Friends of Lewes response to the consultation on the planned redevelopment of the former Lewes Bus Station

The Generator Group has submitted a pre-application for the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of [a] mixed-use gateway redevelopment scheme, including office/retail use and 50 residential units, together with landscaping, parking and cycle parking. SDNP/21/03284/PRE

Friends of Lewes have submitted an objection to the South Downs National Park over the planned redevelopment of Lewes Bus Station.

The plans contain no proposals for a replacement bus station either on site or elsewhere. A central  bus interchange is essential in Lewes if the Government’s call for increased use of public transport is to be met.

The Society also considers the proposed development is completely out of scale for this site and the buildings would dominate the whole of this central area of Lewes.

It believes Eastgate Street should be looked at in a much more constructive way with the new development built right up to the pavement and fill in the gap to visually link East Street and Eastgate Street.

A simple terrace of buildings is needed with retail at street level for vitality, residential above and amenity space at the back. An alternative design that embraces the SDNPA Draft Design Guide could deliver a development which makes a positive contribution to the historic Lewes town landscape and the wider National Park.

Friends of Lewes response to the consultation on the planned redevelopment of the former Lewes Bus Station [September 2021, pdf 328KB]

Lewes Bus Station
Lewes Bus Station