What have we been up to?
For a long time LPR has been quietly watching and waiting for an opportunity to bring some influence to bear on the development of the Phoenix estate (North Street Quarter NSQ). The owners (Mas Rei and LDC) are currently preparing to tender for a new developer. Rumours abound about the future of the site but we have no hard facts yet. We will continue looking for that elusive opportunity.
Our website has been updated after a long gap. All of the campaign material including our Masterplan for the North Street Quarter is in our Campaign Archive. We have added new pages where we will keep you updated on places to work, affordable homes and industrial heritage.
Places to work
As some of our supporters will know we haven’t been entirely inactive for the past three years (unlike the developers). More than 100 of you contributed to our survey on what type of workspace is needed in Lewes. This was submitted to the Scrutiny Affordable Workspace Panel at Lewes District Council. Chelsea attended and gave evidence to the Panel and Andrew submitted the survey results and covering information to the NSQ consultants who are preparing for the tendering exercise. This is to ensure that anyone bidding to develop the site is aware of the type of workspace required and the cost at which the subsidised space should be delivered.
A copy of the final report approved by LDC’s Scrutiny Committee on 21 March 2019 is available here.
We have also been active on the housing front. We proposed to LDC that some ‘meanwhile’ housing be provided on the North Street site. It seems that this was not acceptable to the National Park Authority. If the hiatus continues we may continue to press this.
More positively we hope to help develop some genuinely affordable housing in Lewes in partnership with LDC, which has been encouraging on this front, and are talking to Boutique Modern who are already working with LDC.
We are pleased to report that the travelling cranes from one of the demolished sheds have been salvaged, with a little intervention from us, though they are not yet stored as safely as the NSQ website suggests. Apparently they may not go into the Health Hub after all and we may need to find them another, perhaps better, home.