Friends of Lewes – Spring 2018 Newsletter

The Friends of Lewes Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available as a pdf [620 KB]

Prunus Umineko planted in Lewes

Blossoms on Prunus Umeniko planted in Houndean Rise by Friends of Lewes

Previous Newsletters and Annual Reports





Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 5 April 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 April 2018.

Weeks ending 6, 13, 20 & 27 March & 3 April 2018

Weekly list as at 6 March

SDNP/18/00851/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion to include front and rear dormer windows. 7 Delaware Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the front dormer which is over- elaborate and out of proportion with the rest of the house. The Society also objects to the excessive mass and bulk of the rear box dormer which is too wide, too high and will unbalance the existing roofscape.

SDNP/18/00937/HOUS: Conversion of existing loft space including creation of dormer window to rear of property and 2 x rooflights installed to front roof.  46 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive mass and bulk of the box dormer which is too wide and too high.

Weekly list as at 13 March

SDNP/18/00726/ADV: Installation of new shop front sign. 162 High Street (Panda Garden)
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the new shop front sign. However it would welcome removal of the existing internal illumination of the sign, which is inappropriate in the Conservation Area. (Neutral stance)

Weekly list as at 20 March

SDNP/18/01235/FUL: Erection of four dwelling houses. Street Record Daveys Lane.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed development. The Society welcomed being consulted over details of the development and commends the wider community consultation undertaken by the applicant.

Weekly list as at 3 April

SDNP/18/01024/HOUS: Installation of a rear dormer window extension and front elevation rooflights.  12 Morris Road.
Whilst recognising that the properties to both sides of the applicants property have similar box dormers Friends of Lewes object to the excessive mass and bulk of the proposed dormer in the Conservation Area.


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

SDNP/18/00480/HOUS The New Coach House, Malling Deanery.   Retain timber deck.
SDNP/18/00560/FUL Waitwell House, Malling Hill.   New three bedroom detached dwelling, with off road parking and demolition of workshop.
SDNP/18/00747/HOUS 14 Pelham Terrace.   Replace window with door; new terrace and balcony.
SDNP/18/00855/HOUS Rykehurst House, Rotten Row.   Paint pebble dash render to garage.
SDNP/18/00886/HOUS 5 Barons Down Road.   Enlarge patio door and insert side windows.
SDNP/18/00131/HOUS Antioch Lodge, Rotten Row.   Replace three front windows.
SDNP/18/00435/LIS 17 Eastgate Street.   Remove internal staircase.
SDNP/18/00733/HOUS 15 Gundreda Road.   Convert conservatory into room.
SDNP/18/00969/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Create memorial garden with three brick walls.
SDNP/18/00890/HOUS 61 North Way. Convert garage to bedroom/office with utility room, replace roof with mansard roof.
SDNP/18/00940/HOUS 89 Paddock Lane.   Replace windows and doors, extend porch roof and replace guttering and pipes.
SDNP/18/1067/HOUS Long Cottage, King Henry’s Road.   Rear and front extention.
SDNP/18/01027/HOUS 7 Cross Way.   Single storey side and rear extension and timber decking.
SDNP/18/01210/LIS 8-9 Chapel Hill.   Enabling works to enable inspection of timber frame.
SDNP/18/01226/FUL & 01227/LIS 77 High Street (Lewes Estates).   Change use of first, second and third floors to residential.
SDNP/18/01233/LIS 65 High Street (Old Post Office).   Additional internal alterations.
SDNP/18/01259/HOUS 33 Ferrers Road.   Demolish garage and construct new side extension.
SDNP/17/06289/FUL St Anne’s School, Rotten Row.   Repair wall, remove trees and shrubs.
SDNP/18/00737/FUL The Swan Inn, 30A Southove rHigh Street.   Rear extension to provide WC and internal alterations.
SDNP/18/01058/LIS West Lodge, Southover High Street.   Internal alterations including opening up kitchen refitting and refurbishing bathrooms and enclosing bedroom.
SDNP/18/00805/HOUS 46 Gundreda Road.   Replace fence and erect pergola.
SDNP/18/01372/HOUS 4 Court Road.   Replace windows with UPVC.
SDNP/18/01305/HOUS & 01306/LIS Flat, 4 North Street.   Re-plan kitchen and insert roof lights.



Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 1 March 2018

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 1 March 2018.

Weeks ending 6, 13 20 and 27 February 2018

Week ending 6 February

SDNP/18/00134/FUL: Installation of an overhead fibre optic cable between the Former YMCA Lewes building and the Castleworks. Castle Works Westgate Street.
Friends of Lewes object to overhead cabling in the Conservation Area. Cables should be run underground or alternative wireless technologies employed.

Week ending 20 February

SDNP/18/00416/FUL: Refurbishment of old generator room for conversion into office space. 40 – 42 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the development proposed. However, it comments that the design of the stairwell is over dominant and its junction with the existing building is clumsy and unconsidered. The use of Corten steel needs careful detailing to stop stain runoff.

SDNP/18/00424/HOUS: Loft conversion with dormer to rear. 3 St Michaels Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the scale of the proposed roof dormer which is too large, too wide and undermines the proportions and balance of the existing house. The detailing of the design is poor and the false pitched roof cannot disguise the large flat roof.


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

SDNP/18/00153/HOUS & 00154/LIS 146 High Street.   Convert stable/outbuilding into dwelling.
SDNP/18/00255/HOUS 14 Stansfield Road.   Two storey side extension.
SDNP/18/00476/HOUS 9 Clare Road.   Demolish garage and extensions, erect new garage, two storey side and rear extensions and single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/06391/FUL The Workshop, Pipe Passage.   Demolish workshop and erect single storey studio.
SDNP/18/00070/HOUS 3 Horsfield Road.   Convert dwelling into two separate dwellings.
SDNP/18/00580/CND 40-42 Friars Walk.   Variation of Condition relating to amending parking from 35 to 30 spaces.
SDNP/100656/LIS 11 Priory Crescent.   Retain chimney lining and add new cowl.
SDNP/18/00036/LIS 41 Cliffe High Street.   Re-site toilet to basement.
SDNP/18/00620/HOUS & 00621/LIS 20 Friars Walk.   Retain rooflight.
SDNP/18/00707/LIS 182 HIgh Street (Crown courts).   Expand Wifi services.
SDNP/18/00825/HOUS 53 Old Malling Way.   Replace extension roof with flat roof and add two Velux windows to rear roof slope.




South Downs National Park Photo Competition, 1 April to 31 May 2018

The South Downs Society ‘Friends of the South Downs’ invites you to enter its photographic competition celebrating the beauty of the South Downs National Park – its landscape, wildlife, buildings and other man-made structures contributing to the cultural heritage of the area.

The Park stretches from Eastbourne to Winchester, covering the chalk downs of Sussex and East Hampshire and the sandstone country of the Western Weald.

The rules of entry and the boundaries of the National Park can be found on their website.

The competition is free to enter and divided into adult and junior categories with exciting prizes for the winners of each.

South Downs Society Photo Competition 2018




Maintenance work on Council-run car parks in the Lewes District during May 2018

Notice from Lewes District Council, 25 April 2018

Lewes District Council will be carrying out essential maintenance work on council-run car parks in the district from May 8 to 22, 2018.

Parking will be suspended for short periods of time while re-painting of bay lines is carried out. Advance notice will be given on all affected car parks.

The Council will be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum and would like to apologise for any inconvenience while this work is carried out.

Closure timetable – all the car parks will be closed unless otherwise stated

Tuesday May 8

  • 7am Friars Walk, Lewes (50% closure)
  • 9am Cliffe High Street, Lewes
  • 11am Market Lane, Lewes

Wednesday May 9

  • 7am Friars Walk, Lewes (50% closure)
  • 9am East Street, Lewes
  • 11.30am Westgate Street, Lewes (disabled space only)

Thursday May 10

  • 7am Mountfield Road, Lewes

Friday May 11

  • 7am Phoenix West, Lewes (disabled space and hatching only)
  • 8am Little East Street, Lewes

Monday May 14

  • 7am Phoenix East, Lewes (disabled space and hatching only)
  • 9am South Street (north), Lewes (re-lining right half)

Tuesday May 15

  • 7am Pinwell Road, Lewes

Wednesday May 16

  • 7am West Street, Lewes

Thursday May 17

  • 7am Sutton Road, Seaford

Friday May 18

  • 7am Balcombe
  • 11am Ditchling (hatched areas and directional signs)

Monday May 21

  • 7am Lower Place (north), Newhaven

Tuesday May 22

  • 7am Roderick Avenue (north), Peacehaven
  • 7am Richmond Road, Seaford (front section)
  • 11am Saxon Lane, Seaford (directional arrows)



Old Lewes wooden signpost restored, April 2018

The old wooden signpost on Southover High Street by the mini-roundabout at the Swan has been repaired and restored after a request by Friends of Lewes.

Concerned that the last old-style wooden fingerboard in the town was in a very poor state of repair, and was not likely to get to the top of East Sussex Highways’ list of repair priorities, the Friends of Lewes civic society sought the help of Steve Brigden, the Town Clerk, and a plan was hatched for Brian Courage, the Town Council’s Ranger, to restore it.

It was in a bad way, but weeks of careful repair and re-decoration have seen it replaced, as these “Before” and “After” photos show.

A good example of pragmatic co-operation: thanks, Steve and Brian!

Signpost at Swan Inn, Lewes, before and after restoration

The signpost in December 2017, and after repair and restoration in April 2018




New recycling service in Lewes District, 2018

Lewes District Council is making it easier for residents to recycle by introducing a single wheelie bin for all paper, plastics, cans, tins cardboard and glass. This new approach to recycling in the district will mean more is recycled, which will be good for the environment.

The Council will deliver the new 240 litre wheelie bin to Lewes and Ringmer from the week commencing 16 April 2018. They will swap the current recycling containers for a wheelie bin on your usual recycling collection day, when they will also collect the old containers. Once you receive your bin you can simply put all of your recycling in without having to sort it.

Keere Street, LewesThe 240 litre bins will be delivered  to all suitable properties in the district. Flats will have large recycling communal bins. A number of roads in Lewes have properties without enough frontage to store a recycling wheelie bin. The Council will not deliver a wheelie bin to homes on these roads, which are listed on the Council’s web page.