Roadshow results: December 2014
There was an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the LPR Masterplan.
Statistics were collated from 339 detailed questionnaires returned during the roadshows as well as verbal feedback from other visitors. Over 700 people attended the Roadshows during December 2014.
Over 95% of respondents and visitors who talked to us were extremely supportive of our proposals for:
- Truly Affordable Housing
- Renovation of the Ironworks
- Space for small businesses and the self-employed
- Space for the arts and performance venues
Independent Retailers: The vast majority also liked the idea of space for independent shops, but were far less enthusiastic about space for national retailers. Only 45 of the 339 respondents were keen on national chains.
Green Spaces: The provision of lots of green spaces, including allotments, was also a welcome addition in our Masterplan. Proposals to make better use of the river with a riverside walk and mooring areas were well supported.
Flood Resilience: Visitors and respondents were overwhelmingly in favour of building for flood resilience and rather than having flood defences, with only 5 respondents against it. 50 or so respondents were still unsure about the pros and cons of each option, so we will continue to investigate this area in more detail.
Variety and Mixed Use: Most of you welcomed the variety of housing types and mixed use options for both living and working and felt it reflected the rest of the town much better than other designs.
Architectural Style: People did not respond well to the style of the buildings shown in the Masterplan. We agree! Some were too tall, most were featureless and did not reflect the Lewes style. The drawings simply showed standard housing shapes designed to give an idea of density. So, this is very much an area for future debate and community participation to ensure that we get the right mix of building styles on the site.
Parking and Transport: There was concern about whether there was enough parking for the new homes and how traffic flow would work. There is definitely more work to do here. Much of this would need to be discussed and negotiated with the local authorities to ensure that plans fitted in with town, district and county policy guidelines.
Affordable Housing: Some felt there still wasn’t enough on offer, despite the Masterplan providing 48 additional homes on the Phoenix Place site alone. We are also extremely concerned that LDC may not achieve the 40% target for the North Street Quarter as a whole and will continue to strive for a greater percentage to be truly affordable.
Green Space: Although we incorporated lots of trees and green areas, there was a definite groundswell that there should be more, so any future plans will note this request.
Other Concerns: These were mostly about things out of our control, eg what happens to the Fire Station, provision of schools, doctors, traffic flow, building on a flood plain. We shall follow up all these concerns once we have an opportunity to discuss them with Lewes District Council.