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North Street Quarter, Lewes

Application SDNP/15/01146/FUL, a hybrid planning application for the redevelopment of the North Street Industrial Estate in Lewes, was considered at the 10 December 2015 Planning Committee meeting. The minutes of the meeting have been published and the application was granted permission on the 25th May 2016. Officers are now working on discharging the many conditions attached to the granting of permission, these can be seen on the Public Access System by entering the reference number (SDNP/15/01146/FUL) into the search box.

The North Street Quarter lies to the immediate north west of Lewes town centre. The joint owners of the site submitted an application for its redevelopment, which would be the largest in Lewes since it became part of the National Park. The site has a rich industrial heritage dating particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries, when an iron and steel foundry, a tannery and a paper mill flourished on the site. Today the site contains a number of light industrial and creative industry uses, as well as other uses such as public car parks and a fire station.

The application is described as a hybrid because the applicants are sought full approval for Phase 1 (the full application) and outline approval for Phases 2 and 3 (the outline application).

Phasing Plan

North Street Quarter – Phasing Plan

The application sought permission for full planning application (Phase 1) for the demolition of existing buildings, provision of infrastructure, construction of access off Phoenix Causeway and associated highway improvements, flood defences, erection of new buildings of up to 4 storeys, comprising 243 residential units (Class C3) [including 51 extra care units (ClassC2/C3)]; 4185m2 (Class B1 and A1, A2, A3, A4 and D2 uses) [Flexible work space including creative community space, assembly and leisure uses and restaurant]; Class D1 medical and health services [Health Hub including pharmacy]; creation of areas of public realm, cycle and car parking provision, including public parking, riverside pedestrian route, footbridge over the River Ouse and associated landscaping.

Outline application (Phases 2 & 3) was sought for the demolition of existing buildings, construction of flood defences, provision of infrastructure, enhancements to recreational facilities at Malling Fields and Pells Park, the erection of new buildings of up to 3 storeys comprising up to 173 residential units (Class C3) with details relating to access, layout and scale for approval and details relating to appearance and landscaping reserved for subsequent approval.

Application Overview

The North Street Quarter – Planning Application Overview submitted with application sets out the background to the planning application and overview to the application documentation.

Policy Context

The application site is covered by Spatial Policy 3 (SP3) of the Lewes District Joint Core Strategy (JCS). This sets out the policy position for the North Street site and adjacent Eastgate area. Policy SD57 of the South Downs Local Plan (which was submitted for Examination in April 2018) is also relevant, but at the time that the application was determined it was in an earlier stage of preparation and of limited weight. The planning application was therefore assessed against policy SP3 and other relevant policies of the JCS, the emerging South Downs Local Plan and any ‘saved’ policies from the Lewes District Local Plan 2004, together with National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other material considerations.

Frequently asked questions

How were people consulted?

Neighbour consultations letters were sent to over 200 hundred properties which share a boundary with the site or werein close proximity to the site. Planning site notices were also displayed across and around the site. Press notices were placed in local newspapers. This is in accordance with the statutory requirements. Following the submission of amended and additional plans and documents in mid-October 2015, further notifications were sent to those original 200 addresses and to other people who had submitted written comments.

Who are the SDNPA Members who sit on the planning committee?

Information about members of the SDNPA Planning Committee are on the committee page and their profiles are on our Members page

Were there pre-application discussions on the proposed development?

The PPA established a framework to provide advice and guidance to steer the development process. Such advice is not legally binding upon any parties and does not prejudice the decision making powers of the SDNPA, as the Local Planning Authority, when considering the planning application.

Yes, the developers have held public consultation and engagement events. Further details on these can be viewed on the developers’ website.

Did the developers held public consultation during the pre-application process?

Yes, as advocated by Central Government the SDNPA has been engaged in pre-application discussions with Santon and Lewes District Council for the past two years on the proposed development. Since October 2013 there has been a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) between SDNPA, Santon and LDC which set out the framework to structure and resource the planning process for the re-development of North Street, Lewes.