Amenity Protection

Campaign to Protect Rural England: a national charity formed in 1926, working to protect and enhance the countryside on behalf of present and future generations, and for the more sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country. Lewes CPRE branch

Civic Voice: this has replaced the Civic Trust as the national charity for the civic movement in England.

Cycle Lewes: Promotes cycling, campaigns for safer streets and sustainable transport, and supports cyclists and communities.

English Heritage: cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, bringing the story of England to life.

Historic England: looks after England’s historic environment, providing expert advice, helping to protect and care for it, and helping the public to understand and enjoy it. See also their homeowners’ advice on making changes to your older property

Lewes Climate Hub: an alliance of local environmental and community groups aiming to provide a central information and networking point on all climate and environment-related projects, events and activities in and around Lewes.

Lewes Footpaths Group: a walking group that arranges a regular programme of walks, social events and holidays for members. It also produces books of walks in the local area.

Lewes Living Streets: aims to make walking and cycling easy and enjoyable by making roads safer, easier to cross, less noisy and less busy.

Lewes Swift Supporters: aims to protect and expand Lewes’s falling population of Swifts.

Litter-Free Lewes: aims to reduce litter and clean up Lewes by organising regular litter pick-ups, education, and working with local authorities. More information

Plastic-Free Lewes: aims to to cut plastic use across Lewes by encouraging the use of alternatives to single-use plastics, and lobbying local councils.

Railway Land Wildlife Trust: exists to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes. Their nature reserve is open 24 hours a day all year round

Friends of the South Downs (South Downs Society): recognised as the National Park Society for the South Downs and is the critical friend of the National Park Authority. It monitors their proposals, criticises where necessary and suggests initiatives which would conserve any part of the National Park.

South Downs Network: a collaborative hub in partnership with local organisations and charities to support their interests and protect the environment of the South Downs National Park.

Sussex Heritage Trust: Established in 1977 to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural heritage of Sussex.

The Aquifer Partnership (TAP): Protecting our groundwater by providing practical advice, and raising awareness.

Wildflower Lewes: Encouraging wildflowers in the urban areas of Lewes.


Planning and Development

East Sussex County Council: the local authority for the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex. Lewes District is one of its five local government areas.

Environment Agency: sponsored by DEFRA, established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. Responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.
Local flood warnings; Lewes Corporation Yard river levels station data

Lewes Conservation Area Advisory Group: comments on planning applications in the conservation areas and considers other aspects affecting the public realm. The Society is represented on this group. (website is currently down)

Lewes and Eastbourne Councils: Lewes District Council is responsible for public parks and other amenities in Lewes, amongst other things, but has a common support and staffing structure with Eastbourne Borough Council.
Lewes planning application records from 1948 to March 2012
See South Downs National Park Authority for later planning application records

Lewes Town Council: the local ‘parish’ council for the town: amongst other things, it manages the Town Hall complex, Malling Community Centre, and All Saints Centre.
Lewes Neighbourhood Plan

South Downs National Park Authority: the lead organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park, in partnership with other Local Authorities and organisations. It is the Planning and Access Authority for the National Park, but has delegated most development and management responsibilities in Lewes to Lewes District Council.
Lewes planning application data from 1 April 2012 onwards
See Lewes and Eastbourne Councils for earlier planning application records

Lewes History

Lewes Archaeological Group: brings together those interested in archaeology and history in the town of Lewes and the surrounding area.

Lewes History Group: aims to encourage an active interest in the history of the town.

Lewes Priory Trust: preserves and develops Lewes Priory as a historical and educational resource on behalf of Lewes Town Council.

Sussex Archaeological Society: administers historic properties and museums open to the public, and undertakes archaeological and historical research in Sussex.