Lewes Priory Trust: Looking back 900 years: new insights – 4-15 May 2021

To mark the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of Priory Park to the public, Lewes Priory Trust is presenting a season of 16 short talks in 4 evening symposia, online on Zoom. This free programme is for anyone with a love of Lewes history, telling the story of how our magnificent monastery became one of the top ten in England 900 years ago.

Make a note in your diary for the four symposia listed below:

Tuesday May 4, 7.30pm: What did the Cluniacs ever do for us? This aims to show what was so special about the pathway to heaven offered by Cluniac monasticism, and how its great scholars and administrators put Lewes firmly on the European map.

Friday May 7, 7.30pm: The destruction and rediscovery of the Priory. The story of its demolition – which, thanks to the engineer’s reports, tell us much. The evening also tells how the driving of the railway through it, 300 years later, in 1844-6, led to more discoveries and the founding of the Sussex Archaeological Society.

Tuesday May 11, 7.30pm: Caring for a heritage site into the future. The present day’s conservation challenges are discussed in the third symposium. Speakers include the Lewes Town Clerk – the Council is the latest of the many dynasties of Priory owners and benefactors – as well as the Trust’s architect, and local flintman David Smith.

Lewes Priory Trust Symposia May 2021Friday May 14, 7.30pm: What the latest research is telling us. New insights into the lavatorium where the monks washed their hands before meals, and its associated  but still mysterious tunnel. Also encouraging news of possible new excavations on the Priory site that would be scrutinised by Historic England, and evidence of the preservation of the Priory’s first small church for centuries, with its service as a shrine to Canterbury’s Saint Thomas Becket.

The series will then be rounded off on Saturday 15 May with a Guided Tour of the Priory Remains by two of the Trust’s experts.

Further information and complete programme

If you have not already been sent a link to register for the Symposia, and would like to attend, please email  enquiries@lewespriory.org.uk


New article on the Building Materials of Lewes, by Marcus Taylor

What is it that makes Lewes such a special town?

In addition to its superb geographical downland setting, astride the gap cut through the chalk by the River Ouse, and its rich cultural history, Marcus Taylor explains how a wealth of building materials over the years has led to Lewes’s very distinctive streetscapes and fascinating architectural details.

This new online article is based on Marcus’s talk to the Friends of Lewes in February 2021.

The Building Materials of Lewes, by Marcus Taylor, April 2021


Castle Ditch Lane archway, and Lewes Priory gazebo arch
Castle Ditch Lane archway, and Lewes Priory gazebo arch



Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 March 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 March 2021: 

SDNP/20/05539/CND: Removal of condition 3 of application SDNP/20/04231/HOUS for removal of the green roof.  17 Fitzgerald Road.
Friends of Lewes have concerns about the removal of this condition. The extensive flat roof will increase runoff from the site and insufficient details have been provided that demonstrate how rainwater will be adequately managed and recycled.

SDNP/20/05749/FUL: Erection of two x 4 bedroom houses to replace existing studio building. Liquid Studio St Andrews Lane.
Friends of Lewes comment that this is a thoughtful mews development, which is appropriate for this site and has been well explained.

SDNP/21/00002/HOUS: Replacement timber frame sash windows to main house with hardwood timber frames and double-glazed units, and replacement of garage door with French doors. 24 St Annes Crescent.
Friends of Lewes support the use of hardwood timber frames within the conservation area that match the existing windows being replaced. However, no details have been provided of the window construction, particularly those relating to the timber profiles and glazing bars. The Society considers this information should be provided to support an assessment that the application meets Development Management Policy SD15 of the South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/21/00021/HOUS: Erection of garage to rear with patio above. 2 Sackville Close.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposal but the development will increase runoff and details should be provided that demonstrate how rainwater will be adequately managed and recycled.

SDNP/21/00096/LIS: Replacement of existing brick steps/stair with new timber staircase. Flat 2 48 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because inadequate details have been provided. The scope and nature of the work proposed to the listed building cannot be understood from the information submitted.

SDNP/21/00252/HOUS: Single storey rear extension. 13 Grange Road.
Friends of Lewes object to this application because inadequate details have been provided. The scope of the work proposed and the materials to be used in the conservation area have not been adequately described.

SDNP/21/00287/HOUS: Proposed alterations to lower-ground front and rear elevations, proposed new sunken rear courtyard and internal alterations. 9 St Annes Terrace Western Road 30/3/21.
Friends of Lewes comment that details of the construction and glazing of the windows for the front elevation have not been provided. This information is needed to assess the impact of the development on the conservation area.

SDNP/21/00695/PRE: (This for officer advice before a planning application is submitted to establish if it is likely to be successful) Residential development of 60 dwellings (comprising 35 affordable, 15 private market and 10 live/work units), cycle paths, camping area, footpath alterations, woodland, wildlife habitat. Road:- visual barriers including land and s106 contributions to junction relief works at Earwig Corner. Land to The South of Lower Stoneham Farm, at Earwig Corner Stoneham Ringmer.
Friends of Lewes support the principle of zero carbon development that proposes affordable housing and prioritises pedestrianisation. However, it objects to this proposed development because the site falls outside the development boundary and is not currently allocated for development. No justification has been made for residential development within the countryside in this part of the National Park. The provision of 100 percent affordable housing is not proposed, contrary to Strategic Policy SD29: Rural Exception Sites. The scale and location do not relate well to the existing settlement and landscape, and the piecemeal development risks harming the setting of an important gateway into the town of Lewes.

The need for housing and employment land can be met from existing brownfield and greenfield allocations in the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan and the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan at sites including the North Street Quarter and Old Malling Farm. Development of allocated brownfield sites should proceed the development of new greenfield sites. The need for employment uses can be met at Malling Brooks in Lewes and at allocated sites in Ringmer.

SDNP/20/05823/HOUS: Section 73A Retrospective application for shed in the back garden and pedestrian access gate to the back garden. 36 Highdown Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the shed or gate but comment that the shed has a large mass and will be less prominent if the wooden cladding is allowed to weather naturally.

SDNP/21/00020/FUL: Extension to existing garden centre to provide improved cafe and outdoor seating area, new warehouse space, enclosure and extension of existing garden centre sales area and erection of new garden centre concession units and other minor improvement works. Lewes Garden Centre Newhaven Road Kingston.
Friends of Lewes welcome investment to improve and enhance the primary purpose of the garden centre and to secure employment. However, the Society objects to plans to expand the retail operation at the site by more than 50% with concessions that may not be related to horticultural use. At a time when the town of Lewes has a high vacancy rate of shops within the historic core it is both inappropriate and unreasonable to expand retail outlets within the adjacent countryside.

Lewes Garden Centre falls outside the development boundaries of both Lewes and Kingston. Development management policy SD38 (Shops Outside Centre) of the South Downs Local Plan requires a retail impact assessment to be undertaken in such circumstances, where the proposal exceeds 150m2. The application has failed to provide this assessment and has not demonstrated that the primary use of the centre is, and will remain, for the sale of plants and horticultural products. A detailed breakdown of the proposed use of all of the retail areas is required. Most importantly, the retail impact assessment needs to assess whether the impact of the proposed retail development would have an adverse impact on the existing retail centre in Lewes.

The extended garden centre will be more visible from Lewes, from views along the Kingston Road, as the new development is elevated by its construction on the sloping site. Insufficient landscape containment has been included and the landscape led approach required by the South Downs Local Plan does not appear to have been adopted. Further plans are required to address the need for additional screening on the north and eastern boundaries.

Strategic Policy SD19 (Transport and Accessibility) of the South Downs Local Plan supports development proposals that are located and designed to minimise the need to travel and promote the use of sustainable modes of transport. Strategic Policy SD20 (Walking, Cycling and Equestrian Routes) supports development proposals provided they contribute to a network of attractive and functional non-motorised travel routes. Whilst the transport report finds that ‘the proposed extension, new concession units and warehousing space are not anticipated to generate a level of additional traffic to and from the site that will materially impact on the local highway network’ no evidence has been submitted to support this statement. Neither improved pedestrian nor cycle access is promoted in the report. Newhaven Road has no grass verge or footpath on the side of the road that the garden centre is situated. Pedestrian access is extremely hazardous close to the garden centre entrance and the adjacent junction with Wellgreen Lane. Measures to improve pedestrian and cycle access to link the garden centre with adjacent footpaths and cycle paths should be included, via conditions requiring contributions for highway improvements.

16 trees are being removed to facilitate the planned development and a condition of planning approval, if given, should be that a minimum of 16 replacement trees are planted elsewhere on the site and that the tree protection procedures recommended in the Tree Survey are adopted in full.


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

SDNP/20/05828/HOUS & 05829/LIS Ilex House, 210B High Street.   Alterations and repairs to boundary walls, including landscaping to rear garden.
SDNP/21/00003/HOUS 38 South Street.   New flat roof to existing extension and enlarge external WC room.
SDNP/21/00094/HOUS 40 East Way.   Demolish garage covered area and rear extension, and construct part single, part two-storey side and rear extension.
SDNP/21/00244/HOUS 142 South Street (Rusty house). Construct garage, alter fence and construct garden room/store.
SDNP/21/00261/HOUS 80 Court Road.   Replace timber windows with PVCu.
SDNP/21/00326/HOUS 8 Dorset Road.   Demolish conservatory and erect rear single storey extension and create new shower room above upper ground floor rear.
SDNP/21//00375/FUL 25-26 High Street.   Replace windows with double glazed aluminium windows to north and south.
SDNP/21/00385/HOUS 60 St Pancras Road.   First floor rear extension.
SDNP/21/00549/LIS 107 Malling Street.   Timber windows to ground floor rear and side.
SDNP/21/00508/LIS Southover Od House, Southover HIgh Street. Replace balcony and add missing balustrades.

Planning Application Approved


Friends of Lewes funds nest boxes for Swifts

Friends of Lewes frequently collaborates with other Lewes-based community groups to improve our environment and increase biodiversity. We were pleased to have the opportunity recently to part-fund a project to provide more nest box accommodation for Swifts, organised by Lewes Swift Supporters. In February, six new nest boxes were installed in De Montfort Road, in addition to the ten boxes installed in Western Road in October 2020.

Lewes Swift Supporters have sent their thanks to Friends of Lewes for this generous funding and given us some information about their project.

“This area at the top of the town is a “hot spot” for Swifts since 32 of the 64 nests recorded in 2020 were found there.

Since the Roman era, Common Swifts have made nests in eaves, nooks or crannies of British buildings. The design of modern buildings and renovation of older buildings mean that many of these nest sites have disappeared. As a result, the number of Swifts has declined by 50% since 2000. By providing nest box accommodation, we aim to increase Swift numbers towards their previous levels.”

You can find out more about the Swifts in Lewes and how to support them, by contacting lewesswifts@gmail.com

Swift's nest box installed
Swifts nest box installed under the eaves


Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 February 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the Executive Committee on 24 February 2021:

SDNP/20/05799/FUL: The demolition of the Former Pells Church of England Primary School and the erection of 32 affordable residential units (Use Class C3), associated landscaping, car parking, cycle parking and all other associated works. Pells Church of England Primary School Landport Road.
Friends of Lewes support the provision of much needed new affordable and rented housing on a previously developed site. However, it objects to this very prosaic layout, which does not reflect current environmental thinking or the SDNPA requirement that the design of all new development should be landscape-led.

Landport is a largely self-contained community, designed at a time when few people owned cars and those people who did not walk or cycle into Lewes made use of the frequent busses. There is a single vehicular access to the estate which is located at the top of the site from the A2029 Offham Road. There is also a pedestrian route into the town centre at the western edge of the site via Cabbage Walk to The Pells.

The current reality is that most households on Landport own several vehicles leading to congestion, pollution, parking problems and traffic nuisance. The application claims that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists have been carefully considered but there is little evidence to support this. Cyclists in particular are disadvantaged by the steep climb to the Offham Road and the challenging journey into town via the busy A2029 main road, which has no cycle lanes. The proposed development is car-led and will inevitably add to congestion and pollution problems within the town. Children and those less able will be put at risk within the development, given the general scattering of parking provision and multiple points where vehicles have to cross pavements.

Turning to the design, the dull layout could have been designed at any time in the last fifty years. It might just be acceptable if the houses were well designed and detailed but sadly, they are not. The flats are poorly planned as demonstrated by the long entrance corridors past bedrooms to get to the living room. Most of the habitable rooms face north-west, so will not benefit from sun until late afternoon. The relationship between the blocks of flats and the bleak areas between them is dispiritingly familiar from a previous era of estate planning. It is manifestly not landscape led.

With respect to the proposed split of development, the Society has seen no evidence submitted with the application that supports the basis of the proposed split of affordable rent and shared ownership. The Society considers that provision should be made for Lewes Low Cost Housing in accordance with policy PL1A of the adopted Lewes Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Friends of Lewes therefore object to the proposed development and considers a new scheme should be submitted that is landscape led and meets the needs of the less able, pedestrians and cyclists as well as motor vehicles. Lewes deserves an exemplary scheme where social engagement can take place naturally on the streets, where children can move around safely and pedestrian and cycle links to the town are delivered as part of the development. The houses should be simple and well-designed utilising good durable materials and meet the needs set out in the adopted Lewes Neighbourhood Development Plan. The spaces between them, the public realm, needs skilled design input. The combination of hard and soft surfaces, planting, and meaningful social spaces with seats will determine the quality of the whole development and should aim to make this a place where people will choose to live.


Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 February 2021:

SDNP/20/05220/HOUS: Loft conversion including the insertion of rear dormer. 26 Lee Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the roof dormer which is too large and should be designed in accordance with the The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes. It is suggested that the dormer could be reduced in width by providing an alternative rooflight over the stair.

SDNP/20/05248/HOUS: Conversion of garage into library space with addition of glazing and rooflights, and loft conversion including rooflights and 2 rear dormers. 5 Cranedown.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed garage conversion. It comments that the roooflights proposed for the western elevation are of different size and suggest a uniform size would be better visually. The Society objects to the two rear dormers because they are oversized and no details have been provided regarding their constriction or materials. Dormers should be designed in accordance with The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes.

SDNP/20/05346/HOUS: Erection of a two storey rear extension. 25 Houndean Rise.
Friends of Lewes commend the use of permeable materials in the hardstanding.

SDNP/20/05360/HOUS: Erection of single storey extensions to the side and on top of existing rear extension and enlargement of existing second floor dormer to the rear. 21 St Johns Terrace.
Friends of Lewes object to the oversize roof dormer which is too large. Other roof dormers in this terrace are much smaller and the excessive width proposed would set a precedent. The roof dormer should be designed in accordance with The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes.

SDNP/20/05691/HOUS: Erection of side and rear extensions, and conversion of loft including insertion of rear dormer. 21 Prince Charles Road.
The Friends of Lewes has no objection to the side and rear extensions. However, it objects to the roof dormer which is too large and should be designed in accordance with The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes.

SDNP/20/05800/FUL: Demolition of existing outbuildings and erection of detached dwelling within curtilage of existing dwelling. 2 Highdown Road.
Friends of Lewes consider the proposed development to be of an interesting design but it is in the wrong place, too small and not wide enough. The Society objects to the proposal as it represents overdevelopment of the existing site and the size and character of the development proposed does not reflect the context and type of landscape in which the development is located, contrary to Strategic Policy SD4 of the South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/20/05757/FUL: Erection of a replacement rear single storey extension, internal modifications and restoration, and external works. 32 Friars Walk (Friends Meeting House).
Friends of Lewes comment that it has found it very difficult to understand the scope of the development proposed from the application documents. The application would benefit from a Design and Access Statement and a cross sectional drawing across the site.

SDNP/21/00549/LIS: Proposed timber windows to ground floor rear and side elevations. 107 Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the application which has no documents associated with it. The application fails to meet the SDNPA validation requirements.

SDNP/20/05804/HOUS: Conversion of the loft, including insertion of rear dormer, two-storey extension to the side and single storey extension to rear, including conversion of existing garage to habitable space. 42 East Way.
Friends of Lewes object to the roof dormer which is too large, extends to the ridge and should be designed in accordance with The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note published by the Friends of Lewes.

SDNP/20/04043/LIS: Removal of existing summerhouse and erection of replacement summerhouse (householder consent under SDNP/20/04042/HOUS) The Castle Lodge Castle Precinct.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the development but comments that the roofing material should be lead, in keeping with surrounding buildings. The cedar timber should be allowed to weather naturally, not treated.

SDNP/20/05565/TCA: T1 – Lawson Cypress – fell to a 1.2 metre stump T2 – Sycamore stem – fell and treat to prevent regrowth. 33 De Montfort Road.
Friends of Lewes suggests it would be appropriate to consider planting a small replacement tree which is more suitable for a garden, e.g., Amelanchier.


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

SDNP/20/05500/HOUS 33 Crisp Road. Single storey rear extension, new front porch and part conversion of outbuilding.
SDNP/20/05225/HOUS 1 The Villas, 56 Grange Road. Gate, railings and rose-arch.
SDNP/20/05573/FUL Land south of 61A North Way. New build house
SDNP/20/05615/LIS The Maltings, Castle Precincts.   Downpipe.
SDNP/20/05740/HOUS 18 Dale Road. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/21/00070/HOUS & 00071/LIS 8-9 Chapel Hill. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/05669/HOUS 2 Dorset Road. Rear extension and internal alterations.
SDNP/21/00114/LIS 25 Abinger Place. Renew timber joists and damp proof basement.

Planning Application Approved


“Spring into Renaturing” webinar series

On February 7th and 14th 2021, Lewes Climate Hub and Seaford Environmental Alliance held their very first webinar events. The “Spring into Renaturing” series of short talks is now available on the Lewes Climate Hub website if you missed them: lewesclimatehub.org/renaturing

The talks include lots of ideas about simple things you could do to improve biodiversity – whether you have a window box, balcony, a garden, an allotment, a park or rolling hillsides!

Lewes Climate Hub Renaturing event February 2021


Friends of Lewes plants wildlife hedge at Jubilee Gardens

At the beginning of February 2021, members of Friends of Lewes Trees Committee helped to plant a new wildlife hedge alongside the fence at Jubilee Gardens Open Space, off Juggs Road, Lewes. The 200 whips used are all native trees and include Field Maple, Hornbeam, Spindle, Blackthorn, Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Pedunculate Oak, Hawthorn, Dog Rose and Hazel.

The trees were funded through a “Beelines” grant from South Downs National Park Trust as part of their campaign to create new wildlife corridors to link habitats and make it easier for pollinators to flourish. The project was another successful collaboration between Lewes Urban Arboretum and Lewes District Council and we are grateful for the support of Chris Bibb, LDC Specialist Adviser, and Jan Knowlson, SDNP Ranger. Thanks also to Matthew Stuart of Bonny’s Wood, for delivering the mulch for the hedge.

The hedge-planting is one of several activities that have been planned towards meeting two of the Friends of Lewes “Climate Action” goals for 2020 and beyond: increasing our tree canopy cover; and improving our environment, increasing biodiversity and mitigating the risks resulting from climate change by collaborating with other Lewes-based groups with such aims. Find out more about our goals

Hedge planting at Jubilee Gardens, Lewes
Hedge planting at Jubilee Gardens, Lewes [Map]


Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 January 2021

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 January 2021: 

SDNP/20/04725/FUL: Change of use of the club house (D2) together with the formation of additional floors with raised roof to form two dwellings (C3) and associated works. Lewes Working Mens Club Malling Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed development. The design of the raised roof is out of scale and insensitive in relation to the existing building. Contrary to what is stated on the application form the Society has been unable to find details of the materials proposed for the walls and roof. The Society also notes that the development lies within Flood Zone 3 and the flood risk assessment required has not been provided. The Society considers the application fails to meet the requirements of the SDNPA Local Validation List.

SDNP/20/05012/HOUS: Installation of PV panels behind parapet wall of cottage, to barn roof and to flat roof of modern rear of property. Yew Tree Cottage 62 Southover High Street.
Friends of Lewes have supported and commended the high quality renovation of Yew Tree Cottage. The Society has no objection to the PV panels at the rear of the property on the modern extension. However, it objects to the panels on the barn roof elevation that faces Southover High Street. The panels will be clearly visible from the street and contrary to principles of the adopted Lewes Conservation Area Management Plan which looks for all works to be conceived with specific regard to the character and appearance of the conservation area. Works should echo and reinforce those characteristics of the buildings, townscape and public realm of Lewes which make a positive contribution to the town and its local distinctiveness. PV panels in this location clearly do not and considering the work done in repairing the roof and retiling it, it would be unfortunate to now hide it under panels and in so doing, negate the contribution that this building gives to the streetscape. The Society is also not convinced that the PV panels behind the front parapet wall of the main roof of the listed building will not be visible from the street, particularly from the raised pavement opposite. It is concerned that the panels and their associated infrastructure will also be visible when looking at the east elevation of the property from the street, because the parapet does not extend around the side of the property. The proposed development is therefore considered to be contrary to Development Management Policy SD13: Listed Buildings, and Development Management Policy SD15: Conservation Areas of the South Downs Local Plan.

SDNP/20/05325/HOUS: Application of insulating render to upper half east elevation to the roofline. 3 Spital Road.
Whilst recognising the challenges in finding a practical solution to the water penetration of this building Friends of Lewes comment that it is disappointed that the flint elevation to the property will be lost.

SDNP/20/05338/FUL: Replacement windows with slimline double glazed double hung sash windows, removal/replacement of broken tiles and reinstallation of mathematical tiling to the front facade, downpipe, render and leadwork.  2 Mount Pleasant.
Friends of Lewes are disappointed that the applicant, Lewes District Council, appears to have commenced and completed work before planning consent is granted. As the local authority responsible for planning control in Lewes such action sets a very poor example to the public.  The Society has no objection to the replacement windows provided they are wooden. Details of the materials were not given in the application.

SDNP/20/05392/HOUS: Erection of single storey side and rear extension and loft conversion with side and rear dormer windows. 15 Cross Way.
Friends of Lewes do not object to the ground floor extension. However, the Society objects to the oversize loft conversion. The dormer is too large and the extension to the hipped roof unbalances the whole building to the detriment of the wider street scene. The development is contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note.

SDNP/20/05417/HOUS: Proposed single storey rear extension with timber decking; part first floor front extension over existing flat roof; loft conversion including hips to gable roof extension and nominal raising of existing ridge height; alterations to front and rear existing elevations; relocation of vehicular access drive and closing up of existing drive. 6 Southdown Avenue.
Friends of Lewes comment that the changes to the roof will materially diminish the style of the existing property particularly the detailing to the front elevation.

SDNP/20/05577/HOUS: Proposed loft conversion and single storey rear extension. 85 Spences Lane.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which is too high and wide, contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note.

SDNP/20/05616/HOUS: Loft conversion with side dormer. 13 Ferrers Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the dormer which is contrary to the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows’ Planning Advice Note. The box dormer is full width, at ridge level and extends to the frontage of the building, which distorts the symmetry of the house.


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

SDNP/20/05432/LIS Malling House, Church Lane, South Malling.   Replace sash unit on first floor window.
SDNP/20/05466/LIS Southover Old House, Southover High Street.   Internal insulation to school room extension.
SDNP/20/05491/HOUS 38 Valence Road.   Replacement side infill extension.
SDNP/20/05500/HOUS Single storey rear extension, new front porch and part conversion of outbuilding.
SDNP/20/005287/LIS 2 The Vaults, Fuller’s Passage.   Concrete lintel and infilling of mortar gaps and fissures.
SDNP/20/04995/HOUS 7 St Michael’s Terrace.   Rear extension with extended rear platform.
SDNP/20/05096/HOUS 32 Windover Crescent.   Single storey rear and side extension.
SDNP/20/05103/LIS 10-11 Top Floor Flat, Priory Crescent.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/20/05111/LIS 74-74 High Street.   Strip out in basement and roof void for survey and instal new gas meter and stove.

Planning Application Approved



Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 2 December 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 2 December 2020: 

SDNP/20/04079/HOUS: Erection of a two storey side and rear extension, and widening of existing driveway. 38 Highdown Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the overlarge extension proposed for an already extended semi-detached house. The Society considers the proposals represent an over-development of the site which unbalances the pair of semi-detached houses and would be detrimental to the existing streetscape. The pitch of the false pitched roof proposed does not match that of the existing roof. The extension of the area of block paving is unwelcome and if not porous will increase surface water run-off.

SDNP/20/04716/HOUS: Construction of a detached double garage to replace existing timber summerhouse and shed. 6 Park Road.
Friends of Lewes comments that any alterations to the existing driveway should be in porous materials. The Society supports the Design and Conservation comments that better accessibility to the garage should not be justification for further development.

SDNP/20/05034/HOUS: Demolition of existing garage, outbuilding and rear extension and construction of new single storey rear extension, two storey side extension, loft conversion with hip to gable conversion and new rear dormer and proposed relocation of vehicle crossover. 1 East Way.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive size of the proposed single dormer in a very visible location on a corner plot. The Society would not object to two smaller dormers instead. Black timber cladding is considered inappropriate and natural wood cladding would be preferred. The proposed new driveway should be in porous materials.

SDNP/20/05080/FUL: Relocation and extension of the existing rear roaster flue. 18 Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the flue being extended to ridge level which will be very visible. A lower flue would be supported that terminates 600mm above the second-floor windows.


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

SDNP/20/03917/HOUS The Red House, Rotten Row.   Replace windows.
SDNP/20/04449/HOUS 93 South Street.   Extension above existing.
SDNP/20/04584/FUL & 05264/LIS Suite 2, 23 High Street.   Change use of ground floor to residential.
SDNP/20/04702/HOUS 12 Garden Street.   Single storey rear extension and loft conversion with rear dormers and front rooflights.
SDNP/20/04781/LIS 23 Abinger Place.   Roof repair, chimney cowl and window restoration.
SDNP/20/04793/HOUS 6 Montacute Road.   Convert garage.
SDNP/20/04814/HOUS 9 Montacute Road.   Refurbish garage and remodel roof.
SDNP/20/04830/LIS 2 Mount Pleasant.   Window, downpipe and round floor render replacements, altering wall leadwork and timber boarding, insulation removal, replace internal lining and extend tiling.
SDNP/20/04865/LDP 37 Gundreda Road.   Garden room extension to rear.
SDNP/20/04902/HOUS & 04903/LIS 9 Lancaster Street.   Alterations to listed building.
SDNP/20/SDNP/20/05090/FUL Greyfriars Court, Court Road.   Replace facias and soffits.
SDNP/20/05134/LIS 107 Malling Street.   Retain windows.
SDNP/20/ 04538/FUL Suite 1, 16 Market Street.   Change use to tattoo parlour.
SDNP/20/05103/LIS 10-11 Top Floor Flat, Priory Crescent.   Internal alterations.
SDNP/20/05144/HOUS 2 Pellbrook Road.   Single storey front and side extension.
SDNP/20/05147/HOUS 1 De Montfort Terrace.   Rear and side single storey extension.
SDNP/20/05211/LIS 182 High Street.   Extend Jury dais furniture in Crown Court 3.

Planning Application Approved


Friends of Lewes plants wildlife hedges at Lewes Cemetery

In January this year the Trees Committee of the Friends of Lewes planted over 200 whips (small trees) in the grounds of Lewes Cemetery to make two wildlife hedges along the bottom wall and fence near to the Winterbourne. The trees include Alder, Blackthorn, Alder Buckthorn, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn, Hazel, Hornbeam, Dog Rose, Rowan, Spindle, Willow and Field Maple.

Together with the 27 trees that we planted there in November 2020, and the Elm which we planted earlier in January this year, they will help to make sure that there is a long flowering season for the many pollinators recorded at the Cemetery.

The work was completed over three mornings by small family pairs of volunteers as part of the Lewes District Council and Lewes Urban Arboretum project to further increase the biodiversity of this important Local Wildlife Site. Our plans to involve more volunteers had to be changed because of the current Covid-safety regulations but the whips needed to be planted as soon as possible before they came out of their Winter dormancy.

We had intended to pay for the hedge whips ourselves, but thanks to collaboration with Chris Bibb of Lewes District Council, and Jan Knowlson of the South Downs National Park, it has been fully funded by a successful application for a “Beelines” grant from South Downs National Park Trust.

Hedge planting at Lewes Cemetery
Hedge planting at Lewes Cemetery, January 2021. Click image to enlarge