Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 2 September 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 2 September 2021: 

SDNP/21/03582/HOUS: Single storey rear and side extension. 9 Delaware Road.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because it will result in over-development of the site. The front elevation incorrectly omits the wedge shaped side extension.

SDNP/21/03533/HOUS: single storey rear and side extension. Loft conversion with hip to gable and rear dormer. 35 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the box dormer which is too large, too high and too wide, contrary to the Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes. The hip to gable conversion unbalances the pair of semi-detached houses.

SDNP/21/03960/HOUS: Single story rear and side extension. 3 Hamsey Crescent.
Friends of Lewes comment that that the proposal incorrectly describes the application as a single storey extension. It is in fact a two storey extension.

SDNP/21/03284/PRE: Demolition of existing buildings and construction of mixed-use gateway redevelopment scheme (including office/retail use and 50 residential units) together with landscaping, parking and cycle parking. Bus Station Eastgate Street.
Friends of Lewes do not object to the principle of redevelopment of the redundant bus station buildings but would strongly object to any application for development that removes the bus station without a planning obligation that guarantees the provision of a replacement, either on site or elsewhere. A central bus interchange provision is crucial if the Government’s call for increased reliance on increased use of public transport is to be met.

The Society considers the development proposed to be completely out of scale for this site. The buildings would dominate the whole of this central area of Lewes while not providing any benefit.  The proposed residential element is badly planned and would generate excessive additional traffic in a very sensitive part of the conservation area.

If the bus station is removed, Eastgate Street should be looked at in a much more constructive way. The new development should be built right up to the pavement line and take the opportunity to fill in the gap and visually link East Street and Eastgate Street. Friends of Lewes would strongly object to any proposals for a ‘gateway building’, which are unnecessary. A simple terrace of buildings is required, three stories high maximum, possibly with pitched roofs. Retail should be provided at street level for vitality with residential above and amenity space at the back. Appropriate materials, meticulous detailing and careful construction are essential. A design that embraces the SDNPA Draft Design Guide could deliver a development of which we can all be proud and which makes a positive contribution to the historic Lewes town landscape and the wider National Park. The redevelopment plans have generated a lot of local interest in the town and the Society would encourage the developer to engage in a public consultation over their plans.

This application has highlighted the lack of a coherent traffic plan for Lewes and the need for a public transport hub for the town, which links to the railway station. Friends of Lewes looks to the SDNPA to progress such a plan, which would guide developers and enable Lewes residents and visitors to reduce car journeys and maximise their take up of public transport.

SDNP/21/04001/FUL: Existing single glazed timber unit/dormer to the north of the property to be replaced with double glazed brown uPVC window unit and replace the existing metal external finish with new uPVC brown shiplap cladding. Existing timber louvre in the hipped roof to the East of the property to be replaced with new uPVC brown shiplap cladding. 26 Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of brown uPVC for cladding and windows, which is an inappropriate material to be used in the Conservation Area.  The Society disagrees with the content of the Heritage Statement with respect to sustainability and the expected life of the proposed materials.

SDNP/21/04044/FUL: Demolition of the vacant building and the construction of 28 residential units with associated landscaping and on-site car parking. Astley House Spital Road.
Friends of Lewes support the revised scheme which has responded to the various comments generated by the previous scheme. The result is an improved proposal in which the buildings are lower and respect the scale of adjacent terraces. The street facades, particularly on Spital Road, have a rhythm and modelling of the façade (recessing of openings) that create interest; each house is clearly identifiable, yet the whole creates a crisp and unified terrace. The defenceable space along the pavement edge and recessed doorways, which add a degree of privacy, contribute positively to the streetscape. However, the west facing elevation onto Nevill Road would be improved if the dark bricks used for the lower storey were continued around the large arched opening. The success of the scheme will depend on careful choice of materials, especially bricks, meticulous detailing and careful supervision to ensure that the finished result looks as good as the drawings.

SDNP/21/04231/HOUS: Erection of timber cycle store. 62 Houndean Rise.
Friends of Lewes comment that it would prefer to see the store sited in the rear garden to preserve the front garden streetscape and avoid setting a precedent.


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

SDNP/21/03329/FUL & 03330/LIS 16-18 Cliffe High Street.   Relocate 4 gas meters from front to rear and sited in enclosures.
SDNP/21/03374/FUL 17-18 Friars Walk.   Partial change of use of ground floor to Class E.
SDNP/21/03495/FUL & 03496/LIS Lewes Railway Station, Station Road.   Way finding totem sign on path.
SDNP/21/03541/PRE 3 Eastgate Wharf.   Reinstate roller door.   Convert vent to window.   Direct extractor exhaust through existing vent.   Relocate partitions.
SDNP/21/03756/FUL Tanglin, Cuilfail.   Change use of annexe to holiday let.
SDNP/21/03778/HOUS 31 De Montfort Road.   Decking and replace door/window.
SDNP/21/03883/FUL The Mallings Business Centre, 112 Malling Street.   Rooflights.
SDNP/21/03986//LIS 23 Abinger Place.   Plaster coving.
SDNP/21/03991/FUL HMP, 1 Brighton Road.   New roof and PV panels.
SDNP/21/03992/HOUS & 03993/LIS 8 Albion Street.   Replace rear extension.
SDNP/21/04009/HOUS 32 South Way.   Replace garage/utility with kitchen side extension/utility.
SDNP/21/04068/CND The Lewes New School, Talbot Terrace.   Variation of Condition 2 of planning permission SDNP/20/00675/FUL to amend position of crossover, bin store and landscape layout.
SDNP/21/04156/HUS 6 King Henry’s Road.   Loft conversion with rooflights.
SDNP/21/04183/HOUS 20 Talbot Terrace,   Single storey rear extension, replace windows, alterations to front door, change of surface to front garden and timber bin store.
SDNP/21/04204/PRE 77 De Montfort Road.   Dividing house into two properties with roof terraces.
SDNP/21/04237 22 Lansdown Place.   Replace dormer windows.
SDNP/21/04292/LIS 23 Friars Walk.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/21/04352/HOUS 53 The Avenue.   Replace doors and roof on side extension and form opening at rear for new sliding doors.
SDNP/21/03304/FUL & 03305/LIS 41 Cliffe High Street.  New window and replace window.


Planning Application Approved