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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

NEWS! LPR announces formal planning application – and we need your help.

Lewes Phoenix Rising is very pleased to announce that we are to submit a formal outline planning application for part of the North Street/Phoenix development site. We have started fund-raising for the £20,000 required to bring our Masterplan for Phoenix Place (3.5 acres of the 15 acre site) up to the level of detail required,…

“….they can move to Newhaven.”

“…they can move to Newhaven” This is the response we at Lewes Phoenix Rising have heard on a number of occasions from some Lewes District Council (LDC) officers and members, in response to our concerns regarding the lack of suitable or affordable space for small businesses and social enterprises if their development plans for the…

Newsletter – Important Update from Lewes Phoenix Rising

Dear All,

 The LPR Roadshow was buzzing. Around 700 people came to see and comment on the display at Lewes House, Nevill, Landport, Malling and the Linklater Pavilion. On show, we had the Masterplan for the site and campaign film, both of which you can see on our website.

In addition there was a 10 minute animated fly-through of the site, industrial heritage display, business and interconnections surveys, eco-approach display, 3D model of the Phoenix Ironworks showing the heritage roof structures, buildings and the live/work micro homes, plus visuals of innovative affordable housing for visitors to choose their preferences.

We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to fill in the feedback forms with their encouraging support and valued suggestions. We will put the results on the website in the New Year, along with the additional materials on display at the Roadshow.

The Masterplan clearly demonstrates that by building close-knit homes in keeping with our historic town centre and thus creating a more neighbourly environment, that all the housing required by policy (390) can be built on the site, plus an additional 48 genuinely affordable homes at social rents and the buildings of the Phoenix Ironworks can be preserved and renovated to provide substantial affordable space for businesses and enterprises.

Regrettably, neither the developer (Santon) nor Lewes District Council (with the exception of some very supportive Councillors) have responded to the Masterplan. This despite their request in May that we would need to show them how to achieve the above, if they were to engage with us. They have however invited us to discuss a small element of the scheme: the provision of ‘creative’ workspace.

Santon will be displaying their revised plans for the site, the first consultation since March, on December the 22nd to Town Councillors and the Steering Group of the Neighbourhood Plan (of which we are members). We will be looking for:

    •    substantial and suitable provision of affordable space for workshops, businesses and community enterprises (there are at present 50 odd businesses and 450 jobs on the Phoenix estate);

    •    substantial provision of genuinely affordable housing;

    •    preservation of the heritage buildings and structures of the old Phoenix Ironworks;

    •    genuine partnership and consultation with the community on the development of the site;

    •    a forward-thinking development focusing on economic and social diversity, environmental sustainability and a vision that serves the current need and that of future generations.

We will get back to you in the New Year with our analysis of their revised plan and our next steps if their plan is not sufficient.

Meanwhile, the Local Plan for the area goes to examination in public by a planning inspector in January. LPR has made representations as we do not believe the plan is sound due to the omission of current industry and heritage buildings (we believe it should be a mixed-use site, not primarily residential). If you wish to attend the examination, the policy for North Street is being considered on 22 January from 9.30am.  The meeting is being held in the East Platinum Lounge of the Amex Stadium, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9BL.

LPR has applied for an emergency preservation order on the old Phoenix Ironworks buildings and structures to enable an investigation of their heritage status.

LPR has prepared applications for some of the enterprises on site to be registered as Assets of Community Value (for submission in January).

Final roadshow date – Friday 12 December

Dear Supporters, Just a reminder that our final public consultation event is on Friday 12 December at Landport Youth Centre, Landport Road, BN7 2SU, 5pm to 9pm. Come and see full details of our alternative redevelopment proposals for the Phoenix Industrial Estate – including the full masterplan, a 3-D model, animated fly-through – plus the…