Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 January 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 January 2021: 

SDNP/20/04725/FUL: Change of use of the club house (D2) together with the formation of additional floors with raised roof to form two dwellings (C3) and associated works. Lewes Working Mens Club Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed development. The design of the raised roof is out of scale and insensitive in relation to the existing building. Contrary to what is stated on the application form the Society has been unable to find details of the materials proposed for the walls and roof. The Society also notes that the development lies within Flood Zone 3 and the flood risk assessment required has not been provided. The Society considers the application fails to meet the requirements of the SDNPA Local Validation List.

SDNP/20/05012/HOUS: Installation of PV panels behind parapet wall of cottage, to barn roof and to flat roof of modern rear of property. Yew Tree Cottage 62 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes have supported and commended the high quality renovation of Yew Tree Cottage. The Society has no objection to the PV panels at the rear of the property on the modern extension. However, it objects to the panels on the barn roof elevation that faces Southover High Street. The panels will be clearly visible from the street and contrary to principles of the adopted Lewes Conservation Area Management Plan which looks for all works to be conceived with specific regard to the character and appearance of the conservation area. Works should echo and reinforce those characteristics of the buildings, townscape and public realm of Lewes which make a positive contribution to the town and its local distinctiveness. PV panels in this location clearly do not and considering the work done in repairing the roof and retiling it, it would be unfortunate to now hide it under panels and in so doing, negate the contribution that this building gives to the streetscape. The Society is also not convinced that the PV panels behind the front parapet wall of the main roof of the listed building will not be visible from the street, particularly from the raised pavement opposite. It is concerned that the panels and their associated infrastructure will also be visible when looking at the east elevation of the property from the street, because the parapet does not extend around the side of the property. The proposed development is therefore considered to be contrary to Development Management Policy SD13: Listed Buildings, and Development Management Policy SD15: Conservation Areas of the South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/20/05325/HOUS: Application of insulating render to upper half east elevation to the roofline. 3 Spital Road.
Whilst recognising the challenges in finding a practical solution to the water penetration of this building Friends of Lewes comment that it is disappointed that the flint elevation to the property will be lost.

SDNP/20/05338/FUL: Replacement windows with slimline double glazed double hung sash windows, removal/replacement of broken tiles and reinstallation of mathematical tiling to the front facade, downpipe, render and leadwork.  2 Mount Pleasant.
Friends of Lewes are disappointed that the applicant, Lewes District Council, appears to have commenced and completed work before planning consent is granted. As the local authority responsible for planning control in Lewes such action sets a very poor example to the public.  The Society has no objection to the replacement windows provided they are wooden. Details of the materials were not given in the application.

SDNP/20/05392/HOUS: Erection of single storey side and rear extension and loft conversion with side and rear dormer windows. 15 Cross Way.
Friends of Lewes do not object to the ground floor extension. However, the Society objects to the oversize loft conversion. The dormer is too large and the extension to the hipped roof unbalances the whole building to the detriment of the wider street scene. The development is contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note.

SDNP/20/05417/HOUS: Proposed single storey rear extension with timber decking; part first floor front extension over existing flat roof; loft conversion including hips to gable roof extension and nominal raising of existing ridge height; alterations to front and rear existing elevations; relocation of vehicular access drive and closing up of existing drive. 6 Southdown Avenue.
Friends of Lewes comment that the changes to the roof will materially diminish the style of the existing property particularly the detailing to the front elevation.

SDNP/20/05577/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion and single storey rear extension. 85 Spences Lane.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which is too high and wide, contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note.

SDNP/20/05616/HOUS: Loft conversion with side dormer. 13 Ferrers Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which is contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note. The box dormer is full width, at ridge level and extends to the frontage of the building, which distorts the symmetry of the house.


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

SDNP/20/05432/LIS Malling House, Church Lane, South Malling.   Replace sash unit on first floor window.
SDNP/20/05466/LIS Southover Old House, Southover High Street.   Internal insulation to school room extension.
SDNP/20/05491/HOUS 38 Valence Road.   Replacement side infill extension.
SDNP/20/05500/HOUS Single storey rear extension, new front porch and part conversion of outbuilding.
SDNP/20/005287/LIS 2 The Vaults, Fuller’s Passage.   Concrete lintel and infilling of mortar gaps and fissures.
SDNP/20/04995/HOUS 7 St Michael’s Terrace.   Rear extension with extended rear platform.
SDNP/20/05096/HOUS 32 Windover Crescent.   Single storey rear and side extension.
SDNP/20/05103/LIS 10-11 Top Floor Flat, Priory Crescent.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/20/05111/LIS 74-74 High Street.   Strip out in basement and roof void for survey and instal new gas meter and stove.

Planning Application Approved