Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 September 2017

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Friends of Lewes Executive Committee held on 16 August 2017

SDNP/17/03100/FUL: Construction of three blocks with 41 residential units (C3), new business floorspace (B1a/B1c) together with associated parking, external amenity space and landscaping. Land at Units 6-8 Brooks Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the loss of an important business site to mixed residential use. The Brooks Road area is one of the few good quality business areas in Lewes and is not an appropriate location for residential dwellings. Residents of the proposed development would be subject to noise and disturbance from adjacent businesses, including Tesco’s service yard which operates 24 hours a day. The development proposed would be contrary to paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework which requires the planning system to prevent new development from being put at unacceptable risk from noise pollution. Furthermore, the Society has concerns that, should permission be granted, Environmental Health legislation could require existing noise generating operations in adjacent commercial businesses to be curtailed, causing them to become economically unviable. The introduction of residential development to the area could also trigger the loss of further business space, adversely affecting the economy of the town. The Lewes Town Council Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan Site Assessment rejected this site for residential development because pre-application advice given in SDNP/16/03372/PRE and SDNP/15/03770/PRE did not support the principle of housing in a business area. The Society supports this assessment and in its response to the Neighbourhood Plan consultation has proposed that site should be used for a much needed coach park to support tourism. It therefore considers this planning application should be refused.

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 September 2017

Representations made to planning applications in weeks ending 8, 15, 22 and 28 August and 5 September 2017

Week ending 15 August

SDNP/17/03599/LIS: Refurbishment of sash windows and fitting of vertical sliding secondary glazing units. Top Floor Flat, Brack Mound House, Castle Precincts.
Friends of Lewes comment that the design of the secondary glazing horizontal transoms should coincide with those of the original window to minimise their visible impact.

SDNP/17/03713/FUL: New single family dwelling. 111 High Street.
Friends of Lewes commend the elegant design.

Week ending 22 August

SDNP/17/03739/HOUS: Loft conversion incorporating hip to gable extension, rooflights and dormer window. 55 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed loft conversion which destroys the symmetry of the house. The roof dormer is too large and out of proportion with the existing building.

Week ending 28 August

SDNP/17/03787/HOUS: Demolish existing rear outstand and erection of single storey extension and erection of flat roof dormer to the rear. 47 St John Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the scale of the proposed dormer. However, it comments that the proposed felt roofing material is inappropriate in the Conservation Area and zinc or lead should be used.

Week ending 5 September

SDNP/17/04188/HOUS: Replacement of timber windows and doors with UPVC window and doors, replacement bargeboards and facsia, new guttering and downpipe with UPVC. 1 Friars Mews Pinwell Road.
Although this is a modern end of terrace comprising houses of similar design, the group has integrity because it has been designed as a whole and through the use of consistent design motifs and materials. All the neighbouring houses have timber windows and the proposed use of uPVC windows will be discordant and inappropriate in the Conservation Area. The proposed sections are much thicker than the timber sections they are intended to replace and of a different profile. Friends of Lewes therefore object to this application.


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

SDNP/17/04039/FUL Lewes Library, Styles Field. Partial change of use.
SDNP/17/03738/HOUS 29 West Street. Replace rear extension.
SDNP/17/02005/HOUS 66 Western Road. Replace front dormer.
SDNP/17/03662/HOUS & 03663/LIS 25 Sun Street. Ground floor rear side infill extension.
SDNP/17/03836/LIS Strutt and Parker, Walwers Lane. Fibre optic broadband cabling.
SDNP/17/03891/HOUS 25 East Way. Loft conversion including side and rear dormers and rooflight.
SDNP/17/02521/FUL 2 The Meadows. Retain shed.
SDNP/17/03428/LIS 12 and 13 Keere Street. Remove and rebuild boundary wall.
SDNP/17/03576/HOUS 1 Old House Courtyard, Southover High Street. Replace roof,  new roof, porch and single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03621/HOUS 3 Pelham Terrace. Replace windows.
SDNP/17/04321/HOUS 8 Middle Way. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03768/FUL & 03769/LIS Flat 7, The Old Brewery, Thomas Street. Retain condensers and ASHP unit.
SDNP/17/03893/HOUS Rykehurst House, Rotten Row. Render garage and insert window to rear of garage.
SDNP/17/03915/HOUS 27 De Montfort Road. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03925/HOUS LIttle Antioch, Rotten Row. Convert garage to studio, new roof finish with rooflight, new door opening.
SDNP/17/03937/FUL 35 Friars Walk. Renew some windows, new door opening and path.
SDNP/17/04125/LIS 60 High Street. Internal alterations.
SDNP/17/04250/HOUS 37 Newton Road. Side and rear extension.
SDNP/17/04263/FUL Unit F2 Old Needlemakers. Part change of use to D1.
SDNP/17/04292/HOUS 27 St Anne’s Crescent. Rear dormer.
SDNP/17/04297/HOUS & 04298/LIS 119 High Street. Alterations to rear extension.
SDNP/17/04296/LIS 6 Montacute Road. New garage/workshop.
SDNP/17/04330/HOUS 28 Hereward Way. Replace conservatory.
SDNP/17/04133/ADV 60 High Street. Replace signage.