Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 November 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 November 2020: 

SDNP/20/03687/HOUS: Replacement of single glazed windows to the front of the house with wooden framed double glazing. 16 Eastport Lane.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the wooden window frames proposed. The original windows have integral glazing bars as part of their design. The proposed replacements have dummy glazing bars attached to the double glazing units which is unacceptable in the conservation area.

SDNP/20/04088/HOUS: Erection of single story side extension and loft conversion with rear roof dormer, and replacement of existing pvc doors and windows with white aluminium windows and doors. 24 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed box dormer which is excessively large, extends above the ridge and does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’. The design, which includes altering the hipped roof to a gable end, will destroy the symmetry of the pair of semi-detached houses and unbalance the whole building. Although there are already some large box dormers in Winterbourne Close they are to the rear elevations and are not visible from the street. This development will be very visible from Winterbourne Lane at the junction with Delaware Road to the detriment to the existing street scene.

SDNP/20/04231/HOUS: Single storey rear extension. 17 Fitzgerald Road.
Friends of Lewes comments that the extension appears to be oversized and out of place in the context of the existing block of terraced houses.

SDNP/20/04273/HOUS: Conversion / re-roof/ refurbishment of existing flat roofed garage into new utility and family room/home office linked to main house by narrow flat roofed extension strip and new pitched roof to garage. Existing conservatory to have new lead/ composite slate roof. 1 Juggs Close.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed development but comment that the street scene would be enhanced if the detailing of the brickwork surrounding the existing windows of the front elevation is replicated in the new window.

SDNP/20/04388/HOUS & SDNP/20/04389/LIS: New window and internal alterations.  2 Lansdown Place.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposals but comment that nowhere in the application does it state that timber windows will be used. This should be confirmed.

SDNP/20/04532/HOUS: Hip to gable roof conversion with dormer to the rear. 3 Clare Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed box dormer which is excessively large and does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’. The design, which includes altering the hipped roof to a gable end, will make the pair of houses unsymmetrical and visually unbalanced. It would be out of character in this street of low single storey buildings.

SDNP/20/03019/ADV: Installation of 1 x externally illuminated facia sign, 1 x double sided pictorial sign with bracket and lights, 1 x new amenity board, 2 x new chalkboards, 1 x new lantern and 10 x new 30w LED floodlights.  The Kings Head 9 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed floodlighting as the application fails to demonstrate that Strategic Policy SD8: Dark Night Skies of the South Downs National Park Local Plan will be met. This requires development proposals to conserve and enhance the intrinsic quality of dark night skies and demonstrate that all opportunities to reduce light pollution have been taken.  Proposals must ensure that the measured and observed sky quality in the surrounding area is not negatively affected, having due regard to a hierarchy that avoids the installation of lighting or if it cannot be avoided is demonstrated to be necessary and appropriate. The application contains no statement of justification for outside lighting, drawings showing luminaire mounting details, an explanation of how glare control is addressed, whether the colour temperature of the light sources complies with SDNPA requirements  of </= 3000 degree K or the lumen output and light distribution of the luminaires. In addition the application fails to demonstrate that the design complies with best practice ie. Institute of Lighting Professionals (ILP) guidance GN01:2011 Guidance Notes for the

Reduction of Obtrusive Light, and SDNPA Technical Advice. Furthermore the Society objects to external floodlighting of commercial buildings in the Conservation Area, which is detrimental to the wider street scene.

SDNP/20/04712/LIS: Retrospective application for the retention of private artist studio at Pipe Studios, Pipe Passage with repairs and flashing works to adjacent walls, including the listed Town Wall: Pipe Studios Pipe Passage.
Friends of Lewes comment that the capping on the town wall looks visually acceptable. The aluminium capping in Pipe Passage is less successful and a softer soil and vegetation capping as promoted by Historic England would be preferred. The Society considers conditions are required that prevent future change of use from an artist studio.


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

SDNP/20/03615/LIS 13 Keere Street. Replacement and repair work.
SDNP/20/04085/HOUS 23 Houndean Rise. Two storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/04144/LIS 204 High Street. Reposition and install new boiler and flue.
SDNP/20/04216/LIS 197 High Street. Alterations to approved new build.
SDNP/20/04300/HOUS 3 St Andrew’s Place. Second bathroom in approved rear extension.
SDNP/20/04468/LIS 39-40 High Street. Remedial work due to flood damage.
SDNP/20/04473/HOUS 43 Houndean Rise. Garage conversion and loft conversion with front and side rooflights and 2 new dormers.
SDNP/20/02745/FUL Howard Cottage, Broomans Lane. Change use from A2 to C3 (residential).
SDNP/20/04128/HOUS 3 St Nicholas Lane. Replace single glazed windows with double glazed.

Planning Application Approved