Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 2 July 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 2 July 2020: 

SDNP/20/01827/HOUS: Replacement of the existing first floor living room wooden french doors with UPVC wood effect two panel sliding doors.  1, 2 & 3 Friars Mews Pinwell Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of uPVC materials in the Conservation Area. The Society has no objection to the change in design of the patio doors and welcomes the coordinated replacement by the owners of the three properties.

SDNP/20/00338/FUL: Replacement of 8 x floodlight masts and lighting. The Dripping Pan Mountfield Road.
Friends of Lewes welcome the more slender and less obtrusive masts and lighting clusters that are designed to avoid light intrusion to the adjacent housing and address the SDNPA dark skies policy. The Society comments that their use outside match events should be carefully managed to minimise light pollution.

SDNP/20/01908/HOUS: Extended driveway with new gate, alteration / modification of garage with new roof, new garden steps and handrail, and associated landscaping. Sunnymead Rotten Row.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposals but are unhappy that work appears to be already in progress. It comments that the vehicle access is not shown on the proposed elevations and considers porous surfacing materials should be used to mitigate surface water run-off.

SDNP/20/01378/HOUS: Demolition of existing garage and replacement with a garden office 3m x 6m. 1A Middle Way.
Friends of Lewes object to this application as it provides inadequate information with respect to plans, layout, construction and materials.

SDNP/20/02078/LIS: Internal alterations to include removal of ground floor partition, creation of hot water cupboard and upgrade existing internal door and external repair works to chimney.  27 Keere Street.
Friends of Lewes are unhappy that the work appears to be already in progress.

SDNP/20/02095/LIS: Removal of loadbearing ground floor partition between the lounge and dining room. 11 Albion Street.
Friends of Lewes are unhappy that the work appears to have already been completed and the application is retrospective. .

SDNP/20/01687/HOUS: Porch to front elevation and new drive and hard standing.  15 Church Lane South Malling.
Friends of Lewes object to the materials proposed for the new drive and hardstanding which should be porous to mitigate surface water run-off.

SDNP/20/00245/CND: Section 73A retrospective application for the variation of condition 1 (plans) relating to planning approval SDNP/17/06391/FUL. Land West of Pipe Passage.
Friends of Lewes maintain their objection to this application because it remains unclear what is actually proposed to mitigate the breach of planning consent.  The Society is unable to support a proposal to simply screen what has been built by planting. It remains of the view that the building should be reduced in height to that consented, but recognises that this may not be realistic. The Society considers it is essential that the structures are stained dark to reduce the visual impact of the buildings on this very sensitive part of the Conservation Area.  It has guided the owners towards specialist consultants who can advise on this aspect of the development, which is achievable and a deadline should therefore be set for its completion. Further screening with planting is supported but the Society has major reservations about if and how it can be delivered effectively and how its future maintenance can be guaranteed.


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

SDNP/20/02182/HOUS 114 High Street.   Replace gutter, repaint front render and front windows.
SDNP/20/02287/HOUS 2 Deanery Close.   Single storey ground floor rear extension.
SDNP/20/00860/LIS 13 Southover High Street.   Replace three rear casement windows.
SDNP/20/01844/FUL Southover C of E. Primary School, Potters Lane. New and replacement gates and fences.

Planning Application Approved