Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 5 May 2016, including representations made after the Executive Committee meeting of 18 May 2016

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Executive Committee held on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

SDNP/16/01618/FUL: Erection of 9 Residential Dwellings with adjoining outdoor space, car parking and associated works. Court Road Car Park Court Road Lewes East Sussex.
The Friends of Lewes have considered this planning application.  When the former Magistrates Court was operational this site was used as a private car park for the Court.  The Society hoped it would continue in that capacity for the Premier Inn and its representations on that planning application SDNP/14/01650/FUL included a request that this should happen.  When the South Downs National Park Authority determined this planning application they took advice from East Sussex County Council on parking issues and decided that as the Premier Inn parking requirements would largely be overnight when more public parking is available and as other evolving proposals in the town would provide additional public parking, none needed to be provided in connection with the Premier Inn. Whilst the Society was disappointed at this decision, and as the owner of the site now under consideration is not prepared to make it available for parking, the Society recognises that this matter cannot be pursued through the current planning application.

The use of the site for housing is predicated in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment whilst the construction of 9 houses will go towards meeting the total number of houses which the town of Lewes is expected to provide in the period of the Lewes District/South Downs National Park Authority’s Core Strategy.  With regard to design the proposed development is a well-considered scheme that, subject to good detailing, will enhance this corner site and the adjoining housing into the overall townscape.  It supports the change of scale that makes the centre of the terrace higher than the wing ends and the way in which the building turns the corner.  Materials, fenestration and the silhouette are all considered to be good and the provision of garden and parking space for the occupants of the houses is supported.

Subject to these comments the Friends of Lewes has no objections to this planning application.


Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Thursday, 5th May 2016.

Weekly lists as at 12, 19 & 26 April & 3 May 2016

Weekly list as at 19 April

SDNP/16/01458/ADV: Erection of external signage. The Courthouse Friars Walk Lewes East Sussex.
Friends of Lewes recognise that the proposals for signage are relatively modest, given the scale of the building. However, it considers the signage proposed fails to respect the building’s context within the Lewes Conservation Area and its impact on the wider street scene. The Society objects to all internally illuminated signage in the application, which it considers would be harmful to the character and appearance of the Lewes Conservation Area. It would raise no objection to the external illumination of signs by spotlights. The Society has no objection to the small projecting roundels or the horizontal panel at the hotel entrance provided they are of solid painted wood or metal; not plastic. It considers that both the wordmark and roundel should be omitted from the Friars Walk and Court Road elevations. The proposed signage, by virtue of its size and the materials proposed would result in an obtrusive building frontage that would have an appreciable adverse impact on the building and surroundings, being harmful to the character an appearance of the Lewes Conservation Area. The Society therefore considers the application should be refused as the signage proposed is contrary to policies ST3 and ST29 of the Lewes District Local Plan; and advice contained within the Lewes District Council’s Planning Advice Note ‘Shopfronts and Advertisements in Lewes’.

SDNP/16/01566/HOUS: Room in roof with dormer window to rear and roof lights to front. 32 Abergavenny Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objects to the scale of the proposed dormer because it is too large, too wide, extends to the ridge and undermines the proportions, balance and overall character of the row of terraced houses, contrary to policy ST3 of the Lewes District Council Local Plan.

Weekly list as at 26 April

SDNP/16/01467/FUL: Demolition of existing house and detached garage and construction of four terraced houses with integral garages. 1 Orchard Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the principle of the demolition of one house to create space for four three bedroom houses. The proposed houses are quite spacious and make good use of the space that is available, with each house provided with its own dedicated outdoor space and garaging. However, the Society has reservations about whether a development of this scale is appropriate at this location and the impact that it would have within the neighbourhood setting. It has particular concerns about the visual impact of a three storey flat roofed block when viewed from the north along Orchard Road. Furthermore, such a block would be visible from Mayhew Way and a number of other local viewpoints. It urges the developer to work harder to achieve a more interesting profile / silhouette.

Weekly list as at 3 May

SDNP/16/01310/FUL: Erection of a 1 bed dwelling (re submission of SDNP/15/04123/FUL). Land between 44 and 46 Morris Road Lewes.
Friends of Lewes objected to the design of the front elevations in application SDNP/15/04123/FUL. The Society’s concerns have been addresses by the developer in the resubmission and it has no objection to the revised design.

SDNP/16/01910/HOUS: Removal of existing timber windows and replacement with white wood grain PVCu windows and replacement of existing timber eaves fascias and soffits with white PVCu. 1 Foundry Terrace Foundry Lane Lewes.
Friends of Lewes object to the replacement of timber windows with PVCu in the Conservation Area. The existing timber windows were approved materials under Condition 7 of the original planning application LW/99/0781 ‘to protect and enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area’. This remains the case and no justification has been provided in the application for a change in materials. PVCu profiles are very thick compared to their timber equivalents and are inappropriate in the context of other buildings in the area and those adjacent to the property. The Society has concerns that, if approved, it will encourage further ‘PVCu creep’ in the Conservation Area.


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

SDNP/16/01197/HOUS 5 Wheatsheaf Gardens.   Retain flue.
SDNP/16/01322/LIS Town Hall, High Street.   Re-roofing.
SDNP/16/01325/LIS Lower Ground Floor, 23 High Street.   Change of use to residential.
SDNP/16/01392/FUL 8-9 Southdown Place.   Change use to two x two-bedroom dwellings.
SDNP/16/01393/HOUS 53 Old Malling Way.   Ground and first floor rear extension.
SDNP/16/01361/HOUS Wenham, Kingston Road.   Remove shed and erect garden studio.
SDNP/16/01390/HOUS 53 Queens Road.   Single storey side and rear extension, loft conversion, dormer, roof lights and new front porch.
SDNP/16/01931/HOUS 30 Hawkenbury Way.   Demolish conservatory and shed and erect rear-side flat roof extension.
SDNP/16/01273/LIS 17 East Street.   Demolish and rebuild garden wall.
SDNP/16/01422/JPIS & 01423/LIS 20 Lansdown Place.   Refurbish kitchen extension.
SDNP/16/01450/HOUS & 01451/LIS 12 Sun Street.  Side/read single storey extension and new roof to rear extension.
SDNP/16/01466/HOUS 27 Caburn Crescent.   Two storey side extension and part single storey front extension to replace garage and store.
SDNP/16/01525/HOUS 84 Prince Edward’s Road.   Roof light.
SDNP/16/01366/ADV 1 High Street.   Retain fascia and hanging sign.
SDNP/16/01036/FUL 22 Hamsey Crescent.   Ground floor extension.
SDNP/16/01191/HOUS 6 St John’s Terrace.   Chimney repairs.
SDNP/16/01570/HOUS 75 Western Road.   Repainting.
SDNP/16/01685/LIS 23 Friars Walk.   Lower ground alterations and replacement window.
SDNP/16/01697/FUL Waitrose, Eastgate Street.   Trolley shelter.
SDNP/16/01698/HOUS 9 Valence Road.   Outbuilding.
SDNP/16/01734/HOUS 7 The Avenue.   Demolish garage and create parking area and new steps.