Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 April 2019

The following representations were made following the Executive Committee meeting held on 13 March 2019:

Meeting held on SDNP/19/00666/FUL: Erection of detached sustainable house with on-site parking. 207 High Street
Friends of Lewes do not object in principle to development of this site. The proposed design is honest and the form of the building interesting, building on vernacular forms in an appropriate modern idiom.  However, no levels are shown on the drawings submitted with the application that allow the height of the proposed development to be assessed against those of the surrounding buildings. A long section showing the relationship of the new development to numbers 204 to 207 should be provided in order enable the impact of the proposals to be judged when seen from the car park. The Society is concerned that the new building could be overbearing in relation to existing buildings.


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

Week ending 11 March

SDNP/19/01100/FUL: Change of use of building from Class A1 (retail) to 4 residential units, associated vehicle parking, cycle parking, amenity space, refuse stores and landscaping together with external alterations to the building. 6 Station Street (Antiques Centre).
Friends of Lewes support the conversion of this building to residential use. The detailed design has been thoughtful and the Society is pleased that the iron railings to the front elevation will be reinstated.

SDNP/19/01139/HOUS: Proposed erection of cabin in the rear garden, ancillary to the use of the main dwelling. 6 Hill Road.
Friends of Lewes objects to this application because it has concerns that the proposed cabin is not ancillary to the use of the main dwelling and could be separated into a new dwelling, served by the existing access. The drawings have not been well prepared and provide inadequate details of the development proposed.

SDNP/19/01080/LIS: Replacement roof covering to main roof, like-for-like renewal of existing lead-lined parapet gutter to front and replacement of slated section of rear extension roof. 2 Keere Street.
Friends of Lewes support the renovations proposed.

Week ending 18 March

SDNP/19/01226/HOUS: Dormer window to rear roofslope. 18 Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the dormer which will be very visible from Harveys Way. The proposed dormer does not match the dormer of the neighbouring property and inclusion of a Juliette balcony is alien to the exiting roofscape and will look out of place. The proposal does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’.

SDNP/19/01289/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion with new gable, rear dormer and rooflights to front roof slope. 8 Fitzjohns Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed dormer which is too large and does not conform to the recommendations set out in the Friends of Lewes ‘Planning Advice for Dormer Windows’. The design, which includes conversion of the roof to a gable end, will make the pair of semi-detached houses unsymmetrical and visually unbalanced.

Week ending 25 March

SDNP/19/01304/HOUS: Replacement of all double glazed wooden windows, excluding French windows, with wood grain effect UPVC windows. 3 Friars Mews Pinwell Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the use of wood grain effect uPVC windows in the conservation area. The replacement of timber framed windows with uPVC is considered to have a negative impact on the conservation area and the integrity of the row of terraced houses, which was designed and constructed with timber windows. Alternative, more appropriate materials and designs are available which should be used.

SDNP/19/01306/FUL: Renovation, repair and enhancement to property that has fallen into disrepair. 89 High Street.
Friends of Lewes welcome and support the proposals to repair and renovate this prominent listed building in Lewes High Street. The Society commends the way in which the work proposed has been clearly explained in the application.


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

SDNP/19/01024/HOUS & 01025/LIS 20 Friars Walk.   Screen and gate in rear courtyard , new front door, repoint brickwork, vent grille, replace clear with obscured glass in rear window and internal alterations.
SDNP/19/1116PA14 Tesco Supermarket.   Solar PV array.
SDNP/19/01155/HOUS 17 Spences Lane.   Convert garage to room.
SDNP/19/00518/FUL 47 Western Road.   Partial change of use to include cafe.
SDNP/19/00807/FUL & 01242/LIS Castlegate House, Castle Precincts.   Retain shed.
SDNP/19.101180/HOUS 37 C 37D and 37E, South Street.   Replace windows and front doors and convert loft with rear dormer.
SDNP/19/01189/HOUS 2 St Swithun’s Terrace.   Loft conversion with rear dormer and front rooflight.
SDNP/19/01244/HOUS 12 Hill Road.   Single storey rear extension with alterations to windows.
SDNP/19/01285/LDP 19 Hereward Way.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/19/01299/HOUS 47 North Way.   Remove garage, two storey side extension, single storey rear and front extensions.
SDNP/19/01302/LIS 77 High Street.   Internal works and relocate stairs.
SDNP/19/01252/LIS 1b 69 High Street.   Roof insulation.
SDNP/19/01307/LIS 89 High Street.   Renovation and repairs.
SDNP/19/01387/HOUS 13 North Way.   Replace extension and new porch.


Lewes Garden of Peace Opens

The new Garden of Peace, next to the Maltings Car Park in the Castle Precincts, was formally opened by the town mayor, John Lamb, on 12th June 2019. This project, a long-running Friends of Lewes aspiration, was jointly funded by them, the Town and District Councils and the South Downs National Park Authority, together with some private donations from town residents.

Originally a part of the private garden of Castlegate House, the then owner, Frank Frankfort Moore, built a garden of peace here between 1910 and 1915.  By the 1930s the ownership had passed to the county council, who built the car park, and Frankfort Moore’s garden of peace was neglected, fell into disrepair over time, and became known as the Magic Circle. In recent years it was derelict and overgrown.

Lewes Garden of Peace
Garden of Peace, Lewes



Lewes History Group talk: History of Lewes Old Grammar School – Monday 10 June 2019, 7:00 for 7:30pm

David Arscott: Floreat Lewys – the chequered history of Lewes Old Grammar School

Back in the 1960s an eccentric headmaster of Lewes Old Grammar School took its records into the yard and burned the lot.

This inexplicable act of vandalism gave local author David Arscott a tough, but stimulating, task 50 years later when he was commissioned to write and publish the school’s 500-year history.

David will be revealing to us what he discovered, and says ‘The school’s story has been a roller-coaster ride, from the high status of its medieval origins on the original Southover site, where the diarist John Evelyn was a pupil, through a near-terminal decline in the Victorian period on its current site, to today’s thriving community of more than 500 boys and girls.’

David Arscott and Floreat Lewys

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 for these meetings, 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 Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.


The Friends of Lewes Design Awards 2019

The purposes of the Society’s Design Awards are to:

  • Acknowledge projects that have enhanced the local environment and make a positive design contribution to the town.
  • Encourage high standards of materials and quality of workmanship in both new buildings and the restoration and/or conversion of existing buildings.
  • Draw attention of the wider public to the good things that are being done in Lewes.
  • Encourage other people who may be thinking of undertaking projects to support high standards of design.

The 2019 presentation was held in the Lewes Town Hall Council Chamber on Friday 10 May, when the winning owners, architects and builders/craftsmen were presented with certificates by the new President of The Friends of Lewes, John Davey.

The 2019 Awards went to: Depot Cinema for exemplary design, which considered the needs of the town and its population, demonstrating attention to detail and the sympathetic modern treatment of local materials – as shown by David Smith’s flint work; and to Hill House on Juggs Road, the first passivhaus in Lewes, which sets a fine example both environmentally and in terms of design.

Friends of Lewes 2019 Design Awards winners8 other projects were recognised with Commendations: Priory Barn; Falcon Wharf; the restoration of the façade of the former Red, White and Blue public house; an extension to Yew Tree Cottage; the Alexis Dove Shop front; the brick paving in St Andrew’s Lane; the Butcher’s glass advertising sign at 40 Cliffe High Street; and the restoration of the bay and mathematical tiling of 200 High Street.

Further details about the winning entries are given on the Awards list (above). Click on the image to enlarge.


The Depot Cinema, Lewes
Depot Cinema, Lewes

Hill House, Jugg's Road, Lewes
Hill House extension, Juggs Road, Lewes

The Friends of Lewes Design Awards 2016

The Friends of Lewes Design Awards 2013


Lewes History Group talk: Edward Reeves: development of a business and technology – Monday 13 May 2019, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Tom Reeves: Edward Reeves and the Evolution of Photography – the development of a business and technology

In this talk Tom Reeves will cover the development of his family’s photographic business that goes back to the 1850s.

Plus, using a Victorian glass-plate camera, he will demonstrate how a picture was created in the late 19th century, and how it took considerable skill to produce what now appear to be quite mundane images.

To finish there will be an update on the Reeves Archiving Project.

Reeves Lewes children on Empire Day parade H4544A

Photo of Lewes children on Empire Day parade, © Edward Reeves

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 for these meetings, 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 Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.


Friends of Lewes plant elms at Vert Woods

In 2014, the Conservation Trust gave the Friends of Lewes Trees Committee nine elm whips, from cuttings taken from surviving trees in Hove (a whip being a small sapling about 75cm in height). After almost five years growing them on from 4” pots to 11” ones, it was clearly going to be some time before they would grow large and robust enough to be suitable for planting as street trees for Lewes.

Instead, the Trees Committee has planted them in Vert Woods Community Woodland, near Laughton. We are very grateful to VWCW for giving them a protected space on either side of what will become an avenue of Elms. Three of the trees were planted on New Year’s Day 2019, and the rest were planted in April 2019.

This adds to the growing collection of Elms at Vert Woods, many of which were planted as part of the “Bring Elms back to the South Downs” project. We hope that they will encourage the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly, which breeds on Elm species, especially on the edges of woodland rides. The numbers of these butterflies declined in the 1970s when its food source was reduced by the effects of Dutch Elm Disease.

The elm varieties planted are: Ulmus hollandica Wentworthii, Ulmus rugosa pendula, Ulmus Hollandica virens, (Kidbrook), Ulmus laevis, (White Elm), and Ulmus coritana, (Minor).

Friends of Lewes plant elms at Vert Woods