Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 April 2022

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 April 2022: 

SDNP/22/00864/LIS: Proposed replacement of internal doors with traditional-style four panel fire doors with integrated vision panels. 137 High Street.
Friends of Lewes support this application.

SDNP/22/00916/LIS: Erection of garden studio to side passage of house, altered fencing around garden and installation of gate to side fence and installation of boiler and boiler flue. 10 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes comment that there is no indication of the construction of the fence proposed.  Of particular importance are the details of the treatment of the opening to be formed in the existing brick wall and the gate within it. These details should be provided with the application and be subject to approval.

SDNP/22/01037/HOUS: To raise the height of a section of front wall from 0.9m to 1.5m using brick and flint to match the existing walls. 24 Bradford Road.
Friends of Lewes comment that the poor quality drawings are inadequate to demonstrate clearly what is proposed and the further details and elevations are required.

SDNP/22/01112/HOUS: Demolition of existing outbuilding and replacement with garden room at the rear. 117 High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed use of fibreglass as a roofing material in the Conservation Area, zinc or lead should be used. Furthermore, there are no details of the doors, windows and WC in the proposed garden room or details of how surface water generated from the development will be managed.

SDNP/22/01135/FUL: New render colour to the front wall; repainting the front ground and first floor windows and door frames, sign board frame and canopy; replacement of front wall tiles to timber boarding; replacement of rear uPVC dormer window to timber window and part retrospective for new sign board. 7 Fisher Street.
Friends of Lewes comments that the materials used for the sign board are not appropriate for the Conservation Area. The front wall is not rendered but covered in an opaque paint.

SDNP/22/01061/FUL: Alterations to eaves and gable including rendering. 137-139 Coombe Court Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the rendering of the existing brickwork which is characteristic of the wider street landscape. Inadequate details have been provided in the application to justify the change and explain the scope of the scheme.

SDNP/22/01197/HOUS: Replacement of 3no windows to front of property. 12 Little East Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the windows proposed. Whilst supporting the use of timber windows in the conservation area it considers it important that the glazing bars are traditional and separate the individual panes of glass. The proposed windows appear to utilise glazing bars on the surface of a single glazed unit, which is an inappropriate design for the conservation area.

SDNP/22/01226/LDE: Conversion of previously approved home studio into annexe. 9 Hawkenbury Way.
Friends of Lewes comment that the home studio is no longer ancillary to the main building and appears to have been developed into a self-contained new dwelling.

SDNP/22/01347/HOUS: First floor pitched roof front extension, first floor rear dormer with walkway, jerkinhead to gable side roof extension and ground floor rear extension. Hillside Cottage Annexe Ringmer Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the rear dormer which is too big and has a flat roof.  It would be preferable to have a similar hipped treatment as proposed at the front.

SDNP/22/01467/HOUS: Single storey rear extension, relocated garage, hip to gable roof extension and rear dormer. 35 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the full width rear box dormer which is too large and contrary to the principles set out in the SDNPA Design Guide (Draft) Supplementary Planning Document and the Friends of Lewes Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note.  The change of the hipped roof to a gable unbalances the building.

SDNP/22/01502/LDP: Creation of gable roof extension to the north west side elevation and dormer to south west rear elevation and installation of rooflight to north east front elevation. 12 Houndean Rise.
Friends of Lewes object to dormer which is of poor design, too large and out of keeping. The Society would not object to a smaller more sympathetic design.

SDNP/22/01520/HOUS: Alterations to Listed Building, demolition of existing sun room / conservatory and part replacement with new extension, alterations to non-Listed annexe wing including new roof and wall coverings. Elmtree House Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes comment that this is a good improvement to an important building in Lewes.

SDNP/22/01527/HOUS: Erection of outbuilding, relocation of an existing garden store and 2x Sycamores crowned. Hill House Juggs Road.
Friends of Lewes commend this application for the clarity and simplicity of its presentation.  Not only does it illustrate the scheme comprehensively and in detail but it is also of good design, which the Society supports.

SDNP/22/01561/FUL & SDNP/22/01693/LIS: Erection of 1no 3 bed house located to the rear of 41 Southover High Street and the rebuilding of the garage to 42 Southover High Street. 41 – 42 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes commend this application for the clarity and simplicity of its presentation.  It illustrates the scheme comprehensively and in detail. The design is a commendable interpretation in a modern idiom and the Society supports the excellent proposal.

SDNP/22/01575/FUL: Replacement of existing clubhouse with single storey timber clubhouse. Lewes Rowing Club South Street.
Friends of Lewes object to this revised scheme which it considers to be a missed opportunity for a key, very visible site in Lewes. The proposed clubhouse is of poor design with no positives. The modular approach represents the lowest, common ‘off the shelf’ design. The development is bigger and taller than the previous proposal yet makes no provision for workshop uses. The Society questions where the workshops will go and considers a plan for sustainable development of the whole site is required.

SDNP/22/01657/HOUS: Creation of rear dormer, insertion of 2no roof lights and rear window. 23 Evelyn Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the rear dormer, which is grossly oversized. Not only does it span the full width of the building but it also extends to the height of the ridge, contrary to the principles set out in the SDNPA Design Guide (Draft) Supplementary Planning Document and the Friends of Lewes Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note.


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

SDNP/22/00404 & SDNP/22/00405/LIS Pelham House St Andrews Lane. Installation of timber frame outdoor cooking shelter and associated works.
SDNP/22/00867/LIS 137 High Street. Replace staircase enclosure at ground and first floor with open handrail and remove first floor partition wall.
SDNP/22/00891/LDE 48 Flat Cliffe High Street.   Residential use of rear ground floor flat (49a) and subdivide building into three units.
SDNP/22/01067/HOUS 5 Christie Road. Installation of front and rear roof lights.
SDNP/22/01235/ADV Malling House, Sussex Police HQ, Church Lane, South Malling.   Retrospective display of “Progress” flag for 5 years.
SDNP/22/01309/HOUS & 01477/LIS 9 Friars Walk.   Reconfigure ground floor layout and open chimney breast, replace door and install french doors to patio.
SDNP/22/01404/HOUS 67 The Avenue.   Replacement garage and two storey side extension to replace existing single storey extension.
SDNP/22/01406/ADV 3 North Street.   Retrospective application for replacement shop sign.
SDNP/22/01279/HOUS 49 Old Malling Way.   Two storey rear extension.
SDNP/22/01360/LIS & 01368/FUL 197 High Street.   Convert retail storage space to residential unit, retaining remaining ground floor space as a retail unit, plus alterations to first and second floor residential units.

Planning Application Approved


Lewes Lottery logo-header  Play the Lewes District Lottery and support the Friends of Lewes