Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 4 June 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 4 June 2020: 

SDNP/20/00313/LIS: Retention of works, including the demolition of the rear extension and addition of a single storey extension, including replacement of stairs and provision of ramp to the main access, and enlargement of main entrance gate, including the replacement of both posts. 4 St James Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the extension. However, the Society objects to the enlargement of the main entrance gate because inadequate details have been provided of the proposed work. There is no east elevation to show the proposed entrance as seen from the street or details of the materials to be used. Both are required.

SDNP/20/01552/LIS: Investigation works and repairs to minaret over central stair of Tyne House. 140 High Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed investigation but consider that more details of the minaret are required and the investigation should provide further drawings. The raised rooflight appears to be modern, from the 1960’s, and the opportunity should be taken to reinstate traditional detailing in accordance with the principles of the adopted Lewes Conservation Area Management Plan. The Society therefore objects to any repair works, which should be the subject of a further application once investigations are complete.

SDNP/20/01646/HOUS: Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey extension, replacement front porch, and changes to external fenestration, including cladding at first floor. Heath Cottage Stables Spital Road.
Friends of Lewes regard the proposed timber cladding to be an improvement but comment that further details of the cladding to be used should be provided for approval.

SDNP/20/01660/ADV: Wooden hanging sign to be attached to brick of building via iron bracket with acrylic sign to be attached to side elevation near front entrance door, and internal privacy film with company logo to be attached to lower section of first window in east elevation of building. Suite 1 23 East Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the hanging sign which it considers to be an unsympathetic addition to the listed building in the Conservation Area. The Society also objects to the proposed acrylic sign and plastic window film which are inappropriate materials for use on a listed building.

SDNP/20/01707/HOUS: Proposed rooflights and rear dormer. Brendon Rotten Row.
Friends of Lewes do not support the proposal to add a new conservation rooflight on the eastern catslide roof as this will result in an unbalanced design. It comments that a more balanced design would result from widening the existing dormer to incorporate the proposed rooflight. The design should match the other dormer proposed for the second floor.

SDNP/20/01738/ADV: Installation of four non-illuminated free standing signs to each roundabout. Multiple Roundabouts within Lewes.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive number of signs per roundabout which are far too large, will distract road users and be detrimental to the wider street scene. No more than two modest sized signs per roundabout would be adequate, set low down and integrated into an overall scheme for improving the appearance of the roundabouts.

SDNP/20/01791/HOUS: Single storey rear ground floor extension and loft conversion with rear dormer. 10 Churchill Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the excessive massing of the proposed dormer which should be set further down from the ridge and reduced in size in accordance with the Friends of Lewes ‘The Design of Dormer Windows Planning Advice Note’.

SDNP/20/01914/CND: Variation of condition 2 of application SDNP/18/03889/FUL to include two ventilation stacks to the roof. Malling Community Centre Spences Lane.
Friends of Lewes comments that the ventilation stacks are very high and the need for such a height should be justified.

SDNP/20/01941/HOUS: Alterations to dwelling including single storey rear extension to replace existing extension and conservatory, alterations to main roof form including enlargement of existing rear-facing dormer, and new garden room to replace existing shed. 28 Ferrers Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the rear dormer which is too wide and out of proportion with the rest of the building. The proposed fenestration is inconsistent with the existing and the four lights proposed should be reduced to three. Access to the timber cladding for maintenance will be difficult and the use of more durable materials such a zinc or lead is encouraged.

SDNP/20/00928/HOUS: Erection of conservatory to the rear, replacement of existing porch with three storey extension, alterations to the existing roof by raising roof ridge height and roof extension from hip to gable, insert rooflights, solar panels and dormers and alterations to fenestration. Home Furlong The Motor Road Old Racecourse.
Friends of Lewes object to the increased mass of the building which is in a prominent open downland location that is visible from a distance, as is the whole racecourse site. The proposed three storey porch is out of proportion with the existing property and the materials proposed are unsuitable for this rural location. The dormer windows are up to the roof ridge, too high and use inappropriate materials. Changing the roof from hip to gable emphasises the mass of the building as does increasing the overall height of the ridge by up to one metre.

SDNP/20/01837/FUL: Installation of gates on both ends of Green Wall. Green Wall.
Although sympathetic to the reasons behind this application Friends of Lewes object to the proposal to create a gated community. Green Wall is a public footpath and follows the position of the old town wall, a scheduled ancient monument. Its closure is unlawful without public consultation by East Sussex County Council and consideration of any objections. Closure is not in the interests of the wider pedestrian movement in the town and sets a dangerous precedent which could be repeated in many twittens and cut throughs affecting the enjoyment of many areas of the historic town. The public footpath along the Green Wall is also an important interface with the planned North Street Quarter redevelopment proposals.


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

SDNP/20/01236/FUL South Malling Church Of England Primary School Church Lane. Enlarge reception area
SDNP/20/01552/LIS Garden House, Rotten Row.   Replace garage with driveway.
SDNP/20/01562/HOUS Vipers Wharf, Railway Lane.   Pergola and trellis including flood barriers, replace double door with single door and sidelight.
SDNP/20/01707/HOUS 1 Malling Street.   Replace flat roof.
SDNP/20/01914/CND 204 High Street.   Remove paint from interior beams and chimney stack.
SDNP/20/01941/HOUS 14 Hill Road.   Alterations including replacement of joinery, modifying external openings and replacement of chimney.
SDNP/20/01945/HOUS 1 Crosshaven Place.   Front porch.

Planning Application Approved


Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 May 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 May 2020: 

SDNP/20/00529/HOUS: New first floor window to rear and replacement of timber cladding with UPVC. 13 Barons Down Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed use of uPVC to clad the front and rear elevations of this property. It considers that alternative materials that are more appropriate to the area should be used.

SDNP/20/01301/LIS: Attach hanging sign to side elevation, attached acrylic sign to front elevation adjacent to front door and attach sign written privacy film to internal surfaces of windows. Suite 1 23 East Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the hanging sign which it considers to be an unsympathetic addition to the listed building in the Conservation Area. The Society also objects to the proposed acrylic sign and plastic window film which are inappropriate materials for use on a listed building.

SDNP/20/01516/LIS, SDNP/20/01386/FUL: Removal of conservatory framework and high level perimeter glazing due to unsafe condition.  191 High Street.
Friends of Lewes object to the removal of the conservatory framework and high level glazing and consider the retention and renovation of the existing structure is essential to preserve the character of the listed building. The decorative trusses are an important historical feature and should be retained and restored. Corroded iron sections should be removed and replaced. The Society supports the Town Council’s reference to Policy HC3B of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan and considers that the existing structure makes a positive contribution to the Conservation Area’s character and appearance. As the unsafe condition has resulted from historic neglect of the building the Neighbourhood Plan policy does not support its removal.

SDNP/20/01519/HOUS: Widening of existing rear dormer.  21 St Annes Crescent.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed widening of the existing dormer but comments that insufficient information has been provided with the application to assess the detailing eg lead flashing.

SDNP/20/01664/FUL: Installation of new main entrance gates and associated fencing . Wallands Community Primary School Gundreda Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to proposed gates but comment that the layout plan is inaccurate as it does not show the existing entrance from Nevill Road.

SDNP/19/03768/FUL: Consolidation of Iford Estate Farming Operations to include the construction of agricultural buildings (for housing of livestock, grain handling and storage), a silage clamp and new access road from Piddinghoe Road. Iford Farm The Street Iford BN7 3EU.
Friends of Lewes object to the impact the proposed expansion of the Iford Estate will have on HGV traffic on the C7 that travels north through Southover High Street, which falls within the Lewes Conservation Area.  The ESCC Highways Authority representations state that details of vehicle movements have been revised to take into consideration previously approved planning consents and proposals likely to be brought forward in the future, with the potential for 84 daily trips. The proposals also involve the use of larger vehicles for transportation. Increased vehicle size and the number of movements through the Conservation Area will have a detrimental impact on historic buildings. The Society objects to the omission of a Heritage Statement in the application which quantifies the likely impact of the proposed development on heritage assets in the Lewes Conservation Area.  This is contrary to Strategic Policy SD12: Historic Environment of the South Downs Local Plan.


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

SDNP/20/00310/LIS The Red House, 67 Southover High Street.   Retain roof light.
SDNP/20/00902/HOUS 17-18 Friars Walk.   Retain windows, rear door and decking, and window restoration.
SDNP/20/01293/LIS 36 High Street.   Convert first and second floor to residential.
SDNP/20/01357/HOUS 5 Hoopers Close.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/01365/HOUS 62 Houndean Rise.   Two storey side extension.
SDNP/20/01373/LIS & 01547/FUL Lower ground floor, 23 High Street.   Change use to residential.
SDNP/20/01446/HOUS 34 Caburn Crescent.   Single storey rear extension to replace conservatory.
SDNP/20/01489/HOUS & 01490/LIS 27 Abinger Place.   Demolish and replace rear extension, alter windows and doors, minor internal alterations and replace roofing.
SDNP/20/01504/HOUS 13 Cross Way.   Single storey rear extension and roof window in existing extension.

Planning Application Approved

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 2 April 2020

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

SDNP/19/04159/FUL : Alterations to existing railings and provision of new railings. Southover Manor House, Flat 6 Southover High Street.
(Comment) Friends of Lewes generally accept the proposal but the drawing does not make clear what is existing and what proposed; do the new railings exactly match the existing? The top (horizontal) rail is shown as a flat vertical section with the balusters face-fixed to it. This is not a traditional detail – the top rail should be a flat horizontal, penetrated by the balusters.

SDNP/19/05877/FUL: New single storey Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) teaching unit including landscaping works. Priory School Mountfield Road.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the proposed new teaching unit but objects to the design. Although the proposed building is not highly visible to the public, it sits beside the fine chapel (built in 1960) designed by Sir Edward Maufe (the architect of Guildford Cathedral) to commemorate former pupils who died in the Second World War. The chapel is a model of restraint, in striking contrast to the overwrought and clumsily detailed proposal for the new teaching unit. The Society objects to the design and considers a simpler design, more sensitive to its setting is essential.

SDNP/20/01016/HOUS: Garage conversion with single storey front porch extension, new timber shed and boundary fence. 15 Delaware Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the boundary fence proposed as part of this development as it will be a very dominant feature and bring about a significant change to the street scene. The Society considers the existing shrubs that border the garden should be retained and additional planting undertaken to provide screening.

SDNP/20/01153/ADV: Installation of 1no externally illuminated lettering, 1no externally illuminated hanging sign, 1no non-illuminated amenity board, 2no chalkboards, 1no lantern and 12no LED floodlights. The Kings Head 9 Southover High Street.
The King’s Head falls within the Conservation Area and has several Listed Buildings adjacent to it, not least Priory Crescent. Friends of Lewes object to the level of floodlighting proposed which it would consider excessive on a busy commercial high street. The level of illumination at the stated 200 candelas per square metre is grossly excessive and in stark contrast to planning guidance in authorities such as Lichfield where a limit of 10 candelas per square metre is imposed. The Society considers the floodlights to be inappropriate in this sensitive residential location, will have an adverse impact on the Conservation Area and are incompatible with the National Park’s dark skies policy.

SDNP/20/01241/HOUS: Erection of single storey side extension and replacement detached single garage. 26 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes do not object to the principle of the side extension but comments that the design, which is lacking fenestration to the front elevation, appears lumpish and unrefined.

SDNP/20/01176/LIS: Replace shop front. 19 Cliffe High Street.
Friends of Lewes consider the application to be well intended and the replacement shop front proposed appears to be an improvement. However, the application is very poorly presented and the impact of the proposals on this key listed building in the Conservation Area cannot be assessed without further elevations of the building and more details of the proposed design. The Society therefore raises an objection until such details are published.


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

SDNP/20/00821/HOUS Cranford House, Kingston Road. Garage conversion, single storey front porch extension, shed and fence.
SDNP/20/01145/HOUS 8 St James Street. Single storey ground floor infill extension.
SDNP/20/01179/PA3O 64 High Street. Change of use of first and second floor offices to flats.
SDNP/20/01132/HOUS 46 Cross Way. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/01231/FUL Grange Court, Grange Road. Replace rear balconies, external repairs and redecorations.
SDNP/20/01327/HOUS 54 Priory Street. Demolish and rebuild rear extension with landscaping and replace rear windows.

Planning Application Approved

Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 5 March 2020

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 March 2020: 

SDNP/20/00303/FUL: Subdivision of the dwelling and internal reconfiguration of the approved extension to provide a 4 bed dwelling and a 2 bed dwelling, new vehicular accesses to provide off-street parking, a single storey rear extension, extension to the dormer window, alteration to the front kitchen window at the existing dwelling, porch, rear dormer window and rear velux window at the new dwelling. 1 Eridge Green.
(Objection) Friends of Lewes are concerned that the proposed development represents over development of the site and could set a precedent. It considers the design of the reconfigured extension to be messy and the roof dormer is disproportionately large and unbalanced.

SDNP/19/05887/HOUS: Loft conversion incorporating rear facing dormer window. 8 Hawkenbury Way. Friends of Lewes object to the size of the rear dormer which although set down from the ridge is too wide and unbalances the roof.

SDNP/20/00253/FUL: Change of use of ground floor from A1 (hairdresser) to C3 (residential), rebuild of front bay structure, replacement of front windows, and new doors and windows to rear elevation. 115 Western Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed use of uPVC windows in the Conservation Area. Timber windows should be used to the design of those originally installed.

SDNP/20/00675/FUL: Construction of 3 no. new dwellings with associated landscaping and parking within the curtilage of a Listed Building and including alterations to the Listed Building and demolition of outbuildings. The Lewes New School Talbot Terrace.
Friends of Lewes do not object to the principle of developing this site. However, it comments that the number and height of the houses proposed risk overdevelopment of the site. It considers the development should be limited to two houses no more than two storeys high.


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

SDNP/19/04768/HOUS 22 King Henry’s Road.   Remove conservatory.
SDNP/06026./HOUS 26 The Avenue.   Replace steel windows with aluminium.
SDNP/20/00171/HOUS 34 Priory Street. Demolish conservatory, rear extension, new rooflights and replacement garage door.
SDNP/20/00344/HOUS Old Malling Farm Cottage, Old Malling Way.   Demolish conservatory and erect single storey extension including garage conversion and first floor extension with front porch and car port.
SDNP/20/00392/HOUS 80 Valence Road.   Two storey side extension.
SDNP/20/00450/HOUS 40 South Way.   Demolish conservatory and erect single storey rear extension and new rooflights.
SDNP/20/00512/HOUS 42 Firle Crescent.   Two storey side extension and front porch.
SDNP/00573/PRE 52 Southover High Street.   Convert office/storage building to house.
SDNP/20/00663/LIS HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road.   Polycarbonate sheeting to windows.
SDNP/20/00688/HOUS 25 New Road.   Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/20/00801/HOUS 114 Western Road.   Replace window.
SDNP/20/00814/LIS 23 Friars Walk.   Remove walls to lower ground floor and reinstate WC.
SDNP/20/00885/FUL 2 Park Road.   Change garage use to dwelling.
SDNP/20/00736/HOUS 3 St James Street.   Demolish extension and erect new rear extension including rooflight and reposition solar panel.

Planning Application Approved

Rights of Way in Lewes

At the end of 2025 most rights of way that existed before 1949, but which are not on the official East Sussex County Council Rights of Way map, will be abolished. Chris Smith has been working to find lost rights of way in Lewes so they can be added to the map.

He explains the procedure, and lists the the routes he has applied to add to the rights of way map in Lewes town, up to 26 May 2020.

DMMO Applications made by Chris Smith in Lewes Town up to 26 May 2020 [pdf 229kb]

Rights of Way Map Lewes
East Sussex County Council Rights of Way Map



Lewes Swift Watch

A message from Lewes Swift Supporters

The swifts are back in Lewes!

This year, Lewes Swift Supporters have introduced a citizen science project called Lewes Swift Watch to engage as many locals as possible in reporting sightings of swifts across Lewes. We would very much like you to become involved by posting your swift sightings to our Facebook group, “Lewes Swift Supporters” or by sending an e-mail to us at

Because of the current lockdown, our formal surveys will be restricted for most of the swift season, from May to August, so your reports will be of great importance to us! For your safety, we ask that you make your observations from your home or garden, or during your daily exercise walk. A few details are all that is required. Please let us know:

  • the date and time of your sighting – we are most interested in low-flying swifts as they’re our local birds!;
  • where you observed the birds – an address would be good if possible;
  • the number of swifts that you saw; and
  •  whether you saw any swifts entering or leaving a nest – if you can describe the exact location on the building, that would be great!

Lewes Swift SupportersFrom all the information posted, we hope to increase our knowledge of nesting swifts in Lewes. This will help us to protect the birds and decide how best to expand the population. If you have the privilege of hosting an active swift nest in your home, we’d love to hear what you’ve learned from monitoring your birds.


Caroline Russell, (Communications Officer, Lewes Swift Supporters)


New Chair for Friends of Lewes

Friends of Lewes, the Town’s Civic Society, founded in 1952 and with over 400 members, has a new Chair. Michael Chartier was elected at last month’s AGM (held online) to replace Robert Cheesman, who had held the post for a remarkable 26 years, as well as standing in for other officers on occasion. The Society and indeed the town are indebted to him for his constancy, industry and direction and wish him well in his new endeavours.

Michael has a very wide experience of the town, having been both a Town and District Councillor for decades, with terms as Mayor and Chair, before retiring from local politics in 2019. He also has had long-term involvement with other voluntary groups in the town, at various times chairing several, including the Sussex Archaeological Society and the Governors at the Old Grammar School.

Current restrictions on face-to-face meetings, arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, mean that one of his first tasks will be to create new ways of furthering the Society’s goals and projects.

Marcus Taylor also retired after 9 years as Honorary Secretary at the AGM in March and has been replaced by Diana Freestone. He had not only undertaken the conventional secretarial duties most efficiently but also taken a leading part in progressing a number of Society projects such as the historic plaques around the town. He also chaired the sub-committee that arranges member events and intends to continue to do this for the foreseeable future.

Michael Chartier
Michael Chartier


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

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