Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 April 2019

The following representations were made following the Executive Committee meeting held on 13 March 2019:

Meeting held on SDNP/19/00666/FUL: Erection of detached sustainable house with on-site parking. 207 High Street
Friends of Lewes do not object in principle to development of this site. The proposed design is honest and the form of the building interesting, building on vernacular forms in an appropriate modern idiom.  However, no levels are shown on the drawings submitted with the application that allow the height of the proposed development to be assessed against those of the surrounding buildings. A long section showing the relationship of the new development to numbers 204 to 207 should be provided in order enable the impact of the proposals to be judged when seen from the car park. The Society is concerned that the new building could be overbearing in relation to existing buildings.


Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 April 2019:

Week ending 11 March

SDNP/19/01100/FUL: Change of use of building from Class A1 (retail) to 4 residential units, associated vehicle parking, cycle parking, amenity space, refuse stores and landscaping together with external alterations to the building. 6 Station Street (Antiques Centre).
Friends of Lewes support the conversion of this building to residential use. The detailed design has been thoughtful and the Society is pleased that the iron railings to the front elevation will be reinstated.

SDNP/19/01139/HOUS: Proposed erection of cabin in the rear garden, ancillary to the use of the main dwelling. 6 Hill Road.
Friends of Lewes objects to this application because it has concerns that the proposed cabin is not ancillary to the use of the main dwelling and could be separated into a new dwelling, served by the existing access. The drawings have not been well prepared and provide inadequate details of the development proposed.

SDNP/19/01080/LIS: Replacement roof covering to main roof, like-for-like renewal of existing lead-lined parapet gutter to front and replacement of slated section of rear extension roof. 2 Keere Street.
Friends of Lewes support the renovations proposed.

Week ending 18 March

SDNP/19/01226/HOUS: Dormer window to rear roofslope. 18 Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the dormer which will be very visible from Harveys Way. The proposed dormer does not match the dormer of the neighbouring property and inclusion of a Juliette balcony is alien to the exiting roofscape and will look out of place. The proposal does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/19/01289/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion with new gable, rear dormer and rooflights to front roof slope. 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’. The design, which includes conversion of the roof to a gable end, will make the pair of semi-detached houses unsymmetrical and visually unbalanced.

Week ending 25 March

SDNP/19/01304/HOUS: Replacement of all double glazed wooden windows, excluding French windows, with wood grain effect UPVC windows. 3 Friars Mews Pinwell Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of wood grain effect uPVC windows in the conservation area. The replacement of timber framed windows with uPVC is considered to have a negative impact on the conservation area and the integrity of the row of terraced houses, which was designed and constructed with timber windows. Alternative, more appropriate materials and designs are available which should be used.

SDNP/19/01306/FUL: Renovation, repair and enhancement to property that has fallen into disrepair. 89 High Street.
Friends of Lewes welcome and support the proposals to repair and renovate this prominent listed building in Lewes High Street. The Society commends the way in which the work proposed has been clearly explained in the application.


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

SDNP/19/01024/HOUS & 01025/LIS 20 Friars Walk.   Screen and gate in rear courtyard , new front door, repoint brickwork, vent grille, replace clear with obscured glass in rear window and internal alterations.
SDNP/19/1116PA14 Tesco Supermarket.   Solar PV array.
SDNP/19/01155/HOUS 17 Spences Lane.   Convert garage to room.
SDNP/19/00518/FUL 47 Western Road.   Partial change of use to include cafe.
SDNP/19/00807/FUL & 01242/LIS Castlegate House, Castle Precincts.   Retain shed.
SDNP/19.101180/HOUS 37 C 37D and 37E, South Street.   Replace windows and front doors and convert loft with rear dormer.
SDNP/19/01189/HOUS 2 St Swithun’s Terrace.   Loft conversion with rear dormer and front rooflight.
SDNP/19/01244/HOUS 12 Hill Road.   Single storey rear extension with alterations to windows.
SDNP/19/01285/LDP 19 Hereward Way.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/19/01299/HOUS 47 North Way.   Remove garage, two storey side extension, single storey rear and front extensions.
SDNP/19/01302/LIS 77 High Street.   Internal works and relocate stairs.
SDNP/19/01252/LIS 1b 69 High Street.   Roof insulation.
SDNP/19/01307/LIS 89 High Street.   Renovation and repairs.
SDNP/19/01387/HOUS 13 North Way.   Replace extension and new porch.