Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 7 September 2017

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Friends of Lewes Executive Committee held on 16 August 2017

SDNP/17/03100/FUL: Construction of three blocks with 41 residential units (C3), new business floorspace (B1a/B1c) together with associated parking, external amenity space and landscaping. Land at Units 6-8 Brooks Road.
Friends of Lewes object to the loss of an important business site to mixed residential use. The Brooks Road area is one of the few good quality business areas in Lewes and is not an appropriate location for residential dwellings. Residents of the proposed development would be subject to noise and disturbance from adjacent businesses, including Tesco’s service yard which operates 24 hours a day. The development proposed would be contrary to paragraph 109 of the National Planning Policy Framework which requires the planning system to prevent new development from being put at unacceptable risk from noise pollution. Furthermore, the Society has concerns that, should permission be granted, Environmental Health legislation could require existing noise generating operations in adjacent commercial businesses to be curtailed, causing them to become economically unviable. The introduction of residential development to the area could also trigger the loss of further business space, adversely affecting the economy of the town. The Lewes Town Council Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan Site Assessment rejected this site for residential development because pre-application advice given in SDNP/16/03372/PRE and SDNP/15/03770/PRE did not support the principle of housing in a business area. The Society supports this assessment and in its response to the Neighbourhood Plan consultation has proposed that site should be used for a much needed coach park to support tourism. It therefore considers this planning application should be refused.

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 7 September 2017

Representations made to planning applications in weeks ending 8, 15, 22 and 28 August and 5 September 2017

Week ending 15 August

SDNP/17/03599/LIS: Refurbishment of sash windows and fitting of vertical sliding secondary glazing units. Top Floor Flat, Brack Mound House, Castle Precincts.
Friends of Lewes comment that the design of the secondary glazing horizontal transoms should coincide with those of the original window to minimise their visible impact.

SDNP/17/03713/FUL: New single family dwelling. 111 High Street.
Friends of Lewes commend the elegant design.

Week ending 22 August

SDNP/17/03739/HOUS: Loft conversion incorporating hip to gable extension, rooflights and dormer window. 55 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the proposed loft conversion which destroys the symmetry of the house. The roof dormer is too large and out of proportion with the existing building.

Week ending 28 August

SDNP/17/03787/HOUS: Demolish existing rear outstand and erection of single storey extension and erection of flat roof dormer to the rear. 47 St John Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the scale of the proposed dormer. However, it comments that the proposed felt roofing material is inappropriate in the Conservation Area and zinc or lead should be used.

Week ending 5 September

SDNP/17/04188/HOUS: Replacement of timber windows and doors with UPVC window and doors, replacement bargeboards and facsia, new guttering and downpipe with UPVC. 1 Friars Mews Pinwell Road.
Although this is a modern end of terrace comprising houses of similar design, the group has integrity because it has been designed as a whole and through the use of consistent design motifs and materials. All the neighbouring houses have timber windows and the proposed use of uPVC windows will be discordant and inappropriate in the Conservation Area. The proposed sections are much thicker than the timber sections they are intended to replace and of a different profile. Friends of Lewes therefore object to this application.


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

SDNP/17/04039/FUL Lewes Library, Styles Field. Partial change of use.
SDNP/17/03738/HOUS 29 West Street. Replace rear extension.
SDNP/17/02005/HOUS 66 Western Road. Replace front dormer.
SDNP/17/03662/HOUS & 03663/LIS 25 Sun Street. Ground floor rear side infill extension.
SDNP/17/03836/LIS Strutt and Parker, Walwers Lane. Fibre optic broadband cabling.
SDNP/17/03891/HOUS 25 East Way. Loft conversion including side and rear dormers and rooflight.
SDNP/17/02521/FUL 2 The Meadows. Retain shed.
SDNP/17/03428/LIS 12 and 13 Keere Street. Remove and rebuild boundary wall.
SDNP/17/03576/HOUS 1 Old House Courtyard, Southover High Street. Replace roof,  new roof, porch and single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03621/HOUS 3 Pelham Terrace. Replace windows.
SDNP/17/04321/HOUS 8 Middle Way. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03768/FUL & 03769/LIS Flat 7, The Old Brewery, Thomas Street. Retain condensers and ASHP unit.
SDNP/17/03893/HOUS Rykehurst House, Rotten Row. Render garage and insert window to rear of garage.
SDNP/17/03915/HOUS 27 De Montfort Road. Single storey rear extension.
SDNP/17/03925/HOUS LIttle Antioch, Rotten Row. Convert garage to studio, new roof finish with rooflight, new door opening.
SDNP/17/03937/FUL 35 Friars Walk. Renew some windows, new door opening and path.
SDNP/17/04125/LIS 60 High Street. Internal alterations.
SDNP/17/04250/HOUS 37 Newton Road. Side and rear extension.
SDNP/17/04263/FUL Unit F2 Old Needlemakers. Part change of use to D1.
SDNP/17/04292/HOUS 27 St Anne’s Crescent. Rear dormer.
SDNP/17/04297/HOUS & 04298/LIS 119 High Street. Alterations to rear extension.
SDNP/17/04296/LIS 6 Montacute Road. New garage/workshop.
SDNP/17/04330/HOUS 28 Hereward Way. Replace conservatory.
SDNP/17/04133/ADV 60 High Street. Replace signage.





A Peace Garden for Lewes: plans for the “Magic Circle”

Details of the Friends of Lewes proposal to create a Peace Garden on the site of the former “Magic Circle” garden, between the Maltings Car Park and Castle Ditch Lane, were shared with members of the public at a meeting in the Council Chamber of Lewes Town Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 14 September 2017.

Further details are available from the Friend of Lewes statement of August 2017, and a report of the meeting with photos from the Friends of Lewes Facebook post of 15 September 2017.

Lewes Peace Garden plan





What makes Lewes special for you?

On Saturday 2nd September 2017 members of Friends of Lewes asked visitors to their stall at the Societies Fair: “What makes Lewes special for you?”

This was chosen to be in line with the national Civic Voice theme for the year of “Conservation Conversations”. The answers which we were given are shown below.

All the survey sheets were put into a bag to choose a lucky winner. Roger Beazley won the prize of a £10 book token and a copy of the latest publication from Friends of Lewes, “Lewes in Detail” by Marietta van Dyck.

  • Cross section of society
  • Bonfire
  • The River
  • The Railway
  • The bus Service
  • Tom Paine lived here!
  • Grange Gardens
  • The Downs
  • Lewes is very community-driven town
  • So many beautiful buildings to admire and illustrate!
  • So many interesting residents and a friendly welcome
  • A very good Tourist Information Centre
  • Downland walks and wonderful views
  • Well-placed to visit other towns and villages
  • Easy to get involved and make a difference
  • Architectural variety
  • Views of the South Downs
  • The fact that people like living here
  • Local walks and cycle rides from Lewes
  • Lots of local societies and things going on
  • I grew up here
  • I love the people and the downs that back on to the houses
  • We have a great new cinema!
  • Because it is full of weird and lovely people
  • Bonfire – bangs all through the season
  • Social networks
  • Huge range of beautiful houses all lived in
  • Downland views
  • Small enough to walk around
  • Innate resistance to ill-considered change, (“wunt to druv”)
  • Harvey’s beer
  • The built environment
  • The care and maintenance of most of the buildings
  • The continuous history of settlement
  • Every corner is a lovely view
  • The close community
  • We still have ordinary shops and an active High Street
  • The beauty of the town and its green spaces
  • The people care about the town and the local community
  • The compactness and direct contact with the surrounding countryside
  • The deep history in everything and the fragments of Priory stone in unexpected places
  • The castle and its surrounds, the Bowling Green, the proximity of the downs and the frequent views of them
  • Old buildings and some of the more imaginative new ones
  • Harvey’s Brewery
  • Cliffe High Street
  • The Railway Land
  • Trees and plants in the townscape
  • Roofscapes
  • Probably the most beautiful small hill town in England with a fantastic range of architecture over 1000 years
  • Fantastic range of organisations and activities in the town
  • Topography, built environment, setting, history, people/diversity, continuity and links with the past
  • A socially conscious and progressive community
  • Proximity to the downs
  • Great local brews
  • Lots of twittens and lanes give many ways to get from A to b with different views and atmospheres
  • The hills




Friends of Lewes Planning Committee Report 3 August 2017

Representations made on planning applications following the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 3 August 2017.

Representations made to planning applications in weeks ending 11, 18 & 25 July & 1 August 2017

Week ending 11 July

SDNP/17/03124/HOUS: Loft Conversion. 75 Winterbourne Close.
Friends of Lewes object to the design of the roof dormer which is too large and out of proportion with the existing building. The dormer should be narrower and set down from the ridge of the roof.

Week ending 18 July

SDNP/17/03395/LIS: Replacement of the existing coping stones and refurbishment of the iron railings. 32 High Street (Lewes House).
Friends of Lewes welcome and support the refurbishment proposed.

Week ending 25 July

SDNP/17/02500/LIS: Demolition of upper floor of extension, re roof lower floor, erection of side/rear extension, replace existing steps with a ramp, alterations to drainage and internal works.  4 St James Street.
Friends of Lewes have no objection in principle to the development proposed. However, little information has been provided on the materials to be used and, if granted, permission should be conditional on the use of materials that are appropriate for use in the Conservation Area.

SDNP/17/03064/FUL: Proposed alterations to the glazing of the building. 40-42 Friars Walk.
Friends of Lewes have no objection to the proposed use of aluminium metal windows in this development. However, the Society objects to the fussy design which has too many glazing bars which are inappropriate and not fitting for this modern building. The glazing proposed does not respond sympathetically or contribute positively to the site and its local context, contrary to Core Policy 11 of the LDC/SDNPA Joint Core Strategy 2016.

SDNP/17/03415/HOUS: Erection of front and rear single storey extension. 6 Mildmay Road.
Friend of Lewes has concerns that the design of the front porch is out of keeping with the wider street scene.


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

SDNP/17/03313/HOUS 13 Hamsey Crescent.   First floor side extension.
SDNP/17/02200/FUL St Anne’s Church, Western Road.   Single storey extension and new drainage.
SDNP/17/02797/HOUS 115 Highdown Road.   Link extension and garage conversion.
SDNP/17/03229/HOUS 35 Caburn Crescent.   Garden shed.
SDNP/17/03365/ADV Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   2 flags.
SDNP/17/03069/HOUS 4 Southcliffe.   Rear conservatory.
SDNP/17/03330/HOUS Sunnymead, Rotten Row.   Ground floor extension and rebuild decking.
SDNP/17/03358/FUL HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road.   Alterations and repair works.
SDNP/17/03363/FUL Sussex Police Headquarters, Church Lane, South Malling.   Two flagpoles.
SDNP/17/03484/FUL The Depot, Pinwell Road.   Condensers.
SDNP/17/03527/LIS 11 High Street.   Cisco Wireless Access Points.
SDNP/17/02205/FUL 5 Mountfield House, Mountfield Road.   Garden shed/studio.
SDNP/17/03357/LIS 3 East Street.   Mains gas supply, alterations to front door and internal alterations.
SDNP/17/03619/HOUS 23 Prince Edward’s Road.   Replace extensions with single storey rear and side extension.
SDNP/17/03624/HOUS 2 Middle Way.   Replace rear extension and new canopy.




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