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…
“…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…
The Lewes District Local Plan is about to be examined in public by a planning inspector. The examination lasts two weeks, starting on 20 January, and takes place in the East Platinum Lounge (you couldn’t make it up!) at the Amex Stadium.
The plan for North Street is will be looked at on Thursday 22 January, from 9.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Lewes Phoenix Rising (LPR) will be represented in the discussion, led by the inspector, about the policy for North Street and Eastgate.
Our position is set out in the attached statement and appendices. We believe that we have strong arguments to over-turn the existing policy which will in turn severely hamper the Santon/LDC planning application.
This is the first part of our strategy for 2015 to challenge the current approach to the Phoenix Estate. The team is now working on the rest of our plans for this year, which we will let you know about in the next week or so.
Happy New Year to everyone and, as ever, thank you for your continued support and encouragement.
The LPR Team
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).
Flood Conference in Lewes on behalf of Fidai PROFLO, a representative on behalf of Lewes and John Gower on behalf of the Environment Agency
Interesting Flood Conference on the Ouse by renown Marnix de Vriend (organizer) on behalf of Fidai PROFLO, a representative on behalf of Lewes and John Gower on behalf of the Environment Agency. Program PaThOu event 2014 for Thursday 9th October 2014 Venues: Zu Studios at Phoenix Estate, North Street and LinkLater pavilion at the river…
Lewes’ first festival of making, architecture and sustainable design, hosted by MakingLewes
Check out this wonderful event this weekend..
Dear All, just a reminder of the Phoenix Festival this Saturday 12-8pm, the Phoenix Estate, Lewes. Come and see the studios and workshops under threat, meet the makers and creators of Lewes and enjoy music, food, workshops and kids fun. Related articles Phoenix Estate in Lewes blighted by uncertainty Lewes Phoenix group seeks financial help…
We would like to thank all those who have been responding to our Appeal for Funds. If you wish to make a donation to help fund the next crucial stage of our proposal, you can do so via the Lewes Phoenix Rising website. We will be publishing our full and open accounts on the website…
Article in Sussex Express on the Phoenix Estate / North Street Qtr. Phoenix Estate in Lewes blighted by uncertainty – Sussex Express Full article Mr Baker said: “Today I saw an array of wild creativity and innovation. The area is a hive of productive activity, providing work space and venues for artisans, manufacturing, community and educational…