Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 October 2021

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

SDNP/21/04004/HOUS: Single storey rear extension with rear bi-folding doors, flat roof and 2 no. roof lights. 26 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes comment that no details have been provide that explain how the increased surface water runoff will be managed.

SDNP/21/04412/HOUS: Single story garden studio. 20 The Avenue.
Friends of Lewes object to this application. No information on the method of dealing with increased surface water runoff is shown. The discharge of runoff behind the lower retaining wall would be likely to seriously threaten the stability of an embankment already noted to have a history of instability.  In addition, the intended GRP for the roof is an incompatible material within the Conservation Area and would be visible in the winter from Bradford Rd.

SDNP/21/04429/LDP: Rear extension, side extension and erection of a porch. 43 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes comment that no details have been provide that explain how the increased surface water runoff will be managed.

SDNP/21/04604/LIS: Addition of ground floor WC, entrance area cupboard and restoration of separating wall between front and rear reception areas. 94 High Street.
Friends of Lewes comment that it welcomes the improvements to the rear elevation.

SDNP/21/04611/HOUS: Loft conversion with hip to gable and rear dormer. 2 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the increase in the size of the rear dormer compared to the previous application in SDNP/21/03574/HOUS. The proposed dormer is oversized when compared to the adjacent property and is contrary to the FoL Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note. The Society also considers the proposals are contrary to 4.1 Roof Extensions to Existing Residential Buildings of the Draft SDNPA Design Guide.

SDNP/21/04811/FUL: Removal of existing external signage, removal of external ATM and re-instate glazing, removal of internal counters, interview rooms and all internal furniture. 190 High Street.
Friends of Lewes comment that the application presents an opportunity to make good the neglect of two important buildings in Lewes’s streetscape.  It is especially important that planning approval is subject to conditions that require that the selection of materials and detailing of, for example the façade replacement following the ATM removal, is of the highest quality.  Similarly, the porch has been moved two bays to the left on the red brick building for commercial reasons and the application presents an opportunity to reinstate it in the correct location.  The Society is keen that any items of historic interest are protected and retained, for example the brass plate ‘Old Bank House’ and notes that the signage ‘The Old bank’ has already been removed.

SDNP/21/04861/TCA: T1- Ash. Fell.  24 Bradford Road.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because it cannot see any reference to the reason for felling the Ash on the application form and no plans for a replacement tree have been stated.

SDNP/21/04918/TCA: T1 – Atlas Cedar – fell to ground level. 25 Valence Road.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because no information is given about why the Cedar is to be felled and no replacement tree is planned.

SDNP/21/04895/TCA: Removal of x1 Cherry (Silver leaf Disease). The Bothy Cockshut Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to removing the diseased tree and would recommend the replacement with another tree, not a Cherry, because Lewes needs to increase tree canopy cover.

SDNP/21/00020/FUL: Extension to existing garden centre to provide improved cafe and outdoor seating area, new warehouse space, enclosure and extension of existing garden centre sales area and other minor improvement works (Amended Description and Amended Plans – deletion of 502 square metre concessions building). Lewes Garden Centre Newhaven Road Kingston BN7 3NE.
Friends of Lewes welcome the removal of the proposed Concessions Building. However, the Society maintains its objection because the application has failed to demonstrate compliance with SDNPA planning policies. The proposals still involve the conversion of existing canopied retail areas (519sqm) into enclosed retail space, with a small extension (85sqm), to increase the floor area by a total of 604sqm, in direct conflict with South Downs Local Plan policy SD 38. A retail impact assessment has not been submitted as required for retail development outside of Market Town and Larger Village settlement policy boundaries where the proposal exceeds 150m2. Furthermore, no business plan or similar document has been prepared to identifying how the development supports the long-term viability of the business or local horticultural suppliers. The application still fails to demonstrate a need for such retail floor space in an isolated rural location further undermining the viability and vitality of the existing struggling retail trade to the historic town of Lewes.

Although the Society supports the conditions proposed by ESCC Highways it maintains its highways objection because no measures are proposed to improve pedestrian and cycle access to link the garden centre with adjacent footpaths and cycle paths.


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

SDNP/21/03500/HOUS 32 The Gallops. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/21/04013/HOUS 18 Highdown Road. Garden shed.
SDNP/21/04089/FUL Unit 28, Cliffe Industrial Estate. Change of use from B1/B2 class use to bus depot (sui generis).
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 in rear for new doors.
SDNP/21/04356/HOUS 4 De Warrenne Road. Rear single storey extension, new first floor bay window, roof and overcladding to garage, covered external area and pergola, reinstate porch and landscaping.
SDNP/21/04595/HOUS 6 Montacute Road. Single storey rear extension, new window to west and replacement windows to rear.
SDNP/21/04606/HOUS 1 Hill Road. Two storey rear and single storey side extension.
SDNP/21/04637/FUL Gallows Bank, Abinger Place. Retrospective change of colour of exterior.
SDNP/21/04645/HOUS 9A St John’s Terrace. Shed and enlargement of conservatory.
SDNP/21/04725/FUL  3 Fisher Street. Change use of storage area to studio apartment (C3).
SDNP/21/04804/LIS 98 High Street. Replace windows and window repairs, minor internal alterations.
SDNP/21/04832/HOUS Vipers Wharf, Railway Lane. Internal alterations to change use to single dwelling.
SDNP/21/04800/HOUS Vega, Kingston Road. Single detached garage.


Planning Application Approved

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