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 review the formal consultation period for comments has been extended until 30h April 2015. As set out on the dedicated NSQ page on the SDNPA Website, the SDNPA take all comments into account on all planning applications up until when a decision is made.’
There are problems viewing the hard copies of the application at the Town Hall, Library and LDC offices as they do not have the space to unpack all the documents. You can view it on line and make a comment at:
Alternatively you can email your representations to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Ref. No. SDNP/15/01146/FUL
Or write to
Tim Bettany-Simmons (quoting ref. no) at:
South Downs Centre,
Making a comment/representation.
Whichever aspects of the plan you may wish to refer to, your representation will have more weight if you believe it is directly connected to one or more of the purposes and duties of a National Park and other policy requirements, and you refer to them. We have listed the key reference points (and documents) below:
NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework)
- One of the 12 planning principles set out in para 17 of the NPPF requires plans to proactively drive and support sustainable economic development to deliver the homes, businesses and industrial units, infrastructure and thriving local places that the country needs.
- The duties of the National Park (para 115 and 116) are to preserve cultural heritage.
National Parks Act 1949
- Purpose 1: ‘… conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the areas specified…’
LPR considers the cultural heritage of Lewes to be embodied in the existing buildings of the Phoenix Ironworks and the industry, manufacturing and creative enterprises they have housed for centuries past to the current day.
- Purpose 2: ‘… promoting opportunities and the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of those areas by the public.’
Is this better done through renovation of the existing Ironworks buildings and promoting the growth of a manufacturing and creative economy within? Or, by replacing them with a few warehouse-shaped buildings, ground floor retail/business units and an Industrial/trade park at Malling Brooks?
Environment Act 1995 (Part III National Parks)
- Duty of a National Park authority ‘…..shall seek to foster the economic and social well-being of communities within the National Park.’
Do you think this planning application will enable people on all incomes to live, work and have fun on the Phoenix Estate?
Defra 2010 English National Parks and the Broads: UK Government Vision and Circular 2010
- By 2030 English National Parks will be places where: ‘Sustainable development can be seen in action. The communities of the Parks take an active part in decisions about their future.’
Is it sustainable? Will it deliver what we need now without compromising the needs of future generations? Are 700 car parking spaces indicative of an environmentally friendly development? Do you feel you have been consulted and listened to? LPR is not impressed by the Statement of Community Involvement. There is no mention of the aims of LPR and our 1200 + local supporters, nor has there been any meaningful response to the needs of current businesses and enterprises on site, or the urgent need for social housing. Have we been allowed to take an active part in decisions regarding our future on this site?
See you on Monday 30th at the Con Club, 7.30pm, if you’d like to discuss further.
Lewes Phoenix Rising Team