Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 3 January 2019

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 3 January 2019

SDNP/18/05782/ SDNP/18/06120/LIS: Proposed extension of existing flue to rear of building.  18 Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes consider the proposed flue extension that would hug the roof slope of the rear projection to be visually unacceptable. The Society objects to the proposal and suggests a simple vertical extension of the existing flue to eaves level might be less intrusive.

SDNP/18/04511/HOUS: Proposed two storey side extension.  4 Pellbrook Road.
There was insufficient information available on the SDNPA web site for the Friends of Lewes to understand the scope of the proposed works. The plans made available do not provide adequate information and the application form, which would give details of the materials to be used, was not published. The Society objects to the application because the SDNPA Local Validation List requirements have not been met.

SDNP/18/05647/FUL: Change of use from B1 to D1 Health Centre; ‘The Unity Centre’. Installation of sign above entrance, new lighting above entrance, alteration to rear entrance with associated ramp, closure of existing access to Styles Field and restore access to Broomans Lane. 35 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the change of use from B1 to D1 Health Centre. However, it objects to the proposed shed which although described as temporary is not supported by information that justifies its provision or quantifies how long it is required. The shed does not fit in with the existing building or the surrounding Conservation Area and will be visible from both Styles Field and Broomans Lane.  Furthermore, the Society comments that insufficient details of the proposed signage have been provided and further details of the sign and its construction are required.

SDNP/18/06086/HOUS: Construction of two single storey side extensions and alterations to fenestration.  1 Castle Banks.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed development but comments that details of the windows and doors to be installed have not been provided with the application. It considers these details should have been provided as the development is within the Conservation Area.

SDNP/18/06419/HOUS: Loft conversion with rear dormer. 15 Glebe Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed dormer which is too large and does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/18/05444/FUL: Redevelopment of allocated housing land from ‘former auction rooms’ into ten residential units comprising two no. two-bed split-level apartments, four no. three-bedroom houses and four no. four-bedroom houses.  Garden Street Auction Rooms Garden Street.
The Friends of Lewes support the redevelopment of this brownfield site for housing provision. However, it OBJECTS to this proposal as the design is considered to be both inappropriate and overdevelopment on this important site in the centre of Lewes.  The Society is disappointed that after meeting the applicants on site they did not take on board any of the points made to them.

Of serious concern is the lack of consideration of the relationship of the proposals within their immediate townscape context and in particular with the neighbouring housing development in Tanners Brook and the need to relate to the Garden Street frontage with its significant change of levels. In this respect, the proposed four storey development at the lowest part of the site close to Tanners Brook is considered to be unacceptable.

It is suggested that the proposed development should take account of the change of levels along the Garden Street frontage and be designed so that pedestrian access can be gained to the individual housing units from Garden Street, thus making a positive contribution to the local streetscape. Furthermore, the curved shape of the housing units has resulted in a number of ‘awkward’ spaces within the overall site plan which would be both difficult to construct and to maintain.

Whilst a number of sections have been included in the planning submission, a plan illustrating where these relevant sections have been taken has not been included and as a result the drawings are difficult to interpret accurately. Indeed, the scale of the proposed buildings and hence their likely impact on the adjacent townscape is difficult to assess as the neighbouring buildings and in particular the houses in Tanners Brook, seem to have been drawn at an excessively large scale.

The Society considers the development proposed to be contrary to Policies ST3 (Design, Form and Setting of Development) and H5 (Development within or affecting Conservation Areas of the Lewes District Local Plan and the aims of the NPPF.


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

SDNP/18/04408/LIS 70 North Street.   Replace/extend flue.
SDNP/18/04250/HOUS 18 The Avenue.   Extend patio, erect terrace wall, shed/garden office and decking.
SDNP/18/05621/HOUS & 05738/LIS 11 Keere Street.   Rear garden room, remove chimney stack and internal partitions, new opening in rear ground wall.
SDNP/18/05076/LIS Castle Precincts Cottage, Castle Precincts.   Replace guttering and roof repairs.
SDNP/18/05606/FUL 39 South Street.   Replace windows.
SDNP/18/06269/HOUS 1 Downside.   Ground and first floor rear extension, internal alterations and new front window.
SDNP/18/05389/LIS 77 High Street.   New electric and gas meters.
SDNP/18/06246/HOUS 31 St John Street.   Replace doors and windows.
SDNP/18/06041/HOUS 55 The Avenue.   Single storey rear-side extension, remove section of wall.
SDNP/18/06122/HOUS 52 Middle Way.   Two storey side extension and rear decking.
SDNP/18/06123/ADV Waitrose, Eastgate Street.   Internally illuminated freestanding LED display.
SDNP/18/06563/LIS 151B High Street (is actually in Pipe Passage). Change of use to residential.
SDNP/18/06368/HOUS & 06369/LIS 15 Albion Street.   Alter rear garden wall and extend front parking bay.
SDNP/18/06376/LIS Thebes Annexe, 32 High Street.   Basin/vanity unit.