New book by Marietta Van Dyck – Lewes in Detail

Lewes in Detail book coverArtist Marietta Van Dyck has recently produced a new book containing some of the detailed pen and ink drawings she has produced over the years for Lewes News.

Copies are available at a number of outlets in Lewes at £5.00 and will also be available at a discounted rate to members at the Friends of Lewes meeting on September 14th 2017.





Friends of Lewes – Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Friends of Lewes Summer 2017 Newsletter is now available as a pdf [924 KB]

Side view of Fitzroy House Lewes

Previous Newsletters and Annual Reports




Friends of Lewes new season of talks, 2017-2018

The new season of events begins with the Lewes Heritage Open Days from Thursday to Sunday 7th – 10th September 2017, organised by the Friends of Lewes.

The Society’s plan to imaginatively restore the Magic Circle in the Castle Precincts as a Peace Garden will be revealed on Thursday 14th September, along with the launch of a fund-raising campaign to raise funds for the project.

Two talks follow in October and November: on plans to moderate flooding of the River Ouse using sustainable landscape approaches, which restore natural habitats; and a slide show of previously unseen photographs taken by long-term Lewes resident Jim Franks.

Further events will be announced in due course.

See the Friends of Lewes Diary of Events for details




Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 6 July 2017

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 6 July 2017

Representations made to planning applications in weeks ending 13, 20 and 27 June and 4 July 2017

Week ending 13 June

SDNP/17/02693/HOUS: Single storey side extension and new doors to rear. 51 Gundreda Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposed development but consider the visual impact would be improved by setting back the façade of the extension to make it subsidiary to the main building and using a pitched roof rather than a flat roof.

SDNP/17/02738/FUL: Erection of wooden storage shed in the rear garden. 21 Cliffe High Street (Vets).
Friends of Lewes object to the use of the materials proposed, which are not traditional and contrary to the Lewes Conservation Area Management Plan.

Week ending 20 June

SDNP/17/02644/HOUS: Replacement of existing timber windows and doors in PVCu. 11 Southcliffe.
Friends of Lewes object to the replacement of the original timber windows and doors with uPVC in the Conservation Area. uPVC is an inappropriate material to be used and contrary to the Lewes Conservation Area Management Plan, which requires that new works, repair and maintenance should utilise the traditional materials used in the town.

Week ending 27 June

SDNP/17/03130/HOUS: Replacement of pebbledash render with white plaster and repaint front door. 3 Church Row.
Friends of Lewes object to the replacement of pebbledash render with white plaster. Numbers 1, 2 & 3 Church Row all have matching tile hanging to the first floor with a pebbledash render to the ground floor.  As such, number 3 Church Row is visually identical to numbers 1 & 2. The proposal to remove the pebbledash on the ground floor of only number 3 Church Row and to replace it with plaster would make it look very inconsistent with numbers 1 & 2. The Society also comments that the application is incomplete as no elevations are provided and although there is reference to an ‘attached photograph’, there is no photograph available online.

Week ending 4 July

SDNP/17/02836/HOUS: Three storey rear extension, installation of a bike shed and a wooden gate in front garden and internal alterations. 16 St Annes Crescent.
SDNP/17/02835/HOUS: Two storey rear extension, installation of a bike shed and a wooden gate in front garden and internal alterations. 16 St Annes Crescent.
Friends of Lewes object to the installation of a bike shed and wooden gate in the front garden which are incongruous with the existing fence and contrary to Policy 11 of the adopted Lewes District Plan Joint Core Strategy, which seeks to ensure that the design of development responds sympathetically to the site and its local context.

SDNP/17/03211/HOUS: Roof conversion incorporating rear dormer window and front conservation rooflights. 26 Leicester Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proportions of the dormer window proposed but consider it should be set down from the ridge. The side elevation drawings indicate that the top of the dormer extends right up to the ridge.


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

SDNP/17/02798/HOUS 1 Boughey Place.   Amended plans revising design of proposed dwelling.
SDNP/17/00775/FUL Land adjacent to Hanover House, Timberyard Lane.   Erect three bedroom house with garage, off-street parking space and roof terrace.
SDNP/17/00262/FUL Waitwell House, Malling Hill.   Erect 3 bedroom house with garage.
SDNP/17/03003/HOUS 64 Leicester Road.   Replace windows and door, increase width of first floor window and new canopy over front door.
SDNP/17/02589/HOUS Stream Edge, Rotten Row.   Amendments to planning approval – replace garage and conservatory with new structure;  new rear extension;  enlarge bay window;  new porch/canopy;  replace windows and doors; alter widnow and door openings;  alter rooflights;  replace roof and dormers.
SDNP/17/02951/FUL Landport Community Centre, Landport Road.   New fencing and replace door and window with doors.
SDNP/17/02966/FUL 4 St John’s Terrace.   Repaint front.
SDNP/17/02004/HOUS Castle Cottage, Castle Lane.   Replace and extend balcony.
SDNP/17/02700/HOUS 5 Morley Close.
SDNP/17/03136/HOUS 19 Houndean Rise.   Demolish garage and erect extension.
SDNP/17/03157/LIS St Anne’s Lodge, Rotten Row.   Remedial works to wall.
SDNP/17/03176/HOUS 25 Prince Edward’s Road.   Single-storey rear extension and replace part of roof, demolish chimney stack, new rear dormer and replace front rooflight, amendments to side elevation and convert garage.
SDNP/17/03211/HOUS 26 Leicester Road.   Roof conversion with dormer and rooflights.
SDNP/17/03328/CND 82 High Street (Cote).  Vary Condition 9 of application to extend opening hours.




Friends of Lewes suggestions for possible infrastructure projects in Lewes, July 2017

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

Most new development which creates net additional floor space of 100 square metres or more, or creates a new dwelling, is potentially liable for the levy.

The South Downs National Park Authority is required to pass 15% of CIL funds raised from developments in Lewes directly to Lewes Town Council. This rises to 25% with an adopted neighbourhood development plan.

The Friends of Lewes has compiled a list for Lewes Town Council to consider prior to their receiving any CIL money for use on infrastructure projects.

Friends of Lewes paper: Possible Infrastructure Projects in Lewes, July 2017 [pdf 16kb]


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Lewes Heritage Open Days, 7-10 September 2017

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public, or charge for admission.

Eighteen historic Lewes buildings and tours will be accessible over this long weekend. Some are not normally open to the public, and for others, their usual entry charge has been waived for this event.

There are a range of guided tours, and for some, advance booking is essential.

Booking opens on 15 July 2017, and closes on 4 September 2017 for all tours except for: Lewes Prison (closes 1.9.17), and the Police Headquarters (closes 20.8.17) – please check the booking page for details.

Brochure, full details, and how to book your place for tours 

An opportunity not to be missed!

3 images of Lewes
Lewes clocks and Fitzroy House interior

Lewes Heritage Open Days is organised by the Friends of Lewes



Friends of Lewes Quiz Summer 2017

In how many different places can you find the name “Friends of Lewes” and/or our logo, (current or previous versions), around Lewes?

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Current logo

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How to enter:

  • Number and list all of the examples of our name or logo which you can find and send the list by post, hand delivery or e-mail to Friends of Lewes by the closing date of September 1st 2017
  • Don’t forget to include your contact details: name, address, telephone number and/or e-mail address.


First prize of £40; second prize of £20; third prize of £10; possible bonus prize of £10 for an unusual example which the judges had not thought of!