Here’s how we would do it

Here are first visuals of how Lewes Phoenix Rising would look to renovate the Phoenix Ironworks. We’ve focused on bringing these Victorian iron and brick structures to life to create large-scale, light-filled space for workshops, cultural and community venues and enterprises of all kinds. Plans include a riverside walk along the flood wall. A walkway…

Town Council objects to North St planning app.

Town Council objects to North St planning application At the planning committee meeting on April 14, Lewes Town Council agreed to object to the Santon and Lewes District Council (LDC) planning application for North Street. Why? Displacement of businesses on site would lead to the loss of jobs and the loss of the economic cluster…

Fantastic Campaign from RIBA – Build A Better Britain

RIBA have just started the Build a Better Britain Campaign About the campaign From the biggest cities to the smallest villages, what we decide to build shapes every aspect of our lives. That’s why, at RIBA, we champion better buildings, communities and the environment. It’s crunch time The General Election is just around the corner.…

Meeting for LPR signatories this Monday 30th March

Where: Con Club, 139 High St, Lewes (Click here for map) When: Monday 30 March – 7.30pm prompt Lewes Phoenix Rising signatories and supporters are warmly invited to a meeting this Monday (30 March) at the Con Club, 139 High St, Lewes, starting at 7.30pm. The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the Santon/LDC planning application and consultation process.…

Tips for responding to North St planning app

Guidance on how to make your representations to the SDNPA on the LDC/Santon planning application for North Street. N.B. There will be a meeting for LPR signatories at the Con Club, 7.30pm, Monday 30th March (Map) Formal consultation period. We have received this clarification from the SDNPA: ‘In recognition of the volume of material to…

Auction Night at Pelham House Friday 29 May, Pelham House Hotel

  Auction Night at Pelham House Friday 29 May, Pelham House Hotel, 6.30pm until late Be part of the fundraising event of the year in aid of Lewes Phoenix Rising’s work to safeguard our town’s vibrant community, and creative and manufacturing industries, by creating genuinely affordable places to work and live within the North Street…

LPR Press release on Santon application

First response to the Santon/LDC planning application for the North Street Site 17/03/15 Lewes Phoenix Rising is reviewing the planning application submitted by Santon and Lewes District Council for the North Street site in Lewes. Our initial view is as follows: First, we are surprised that the period for making comments on this application, the…

Santon/LDC planning application for North St Lewes Phoenix Rising preliminary response

You may have noticed that the Santon/LDC planning application for the Phoenix Estate/North Street has now been submitted.

On first perusal, there are some superficial improvements in design, as demanded by the South Downs National Park (SDNPA), though we are perplexed by the demolition of the usable industrial buildings of the Phoenix Ironworks, merely to be replaced by pastiche signage on buildings such as ’Shed 2’.

We are glad to see that they have responded to the concerns regarding affordable housing, which has been bumped up to 40%, though the vast majority appears still to be at an inaffordable 80% of market rate.

We will be examining it in depth looking for:

  • A guaranteed provision of genuinely affordable homes
  • Social housing
  • Retention of some existing buildings as requested by the SDNPA
  • A genuinely mixed-use site, providing suitable and affordable space for light industry, manufacturing, creative and community enterprises and youth venues
  • A scheme that actively reduces the need for car use and enables residents to live and work in the same area
  • Adaptation potential for flooding and climate change
  • Innovative and sustainable build
  • Provision of work space for existing businesses during the development period
  • A vision worthy of the largest development EVER in a UK National Park

You can see the plans at Application no. SDNP/15/01146/FUL

Or, just type in SDNPA into your browser, enter North Street in the search box and follow the links.

Comments on Santon plan in Sussex Express

Lewes Phoenix Rising will be looking in detail at the Santon application. On first perusal, few of the concerns raised over the last few years have been genuinely addressed. The affordable housing provision, at 80 % of market price, is simply not affordable and in any case unlikely to be fully delivered as other…