Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 February 2019

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 February 2019

SDNP/18/06103/OUT: Outline approval for residential development comprising up to 226 dwellings with associated landscaping and parking, with access from Monks Way (All Matters Reserved except Access and Layout). Old Malling Farm Old Malling Way Lewes BN7 2DY.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because it fails to meet the requirements of Spatial Policy 4 – Old Malling Farm, Lewes in the adopted Lewes District Council/ South Downs National Park Joint Core Strategy. This requires that a Masterplan and a Design Brief must be approved by the local planning authority in advance of an application. No evidence has been submitted with the application that demonstrates the Masterplan and Design Brief have been approved by the planning authority. The Society considers full public consultation on the Masterplan and Design Brief is essential, before approval.

The Design Brief submitted with the application contains a wide range of illustrations and endeavours to establish some parameters for developing what is essentially a very difficult site that is clearly visible within the wider landscape setting. In particular, the suggestion that some parts of the site need to be kept clear of any development indicates that the site is not suitable as a housing site for Lewes. Furthermore, the prospect of over 200 houses having only one vehicular access at the most northern part of the site is considered to be unacceptable as it would result in a development based on a number of long ‘cul-de-sacs’.

The allocation of Old Malling Farm for development is currently under review as part of the Examination in Public of the South Downs Local Plan. The Society considers this application should not be determined until the Inspector’s report on this matter has been published.

Overall, as submitted the application is considered both inadequate and inappropriate for Lewes due to its remoteness from the town centre and other facilities and for the National Park which is seeking to promote landscape character in determining the suitability of sites for development.

SDNP/18/06615/REM: Reserved matters pursuant to permission SDNP/15/01146/FUL for Phases 2 & 3 consisting of the demolition of existing buildings, construction of flood defences, provision of infrastructure, enhancements to recreational facilities at Malling Fields and Pells Park, and the erection of new buildings up to 3 storeys comprising up to 173 residential units (Class C3) (Appearance and Landscaping to be considered). North Street Industrial Estate North Street.
Friends of Lewes support this application. The Society has been fully engaged with the consultation that has taken place on the design of phases 2 & 3 of the development and welcomes the outcomes. The changes that have been agreed as a result of the consultation process have been for the better and Friends of Lewes support the proposals.

SDNP/19/00086/HOUS: Proposed conversion of loft to habitable room with rear dormer window. 32 Queens Road.
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/19/00061/LDP: Creation of dormer to rear of property and conversion of roof space.
8 Fitzjohns Road.
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’. (This application was published in the weekly list but is now not available on the SDNPA web site which suggests it has been withdrawn.)


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

SDNP/18/05141/HOUS 5 Mount Place.   Flue pipe.
SDNP/18/05949/PA14J Sussex Police HQ, Malling House, Church Lane, South Malling.   Solar PV.
SDNP/18/06152/FUL 89 High Street.   Change of use to residential.
SDNP/18/06213/LIS 19 Keere Street.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/18/06301/HOUS 37 Priory Street.   New dormer and rooflight.
SDNP/18/06431/HOUS 22 Mountfield Road.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/18/06594/HOUS 33 Prince Edward’s Road.   Demolish conservatory and erect new single storey extension with terrace.
SDNP/19/00093/FUL The Stewards, The Motor Road, Old Racecourse.   Replace fencing.
SDNP/18/05648/ADV 35 Friars Walk.   Two fascia signs and A board.
SDNP/18/06391/HOUS 37 Abinger Place.   Detached single storey garden studio.
SDNP/18/06595/HOUS 16 Fisher Street.   Repair cladding, replace door and window.
SDNP/19/00053/HOUS 5 St Swithun’s Terrace.   Replace garden building.
SDNP/19/00088/LIS 2 Albion Street.   Enlarge lower ground floor kitchen.
SDNP/19/00084/FUL 151B High Street.   Change use to residential.
SDNP/18/06551/PA30 20-21 High Street.   Change use first floor to flats.
SDNP/19/00247/LDP 8 St John’s Hill.   Refurbish rear extension.
SDNP/19/00280/HOUS 79 Houndean Rise.   Convert garage, erect rear and side extension with dormer and garage-workshop with car port.
SDNP/18/06417/FUL Sackville House, Brooks Close.   Change use to orthodontist.
SDNP/19/00076/FUL 2 South Street.   Change use to restaurant.
SDNP/19/00381/FUL & 00382/LIS 65 High Street.   Over-clad render with tile hanging.
SDNP/19/00475/HOUS Meadow Barn, Landport Farm Road.   Convert barn to garage/workshop with annex.