Lewes District Council Lottery

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to support Friends of Lewes by choosing us as their “good cause” in Lewes and District Local Lottery. They now forecast funds of over £600 from your donations – which would be enough to plant four new street trees in Lewes!

As you will know, more trees will make a good contribution towards our climate resilience through, for example, the benefits of carbon storage and sequestration, preventing water run-off, providing shade and shelter and improving air quality. They will also provide food and shelter for wildlife and improve our wellbeing.

We need to increase our tree canopy cover from 11.5% to a minimum of 20% – so thank you for doing something which helps!

You can find out more about the value of the trees in Lewes by viewing our summary of the findings of the i-Tree Eco Survey on our website.

Select Friends of Lewes as your nominated charity at https://www.leweslocallottery.co.uk/support/friends-of-lewes

Thank you for your support and good luck!

 

Lewes District Local Lottery image

 

Friends of Lewes response to SDNPA consultation on draft Old Malling Farm Design Brief

The South Downs Local Plan includes an allocation for residential development at land at Old Malling Farm, Lewes, for between 220 and 240 homes.

The SDNPA is calling for public feedback and comments by 18 March 2020 in response to the draft Design Brief prepared by the landowner.

Friends of Lewes response to Old Malling Farm Design Brief, March 2020 [pdf 136KB]

 


Image at South Downs National Park Authority website

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 6 February 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 6 February 2020:

SDNP/19/05671/HOUS: Proposed two story side extension and loft conversion. 77 Valence Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed roof dormers to the front and rear of the property which are too large and out of proportion with the existing house. The extensions proposed will unbalance the pair of semi-detached houses and the front dormer is a detrimental change to the street scene contrary to Strategic Policy SD5 (Design) of the adopted South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/19/05794/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion including rear dormer. 19 Spring Gardens.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed roof dormer which is too large, out of proportion with the existing house and it unbalances the pair of semi-detached houses contrary to Strategic Policy SD5 (Design) of the adopted South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/20/00103/LDP: Proposed loft conversion with hip to gable roof extension and rear dormer. 18 East Way.
Friends of Lewes do not consider this LDP application to be valid and asks that it is refused. The Society objects to the proposed roof dormer which is too large, extends to the ridge and is out of proportion with the existing house. The hip to gable conversion will unbalance the pair of semi-detached houses. The development proposed is the first of this type in the road of houses that back onto and are very visible from the Downs. The impact of the development proposed is contrary to both Strategic Policy SD4 (Landscape Character) and Strategic Policy SD5 (Design) of the adopted South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/20/00325/LIS: Internal alterations. Westgate Chapel, 92A High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the application to undertake alterations to this important listed building. The information provided with the application is wholly inadequate and more details of the planned work and materials are required for the Society to understand the scope of the alterations proposed.

SDNP/20/00245/CND: Section 73A retrospective application for the variation of condition 1 (plans) relating to planning approval SDNP/17/06391/FUL. Land to the West of Pipe Passage.
Friends of Lewes raised no objection to SDNP/17/06391/FUL. However the Society objects to this retrospective application to approve the development that has been constructed contrary to the plans approved. With respect to the original application, the Design and Conservation Officer stated that given the sensitivity of the setting it is important that the building adopts a modest unobtrusive and understated form that has a limited visual impact and asserts its presence as an architectural whisper. The Society agrees with their assessment and regards the increased mass of the building that has resulted from it being constructed 300mm higher than the approved plans to be unacceptably visually intrusive against the historic setting of the Conservation Area. The visual impact is made worse by the fact that the timber cladding has not been stained dark in accordance with the discharge of conditions in SDNP/18/05479/DCOND. The Society considers the application should be refused as the variation would be detrimental to a sensitive and prominent location and contrary to Strategic Policy SD4 (Landscape Character) and Strategic Policy SD5 (Design) of the adopted South Downs Local Plan. The Society looks for mitigation measures to be explored that reduce the visual impact of the development; including alternative cladding and possibly raising the height of the boundary wall facing Westgate Street. Enforcement of the extant planning permission with respect to staining the timber cladding is considered essential. Any new mitigation measures should be subject to public consultation via a planning application.

 

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

SDNP/19/05864/HOUS 21 Waterloo Place.   Replace windows and repaint front door and frames.
SDNP/19/06034/HOUS 32 Valley Road.   Two storey side extension.
SDNP/19/06036/FUL HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road.   Retain contractors’ compound.
SDNP/19/06050/FUL Lewes YMCA, Westgate Street.   Solar panels on roof.
SDNP/19/06094/HOUS 8 Clebe Terrace.   Single storey rear extension and terrace.
SDNP/19/06115/HOUS 2 Winterbourne Close.   Convert and extend garage to form garden room.
SDNP/20/00043/FUL & 00044/LDP Unit 28, Cliffe Industrial Estate.   Replace doors and windows, insert new windows, remover doors and windows, erect access ramp, and change of use to B1 (Business).
SDNP/20/00054/HOUS 9 Hill Road.   Rear extension and renovation.
SDNP/20/00119/LDP 3 Castle Ditch Lane.   Air sourced heat pump.
SDNP/20/00130/HOUS 13 Cockshut Road.   New windows, bathroom,, internal alterations and reconfigure fenestration to north and east.
SDNP/20/00235/HOUS & 00236/LIS Green Passage House, 49C Cliffe High Street.   Timber fence and gate.
SDNP/20/00244/HOUS 10A St John’s Terrace.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/SDNP/20/00257/HOUS & 00258/LIS Flat 11, Maltings Barn, Foundry Lane.   Replace four roof lights.
SDNP/20/00298/LIS Eastgate House, 6 Eastgate Street.   Rebuild and repair front after car impact.
SDNP/20/00331/HOUS 5 Segrave Close.   Ground floor rear and side extension, loft conversion with rear dormer.

Planning Application Approved

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 9 January 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 9 January 2020:

SDNP/19/05015/ADV: Proposed new signages at the relocated hand car wash. 2no 8x 5mm dibond panel within galvanized steel frames and 1no banner with name “Tesco Hand Car Wash”  Tesco Supermarket Brooks Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the extent of advertising on the panels of the relocated car wash, which is excessive when compared to the existing facility. The Society considers the proposals are contrary to Strategic Policy SD5: Design of the adopted South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/19/05164/FUL: Replace timber and steel frame windows with uPVC double glazed units. 47A Western Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed use of uPVC windows in the Conservation Area. Alternative materials that are appropriate for the Conservation Area should be used by the local authority, consistent with those that have been used by private householders in the area.

SDNP/19/05619/FUL: Demolition of the vacant building and the construction of 28 residential units with associated landscaping and on-site car parking. Astley House Spital Road.
Friends of Lewes support the principle of redeveloping Astley House for housing in accordance with the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. It is disappointed at the low number of affordable housing units proposed against the 50% planning policy requirement of the South Downs National Park. Whilst recognising the arguments made in the Planning Statement that support the level proposed the Society looks to the planning authority to rigorously scrutinise and challenge how such a low level is justified.

The Society was pleased to discuss the proposed design of the scheme with the developer at an early stage. It challenged a wide range of design issues but considered the proposed design of the houses to be good. However, a strong message was given that that the western elevations of the apartments facing Nevill Road needed reconsideration and improvement. Although the design of the apartments has been changed the Society maintains this position and objects to this aspect of the development. The western elevations of the apartment block appear clumsy and important detailing with respect to brick colour, copings and sills is missing from the application. The site is an important gateway into Lewes and warrants a better design.

 

The following representations were submitted on 19 December 2019 by Robert Cheesman:

SDNP/19/05791/DCOND:  North Street Industrial Estate.   Discharge of conditions of Phases 2 and 3 of planning consent SDNP/15/01146./FUL for demolition of existing buildings and construction of flood defences and residential units.
Thank you for consulting Friends of Lewes (FoL) on the discharge of these conditions. As you know FoL has been heavily involved in this project since its inception and supported the recommendation that planning permission should be granted when it was discussed by the SDNPA Planning Committee some 4 years ago. It has also been represented on both the Sounding Board and Design Working Group for the project and has taken a close interest in the Landscape and Play Working Group. In particular its two representatives on the Design Working Group have had an opportunity to discuss the proposals for discharging the Phase 2 and 3 conditions with both the applicants and their consultants at two meetings convened for this purpose.. As a result FoL fully supports the proposals in terms of both the overall layout and detailed design of the housing units including the range of materials selected. FoL has an objective to increase the tree cover in Lewes and in that connection notes that it is intended to plant more trees than the number it is planned to remove. However our arboriculturalist members have expressed concern over the Lime tree chosen (Tilia Europaea Pallida) as it is prone to aphid attack which results in honeydew excretion and sooty mould. Since some of the Limes appear to be proposed near parking spaces it could provoke future conflict if car owners complain about the honeydew on their cars. Possible alternative varieties could be Tilia euchlora, Tilkia tomentosa or Tiliu oliveri. In addition the Salix alba proposed, which is not long lived, can have weak branch unions that may fail although it is a good tree if regularly pollarded. More resilient varieties would be Salix acutifolia, Salix viminalis or other Salix Alba varieties such as Lienpede, Sericea or Caerulea.

 

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

SDNP/19/01985/FUL Land adjacent to 34 King Henry’s Road. Retain bin store.
SDNP/19/05012/FUL Tesco, Brooks Road. Relocate car wash and proposed new parking spaces.
SDNP/19/05479 22 The Avenue. Greenhouse.
SDNP/19/05710/HOUS 60 South Street. Rear dormer and window, roof windows and enlarge ground floor window.
SDNP/19/05748/LDP Court Road Car Park, Court Road. Lawful Development Certificate to determine whether continuation of works under planning permission SDNP/16/01618/FUL for 9 residential dwellings with associated works is lawful.
SDNP/19/05808/FUL Malling House, Church Lane. Install fence and replacement vehicle gate.
SDNP/19/05830/HOUS 11 De Montfort Road. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/19/05854/HOUS 8 Southdown Avenue.   Enlarge front dormer, new and replacement roof lights and green roof at rear ground floor.
SDNP/19/06003 The Sun House, 53 Priory Street. Replace rear extensions and windows and obscure glass film in front bay window.
SDNP/19/06004/HOUS 60 Leicester Road. Single storey side and rear extensions.
SDNP/19/06005/HOUS 24 Dale Road. Two storey side extension with porch.
SDNP/19/06026/HOUS 26 The Avenue. Replace windows.
SDNP/19/06127/PRE Rear of 19 High Street (behind Alexis Dove).   Two new dwellings.
SDNP/19/04710/HOUS 4 Little East Street.   Replace two windows.
SDNP/19/05963/HOUS The Workshop, Pipe Passage.   Single storey extension and roof lights.
SDNP/19/06070/HOUS 36 Highdown Road. Two storey side extension with pitched and hipped roof.
SDNP/19/04922/LIS Southover Old House Southover High Street. Repair, conservation and restoration works following fire damage.

Planning Application Approved

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 December 2019

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 December 2019:

SDNP/19/05000/FUL: Replacing and repairing slate roof and re-using existing slate in addition to replacing rainwater goods, the installation of new windows and repair of broken fencing. 15 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed works and commend the attention to detail in the design of the replacement windows.  However it comments that drawings showing details of the window sections should have been a validation requirement for this application.

SDNP/19/05052/FUL: Proposed replacement of existing timber framed window units with new double glazed (Aluminium) extruded profiles. St Thomas’ Court Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed use of aluminium windows, which it considers suitable for this prominent building in the Conservation Area. However, the existing timber windows, which are crisp and simple, will be replaced by a design that uses fatter and chunkier sections, which will appear clumsy. The Society objects to the visual impact that would result from their use and considers slimmer profile sections should be used to maintain the existing visual appearance of the building.

SDNP/19/05055/LIS: New shop front signage and gallows bracket signage to the front of the building. 42 High Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposed works. However, it is not clear from the application what materials will be used for the signage. Materials consistent with those in the Conservation Area should be used; sign written timber not plastic.

SDNP/19/05112/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion with rear dormer and front rooflights, proposed front porch extension and conversion of garage to playroom. 36 Gundreda Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which represents over development of the property.

SDNP/19/05397/HOUS: Erection of front porch and first floor rear extension. 8 Middle Way.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposed works but comments that insufficient details of the works and materials proposed are provided in the application.

SDNP/19/05457/HOUS: Erection of front porch, single storey rear extension and loft conversion with hip to gable roof extension and rear dormer. 18 East Way.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which is too wide and should be set down from the roof ridge.

SDNP/19/05494/HOUS: Proposed replacement windows to south elevation at first floor level (listed building consent under SDNP/19/05616/LIS. Flat 5 Southover Manor House Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed works but comments that drawings showing details of the window sections proposed should have been a validation requirement for this application.

 

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

SDNP/19/04587/FUL & 04588/LIS Cote Brasserie, 82 High Street.   Painting window sills dark grey.
SDNP/19/04760/HOUS 17 Hereward Way.   Single storey side extension with flat roof and cedar cladding.
SDNP/19/04830/FUL Reed Court 38 Boughey Place. Repace timber-framed windows with PVCu Units.
SDNP/19/04947/HOUS 35 Montacute Road. Single storey rear-extension to replace the existing conservatory.
SDNP/19/05188/FUL 4 Market Lane. Replacement of shop entrance door and windows.
SDNP/19/05292/FUL & 05293/LIS 162 High Street.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/19/05316/FUL 3 Fisher Street.   Change use of workshops to flats with two storey rear extension.
SDNP/19/05335/HOUS Brooklands, 26 Southover High Stret.   2 level platforms and ramp to rear.
SDNP/19/05417/HOUS 14 Southcliffe.   Rear extension and garage conversion.
SDNP/19/05471/FUL The King’s Head, 9 Southover High Street.   New first floor windows.

Planning Application Approved

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 November 2019

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 November 2019: 

SDNP/19/03815/FUL: Erection of 1no. three bedroom dwelling with off road parking. Amendment to application SDNP/18/02356 to change roof pitch to accommodate 1no. new bedroom and bathroom. Land to The rear of 47 Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to this amended application which it regards as an over development of the site. The amendments to the roof in the context of the surrounding buildings are inappropriate and the design of the dormers too fussy.

SDNP/19/04733/HOUS: Works to the front of the property, replacement boundary wall and hedge, access alteration, erection of oak frame pergola and replacement of side door. 3 Park Road.
Friends of Lewes have been consulted by the applicants about the development proposed. The Society supports the proposed works and commends the extensive efforts the property owners have made to evolve a worthwhile design that is right for the Conservation Area.

SDNP/19/04670/HOUS: Proposed erection of shed in the front garden. 23 St Annes Crescent.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposal to erect a shed in a front garden within the Conservation Area because of the risk of it being visible from the street. Should permission be granted, conditions should define the maximum permitted height that ensures it is not visible from the street.

 

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

SDNP/19/03823/HOUS 45 Gundreda Road. First floor side extension and rear ground floor extension.
SDNP/17/03100/FUL Unit 8, Brooks Road. Removal or Variation of Condition No. 2 of planning consent. (Altering design of retaining wall)
SDNP/19/04748/HOUS West Corner House, 30 The Avenue. Demolish timber cabin and erect new garden room and associated landscaping.
SDNP/19/04760/HOUS 17 Hereward Way. Single storey side extension with flat roof and cedar cladding.
SDNP/19/0804/FUL Malling House, Church Lane, South Malling. Install 4m high riser and CCTV camera to the south-wet of Camber Block.
SDNP/19/04849/HOUS Brook House, Rotten Row. Alterations to roof including removal of single storey flat roof to extend catslide, removal of chimney stack, enlargement of dormer to west and roof lights, window replacements and alterations.
SDNP/19/04934/HOUS Pinehill Cuilfail. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/19/04991/LIS 125 High Street. Reinstate division between 125 and 126 High Street to form two houses. Replace pyramid rooflight to rear with flat rooflight.
SDNP/19/05126/LIS 1 Malling Street. Alterations to facilitate replacement and relocation of boiler and other decorative internal alterations.
SDNP/19/05172/HOUS 73 Highdown Road.  Erect stepped rear extension.

Planning Application Approved

Lewes History Group talk: History of Criminal Custody in Lewes – Monday 9 March 2020, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Christopher Whittick: Banged Up in Lewes: Criminal custody in the County Town

In March Lewes History Group welcomes former County Archivist, Christopher Whittick who will describe the historical evidence for the present Lewes Prison, illustrated with images from the County Record Office and elsewhere. He will also take us back beyond the 19th Century to examine the history of judicial custody in the County Town over a period of almost a thousand years.

Christopher Whittick explains: “Although today we may automatically associate prison with punishment, that has not always been the case; indeed it is a relatively recent concept, emerging during the opening decades of the 18th century. The original function of a gaol or prison was to contain those who had been arrested pending their trial, to hold prisoners awaiting the gallows or transportation to a penal colony, or to confine debtors until their liabilities had been discharged either from the sale of their assets or by their families.”

Elevation of proposed Lewes Prison, ESRO
Elevation of proposed Lewes Prison, 1848 – ESRO R/A 2/516

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee, payable at the door, of £1 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Talks page for a list of  forthcoming monthly events organised by the Lewes History Group.