL & 06277/LIS Lower Ground Floor, 23 High Street.   Change use to residential.
SDNP/15/06228/FUL Waitrose, Eastgate Street.   Outdoor seating to front.
SDNP/15/06257/HOUS 18 Grange Road.   Single storey rear extension, new window and replacement of door with window.
SDNP/15/05807/FUL The Oaks, The Motor Road, Old Racecourse. Erection of fencing around part of former racecourse to allow horse grazing.


The following applications had already been approved:

SDNP/15/05793/HOUS 8 Hawkenbury Way. Rear facing dormer construction.    
SDNP/15/05746/FUL Land at Juggs Road.   Stables, hay/straw and equipment store.