Friends of Lewes Members’ Coffee Time Talk on Zoom, Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10:30am

A Zoom talk for Members

Tam Large and Mike Sewell: Adventures on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

From Zero to Hero – driving a 120 year old car to Brighton on the world’s oldest motoring event.

Mike Sewell and Tam Large’s sometimes hilarious, sometimes frustrating, experiences in getting a stubborn 1900 veteran car to work, and finally reaching Brighton on the ninth attempt, winning a national prize for their perseverance.

Plus stories of fun with Model T Fords and ancient bicycles.

Tam Large and Mike Sewell - London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Photo by Chris Neale

These talks are for members of the Friends of Lewes. If you would like to join FoL, and attend our talks, please find details on our Membership page. We send Zoom links to our members a few days before each talk, so please join in time! You can contact our Membership Secretary via email.


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Lewes Priory Tours, 2022

Guided walking tours of one of England’s largest and most successful monasteries

At 2.30pm on Sunday 22nd May, Lewes Priory Trust is offering the first in a series of guided walking tours of the Lewes Priory Park and the Gundrada Chapel at Southover church.

Over a period of 450 years between c.1080 and 1538, Lewes Priory became the richest religious house in Sussex and the most important of the English Cluniac foundations – in architecture, influence, art and learning.

The tour aims to bring to life the history, splendour and colour of the Priory during a walk through the remains of its massive buildings. Then, at the Gundrada Chapel, visitors will see the bones of the priory founders, Gundrada and William de Warenne, discovered in two lead boxes (‘cists’) in 1845 when the railway was dug through the remains of the Great Church.

William had fought alongside The Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. Also on show is his wife Gundrada’s tomb slab; its Tournai marble top, blackened with wax or resin, is one of the finest Romanesque carvings to survive in England or even in Europe. It was brought back from Isfield church in 1775 to Southover and is thus reunited with her bones.

Tour dates:

All at 2.30pm

Sunday 22 May
Saturday 4 June
Sunday 17 July
Sunday 21 August
Sunday 18 September

Booking is essential:

£5 (children under 12 free)

Buy in person or by phone with credit/debit card, from:
Lewes Tourist Information Centre
187 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2DE
Tel 01273 483448

Sorry, no refunds, all income to Lewes Priory Trust

Assemble at 2.30pm prompt at Mountfield Road Car Park (limited spaces), Lewes BN7 2XA.

Tour duration approx 2 hours. Sturdy walking shoes advised. Wheelchair access on paved slopes. No public toilets. Bring umbrella if wet. Dogs on leads.

 Enquiries: peter@varlow.org.uk

 

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 3 March 2022

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 3 March 2022: 

SDNP/22/00295/HOUS: Single storey rear extension and loft conversion with dormer window to rear elevation. 39 Abinger Place.
Friends of Lewes object to the rear dormer, which is contrary to the Friends of Lewes advice note ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ and the SDNPA Draft Design Guide SPD. Even on a rear elevation, the dormer should not dominate the appearance of the original pitched roof and the top of the new dormer should always be lower than the existing ridge. The current proposal fails both these tests. It appears from the drawings submitted that like many Lewes terrace houses with slate roofs, there is insufficient height within the present roof space to create a room that complies with Building Regulations. This has generated a disproportionately large box dormer that occupies more than 80 percent of the existing slate roof. The Society considers this is not sufficient justification for the development proposed. Purely on aesthetic grounds, the dormer height should be reduced by at least 100mm and the width by 50% to meet the higher standards expected in a Conservation Area.

SDNP/22/00365/HOUS: Single storey rear extension and the erection of front and rear dormers. 15 Talbot Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the rear dormer which is too wide, at ridge level and out of scale with the roof. Furthermore, no details of the materials to be used are provided in the application. It is important that they are appropriate for the conservation area.

SDNP/22/00504/ADV: 2 sets of non-illuminated fascia signs and 2 non-illuminated awnings. 34 – 35 High Street.
Friends of Lewes comment that the application contains no details of the colours of the blinds proposed. Conditions should require their approval by planning officers.

SDNP/22/00542/HOUS: Single storey rear extension, garden room with raised terrace, rooflight to front, revised fenestrations and dormer windows to rear. 6 Bradford Road.
Friends of Lewes comment that insufficient details have been provided on the materials to be used in this development, which should be appropriate for use in the Conservation Area.

SDNP/22/00879/FUL: Demolition of existing buildings contained within a former woodyard. The White House Eastgate Wharf.
Friends of Lewes strongly object to this application. Development within the Conservation Area involving the demolition of existing buildings should only proceed if and when replacement buildings or alternative development has been approved. The Society disagrees with the Planning Statement which concludes that the buildings do not contribute positively to the architectural character of the surrounding neighbourhood, that also forms part of the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. The buildings are important landmarks within the wider landscape when viewed from Phoenix Causeway and Cliffe Bridge and should be replaced with a development worthy of the site. Friends of Lewes strongly object to the proposal for a car park which would make a negative contribution to the character of the surrounding area and fail to preserve and enhance the Conservation Area in accordance with the SDNPA Draft Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document. The Society therefore calls for the application to be refused in accordance with Core Policy SD1 (Sustainable Development) of the South Downs Local Plan as the development proposals fail to conserve the landscape, natural beauty and cultural heritage of the National Park.

The Society comments that the threat to the existing building appears to be the consequence of inadequate security, repair and maintenance of the buildings over a long period. The failure of the applicant to undertake this work over many years to the point that they claim it is not economically viable does not justify its demolition. Mitigation measures could and should be taken to stabilise its condition and make it secure, pending a development proposal worthy of a key site in the Lewes Conservation Area being brought forward for approval.

SDNP/22/00927/HOUS: Conversion of existing garage into ancillary workspace, alterations to west and east elevations, including removal of porch, amended glazing, and first-floor balcony to bedroom, pergola, minor addition to rear ground floor. Kilimani Cuilfail.
Friends of Lewes object to the inadequate information that is required to judge this application. The drawings are poor, it is not clear what will be built or remain and details of the materials proposed are insufficient. The conversion of the existing garage does not appear to be for ancillary use to the exiting building and it could be used as a separate dwelling.

SDNP/22/01017/HOUS: Replacement of existing metal framed windows with double glazed UPVC windows to the front and rear. 35 Talbot Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of uPVC windows in the Conservation Area and the lack of details provided of the windows proposed. The use of uPVC windows in the Conservation Area is contrary to SDNPA Draft Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document. Traditional timber windows should be used to match those retained elsewhere in Talbot Terrace.

SDNP/22/00602/TCA: T1, T2, T3,T4,T5 – Fell to stump level and re-plant of 5no. fruit trees. Flat 1 1 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the removal of the Bay trees because the trees are very close to the Grade 2 listed building and there are concerns that the roots may damage the drainage pipes. The plans suggest that the trees are going to be felled to stumps. In our experience regrowth is highly likely if the stumps are not ground out. We commend the planned replacement with five trees but advise that fruit trees tend to be high maintenance and prone to disease. A better choice might be resilient native trees with blossom and berries for wildlife, (such as Whitebeam, Hawthorn, Wild Cherry). The Friends of Lewes Trees Committee would be happy to advise on re-planting.

 

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

SDNP/21/04279/HOUS 19 Cleve Terrace.   Replace frosted UPVC window with non-frosted timber window.
SDNP/21/04797/FUL Western Road Community Primary School, Southover High Street.   Polycarbonate canopy over play area.
SDNP/21/06316/HOUS 21 Cranedown.   Single-storey rear extension and landscape works, including forming rear courtyard cladding rear facade with hung tiles and first floor and render at ground floor and new side window.
SDNP/22/00245/HOUS 19 Prince Edward’s Road.   Re-roof turret and two conservation rooflights.
SDNP/22/00328 4 Warren Close.   Single storey rear extension with roof terrace and single storey side extension.
SDNP/22/00348/LIS The Lewes New School, Talbot Terrace.   Internal and external alterations including flood resilience works, internal layout changes and refurbishing toilets.
SDNP/22/00355/HOUS & 00356/LIS 19 Lansdown Place.   Redecorate window and door frames.
SDNP/22/SDNP/22/00600/HOUS 13 Mill Road.   Part two storey, part single storey rear extension, create porch and reconfigure staircase.
SDNP/22/00673/FUL Malling House, Sussex Police HQ, Church Lane, South Malling.   Upgrade telecommunications installation on existing mast.   Replace 3 antennas.
SDNP/200782/FUL & 00783/LIS 90 High Street.   Change of use to self-contained C3 dwelling.
SDNP/22/00897/HOUS The Workshop, Pipe Passage.   Garden studio to replace shed/workshop.
SDNP/22/01006/HOUS 126 Western Road.   Replace rooflight with dormer, replace rear rooflights, replace fibre cement tile roof with traditional slate and erect bike shed with green roof.

Planning Application Approved


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Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 3 February 2022

Representations made on licencing and planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 3 February 2022.

The following representations were submitted to the Lewes District Council Licencing Committee:

The Paddock, The Old Motor Road, The Old Racecourse.
Friends of Lewes object to the application for a permanent seasonal licence which will materially change the nature of the area and cause nuisance to users of a special area renowned for its peacefulness. A licenced pop-up bar is an inappropriate development in an area of very visible, quiet open land within an unspoilt natural environment.  It will encourage drinkers to congregate, resulting in noise, disturbance and nuisance to nearby residents, the risk of anti-social behaviour and activities likely to be to the detriment of the character of the area.

 

The following representations were submitted to the SDNPA:

SDNP/21/05546/FUL: Change of use of basement and ground floor from retail E(a) use to a restaurant and takeaway E(b) with associated external works comprising installation of 1no. flue to rear elevation. 50 High Street.
Friends of Lewes comments that refuse would need to be taken through the restaurant and take away area to the High Street frontage and could lead to bins being left on the High Street in a visually prominent location. The take away service could also lead to parking pressure in the High Street close to the junction with Station Street.

SDNP/21/06272/HOUS: Hip to gable loft conversion with front and rear box dormer and 1 no. rooflight to front roof slope, demolition of single-storey rear and side structures and erection of single storey rear and side extensions with 5 no. rooflights to flat roofs and installation of wood burning stove flue through rear roof slope. 1 Clare Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessively large box dormer proposed on a low single storey building, especially in a row of houses of equal height.  It would be completely out of scale and contrary to the SDNPA draft ‘The Design Guide (Draft) Supplementary Planning Document.

SDNP/21/06383/HOUS: Hip to gable roof extension with dormer to rear and two rooflights to front. 35 Hamsey Crescent.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed gable roof extension which spans the full width of the house and is overwhelmingly oversized and out of scale.  It would unbalance the symmetry of this semi-detached building.

SDNP/21/06441/HOUS: Single-storey rear extension, replacement balcony and rear dormer.  24 St Johns Terrace.
Friends of Lewes comments that the proposed dormer is a lumpy design and will be visible from the Offham Road. GRP is an inappropriate material to be used for the roof in the Conservation Area and lead or zinc should be used.

SDNP/21/06458/HOUS: Demolition of existing outbuilding and erection of a shed. 10 East Street.
Friends of Lewes has no objection in principle to the development but objects to the application because all of the details of the shed are subject to confirmation.

SDNP/22/00027/LDP: New front porch, conversion of existing garage to habitable accommodation, alterations and provision of new window and roof light openings, new rear decking area. 93 Highdown Road.
Friends of Lewes comments that the box design of the front porch is not consistent with the neighbouring houses, which have pitched roofs.

SDNP/22/00058/HOUS: Proposed rear extension to provide a third bedroom, with a glazed link between the new and existing building. 6 Market Lane.
Friends of Lewes support the carefully tailored solution to a difficult site.

SDNP/22/00189/HOUS: Replacement of UPVC windows with white painted timber sash windows to the rear elevation and re-location for timber back door and insertion of french doors. 30 Morris Road.
Friends of Lewes support the replacement of uPVC windows with timber sash windows.

 

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

SDNP/21/06194/HOUS 28 St Swithun’s Terrace.   Replace rear windows.
SDNP/21/06391/FUL St Michael’s Church, Church Lane, South Malling.   Replace lamp posts with single lamp post.
SDNP/22/00057/HOUS 43 Fitzjohns Road.   Demolish garage and erect single storey side extension.
SDNP/22/00144/HOUS 15 Gundreda Road.   Demolish conservatory and erect side extension.
SDNP/22/00166/HOUS 50 Middle Way.   Remove car port and construct two storey side extension.
SDNP/22/00175/HOUS 58 Valence Road.   Single storey side and rear extension.
SDNP/22/00230/HOUS 26 Windover Crescent.   Part single-storey, part two-storey side and rear extension, convert garage, replace all windows.
SDNP/22/00237/LIS 1 Malling Street.   Re-render and paint side, repair and paint woodwork and replace broken down pipe.
SDNP/22/00047/FUL 3 St Martin’s Lane.   Demolish outbuilding and erect single storey rear extension.
SDNP/22/00182/HOUS 24 Monks Way.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/22/00291/LDP 9 Church Lane South Malling. Demolish rear conservatory and erect single storey extension.
SDNP/22/00385/FUL Sussex Downs College Mountfield Road. Air source heat pump enclosure and plant.

Planning Application Approved


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Friends of Lewes Members’ Coffee Time Talk on Zoom, Tuesday 17 May 2022, 10:30am

A Zoom talk for Members

Marcus Taylor: Cockshut and Winterbourne – the Streams of Western Lewes

Marcus Taylor looks at two streams in Lewes which, though very short, have had a significant effects on the town over the centuries.

One made possible the building of Lewes Priory and supplied its advanced drainage systems and ponds with water. The other, with its seasonal flow and thus a dry channel for much of the year, has brought disruptive flooding to  Southover on many occasions.

Lewes flood 1960
Flooding in Lewes, 1960

These talks are for members of the Friends of Lewes. If you would like to join FoL, and attend our talks, please find details on our Membership page. We send Zoom links to our members a few days before each talk, so please join in time! You can contact our Membership Secretary via email.

 


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Friends of Lewes talk by Polly Toynbee, followed by AGM – Wednesday 27 April 2022, 7:20 for 7.30pm

A Zoom talk, followed by Friends of Lewes AGM

Columnist, broadcaster, humanist, and Lewes resident  Polly Toynbee will talk about her latest book: The Lost Decade: 2010-2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain.

In this book, “Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of this most tumultuous of periods in British history and look to what lies ahead for us. This is the anatomy of a dark decade, bringing hope for better to come.”

Polly Toynbee, and The Lost Decade book cover

The talk will be free, and all are welcome.

Please click here to Register in advance for this talk

After registering, you will receive an automated confirmation email containing your personal link for joining the meeting.

Please click on that link to attend the talk 10 minutes before it starts.

The Friends of Lewes AGM will follow the talk, at about 8:20pm. The AGM is for Members only.

We would recommend a computer screen or an iPad as a minimum screen-size for viewing our webinars.

Our presenters will be speaking live, and you can ask questions by typing in the Chat box in Zoom.

See the Diary page for a list of  forthcoming events organised by the Friends of Lewes

 


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Friends of Lewes Accounts for 2021

We will be holding this year’s Friends of Lewes AGM on Wednesday 27 April 2022, via Zoom. The AGM will start at about 8:20pm, following a talk by Polly Toynbee which begins at 7:30pm.

Prior to this date, if any Friends of Lewes members would like to receive a copy of the Society’s Accounts for the year ending 31 December 2021, please email the Honorary Secretary at enquiries@friends-of-lewes.org.uk, or call our virtual forwarded phone number: 01273 011105.

 


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Southover School 150 Year Anniversary!

Do you have memories of being a student, or a member of staff at Southover Primary School?

If so, come along to the school on 23 April, 10am-12 noon and share your memories and any photos with members of the Friends of Southover PTA, who are gathering stories for a 150th anniversary book.

More details below – click to enlarge:

Southover school poster