Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 5 August 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 August 2021:

SDNP/21/01457/HOUS: Replacement of windows. 34-36 Flat 16 Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of uPVC, which is an inappropriate material in the conservation area.

SDNP/21/01845/HOUS: Replacement of two timber sash windows with UPVc to the front elevation and one to the rear elevation. 101 Western Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of uPVC, which is an inappropriate material for use in the conservation area.

SDNP/21/02698/HOUS: Demolition of existing timber studio and replacement with all weather garden office/work space. The Workshop Pipe Passage.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposal. The internal layout of the studio, with kitchen and bathroom, indicates it is not ancillary to the principal dwelling and contrary to the Society’s planning advice note ‘The Design of Garden Rooms’. The Society has concerns it could become a permanent dwelling to the detriment of neighbours and supporting infrastructure. A single ply EPDM roof covering is an inappropriate material in the conservation area and lead or zinc should be used. The detailing of the proposed lead capping of the Pipe Passage wall is poor and should be clarified.

SDNP/21/02995/HOUS: Demolitions of existing double garage and erection of two buildings, restoration works to the front, side and roof and erection of rear extensions at ground and first. 39 The Avenue.
Friends of Lewes object to the expansion at the ground and first floors which unbalances the symmetry of the building as a whole.  There is no apparent justification for a store on the frontage and the provision of a WC and basin suggests another proposed use of this space. The proposals would entail the loss of a front garden and hedge to the detriment of the current streetscape.

SDNP/21/03033/HOUS: Front and rear roof additions. 8 Timberyard Cottages.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the proposed dormers which are full width and the rear dormer is on the same plane as the face of the building. The proposed frontage is totally out of sympathy with the rest of the terrace.  There is lack of detail and no indication of the materials to be used. The proposals are contrary to the Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes.

SDNP/21/03083/HOUS: 1st Floor bedroom extension built off of existing ground floor extension. New from Canopy roof to replace existing. Replacement close boarded fence with brick wall and piers. 2 Park Road.
Friends of Lewes comment that the profile of the gable end from the road will appear very abrupt and a hipped end would be more in keeping.

SDNP/21/03333/HOUS: Demolition of two existing sheds and erection of studio in the rear garden of the house. 39 The Avenue.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed studio which is contrary to the planning advice note it has published, ‘The Design of Garden Rooms’. The mass of the studio is excessive and the application represents overdevelopment of the site, which would be detrimental to the townscape of the Wallands Park area and the Conservation Area. The internal layout of the studio indicates it is not ancillary to the principal dwelling and in future there could be a change from ancillary to permanent residential use, with a detrimental impact on neighbours and support infrastructure. The garden would be reduced to half of its current size and alter the character of the vegetated and spaciousness of Wallands Park.

SDNP/21/03386/HOUS: Erection of single storey rear extension. 3 Laundry Cottages Southover High Street.
Although there is an obvious need for this extra space, Friends of Lewes comment that the hand drawn sketches don’t give sufficient detail to be able to assess the proposal.

SDNP/21/03733/HOUS: Replace existing front two windows and one rear window with double-glazed, timber windows, painted white. 9 The Avenue.
Friends of Lewes comment that details of the windows proposed have not been submitted with the application and are necessary to assess their suitability.

SDNP/21/03740/ADV: externally illuminated fascia, externally illuminated hanging sign, amenity board, 2no chalkboards and 1no new lantern. The Kings Head 9 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the level of illumination proposed in this very sensitive part of the conservation area. In particular, it considers the level of illumination from the 2.5m long trough light to be excessive and contrary to the aims of the South Downs National Park dark skies policy.

SDNP/21/03958/HOUS: Replacement of timber framed sash and casement window, removal of a small casement window and installation a roof window into flat roof. 6 Pelham Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of uPVC, which is an inappropriate material in the conservation area. The existence of this type of window at a near neighbour does not justify its use.

SDNP/21/03896/PA3O: Proposed change of use of an existing B1(a) office to provide 8no. C3 dwellings over 3 floors (amended description). The Mallings Business Centre 112 Malling Street. (Objection)

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SDNP/21/03899/PA3O: Proposed change of use of an existing B1(a) office to provide 8no. C3 dwellings on the First Floor and Second floor, retaining office use on the ground floor. The Mallings Business Centre 112 Malling Street (Objection)

Friends of Lewes consider that the conversion of the office buildings into habitable space appears feasible depending upon necessary provisions being made to ensure acceptable ventilation and heat control.  The original sealed office space had air conditioning throughout, which would not be applicable to smaller contained domestic spaces.  Opening windows would be necessary and through ventilation. The internal planning is very tight and minimal.  There does not seem to be access to the external fire escape. These issues must be addressed to ensure that the long-term social consequences of the development are positive.  The Society is aware of similar developments, not in Lewes, that have suffered from an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime, reportedly as a result of residents being in cramped conversions with no amenities and inadequate infrastructure.

SDNP/21/03967/PA3O: Proposed change of use of an existing B1(a) office at the rear of the site to provide 5no. C3 dwellings. The Mallings Business Centre 112 Malling Street (Objection).
Friends of Lewes consider that the industrial form of the building does not lend itself to conversion to residential use. Each unit would be reliant upon top daylighting. The upper level would have restricted headroom, although no section is shown. Appropriate provisions are required to ensure acceptable ventilation and heat control. These issues must be addressed to ensure that the long-term social consequences of the development are positive. The Society is aware of similar developments, not in Lewes, that have suffered from an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime, reportedly as a result of residents being in cramped conversions with no amenities and inadequate infrastructure.

SDNP/21/03900/PA3O: Prior Approval for a change of use of Albion House from B1(a) (Office) to C3 (Residential). Schedule 2, Part 3, Class O (offices to dwellinghouses). Albion House Albion Street (Objection).
Friends of Lewes is concerned that 10 flats have been squeezed into the space over 3 floors.  Appropriate provisions are required to ensure acceptable ventilation and heat control.  There is no section to illustrate the changes of floor level as shown by the need for the internal stairs. Nor are there elevations to show which windows would be openable. These issues must be addressed to ensure that the long-term social consequences of the development are positive.  The Society is aware of similar developments, not in Lewes, that have suffered from an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime, reportedly as a result of residents being in cramped conversions with no amenities and inadequate infrastructure.

 

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

SDNP/21/02444/HOUS 74 Prince Edward’s Road.   Two velux windows in front roof.
SDNP/21/02700/HOUS 5 East Way.   Front porch.
SDNP/21/02940/HOUS 20 Dale Road.   Single storey side/rear extension.
SDNP/21/02954/HOUS 1 Cromwell Place, King Henry’s Road.   Two storey side extension with rear stove flue.
SDNP/21/02990/HOUS 32 The Course.   Dormer, new door, windows and rooflights.
SDNP/21/03065/FUL Sackville House, Brooks Road.   Solar panels.
SDNP/21/03099/FUL Country Hall, St Anne’s Crescent.   Solar panels.
SDNP/21/03238/FUL 137-139 Coombe Court, Malling Street.   Single storey extension.
SDNP/21/03304/FUL & 03305/LIS 41 Cliffe High Street.   New window and replace window.
SDNP/21/03311/HOUS 28 Winterbourne Close.   Replace rear extension with new single storey extension.
SDNP/21/03334/HOUS 37 North Way.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/21/03543/HOUS Flints, Rotten Row.   Replace outbuilding with new link.
SDNP/21/03574/HOUS 2 Fitzjohns Road.   Loft conversion with hip to gable and rear dormer.
SDNP/21/03588/HOUS 10 King Henry’s Road.   Replace side extension with part single-storey, part two-storey side and rear extension and upgrade garage with new pitched roof.
SDNP/21/03713/LIS HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road.   Re-roof healthcare building and install PV panels.
SDNP/21/03714/LIS HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road.   Fire safety improvements.
SDNP/21/03582/HOUS 9 Delaware Road.   Single storey rear and side extension.
SDNP/21/03902/FUL Unit 1, Brooks Road.   Change of use to mixed-use Class E/B8.

Planning Application Approved