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Planning Committee Meeting 10 December 2015

Planning Committee Meeting 10 December 2015

Location: County Hall, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UE

Date and time: 10 December 2015 09:45

Contact Details:

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations are in force, giving a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. Please read our protocol on Filming, Recording and Reporting of SDNPA Meetings Protocol for more information.

At the start of the meeting the Chair will make an announcement that the meeting may be filmed, recorded or photographed. Webcasting is undertaken in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority, by entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded and photographed. If you have any queries regarding this please contact committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Application SDNP/15/01146/FUL, a hybrid planning application for the redevelopment of the North Street Industrial Estate in Lewes, will be considered at this meeting. More information on the application can be found on the North Street Quarter webpage.

You can watch the meeting live via our webcasting portal.

Public seating is limited at the venue and a neighbouring room will be made available with a live webcast of the meeting.  All seats will be ticketed and ticket numbers allocated on a first come first served basis. Entrance will be for those with tickets only, and members of the press/media and those wishing to speak at the meeting will also need to have registered.

Registration for attending or speaking at the meeting is now closed.

Members of the public will not be permitted to bring banners, or instruments with them into the meeting room.

In accordance with the Public Speaking Protocol the Chair has agreed that on this occasion the number of speakers permitted to speak will be:

  • Up to three individuals or group representatives who are opposing the application
  • Up to three individuals or group representatives who are supporting the application
  • 2 Lewes Town Councillors,
  • 1 local District Councillor from either Lewes Castle Ward or Lewes Bridge Ward
  • 1 local County Councillor from either Ringmer & Lewes Bridge Division or Lewes Division

It is the expectation of the Planning Committee Chair that speaker slots for Councillors will enable them to speak on behalf of a wide range of residents and their views.

There is limited parking available in the County Hall car park.  The SDNPA encourages the use of public transport to travel to the venue, more details of which are available on the East Sussex County Council’s website

The Officer’s report for this application will be published on this page on or before Wednesday 2 December.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declaration of Interests
    To enable Members to declare to the meeting any disclosable interest they may have in any matter on the agenda for the meeting, where that interest is not already entered in the Authority’s register of interests, and any public service interest (as defined in Paragraph 18 of the Authority’s Code of Conduct) they may consider relevant to an item of business being considered at the meeting (such disclosure to be made at the commencement of the meeting, or when the interest becomes apparent).
  3. Minutes of previous meetings held on 12 November 2015
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 12 November 2015 (Page 1).
  4. Matters arising
    To enable any matters arising from the 12 November 2015 minutes that are not covered elsewhere on this agenda to be raised.
  5. Updates on previous Committee decisions
    To receive any updates on previous Committee decisions.
  6. Urgent Items
    To consider any matter on the agenda which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency to due special circumstances.


  1. Application No:  SDNP/15/01146/FUL
    Proposal: Hybrid planning application (being a full application as to Phase 1 and an outline application as to the remainder being Phases 2 & 3) for the demolition of existing buildings and the redevelopment of the North Street Industrial Estate, North Street, Lewes for a mixed use development.
    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 (Class C2/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) 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
    Address: North Street Industrial Estate, Lewes
    To consider a report by the Director of Planning (Report PC85/15 Page 11).

To all Members of the Planning Committee:

Alun Alesbury, David Coldwell, Neville Harrison, Barbara Holyome, Doug Jones, Tom Jones, Diana Kershaw, Gary Marsh, Robert Mocatta & Ian Phillips.
Please note that SDNPA Members do not represent their appointing bodies on the Authority, but will, as a Member, be responsible for ensuring that the Authority achieves the National Park Purposes and Duty, and does so in a way that best suits the special characteristics of the National Park as a whole.

Meeting Papers

Public participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request, by emailing the following information to public.speaking@southdowns.gov.uk no later than 12 noon on the Monday before the meeting.

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email:
  • Planning Application Number:
  • Details of Proposed Development:
  • Indicate if you are speaking in support or against the application:
  • Who are you representing?:
  • In the event that more than 3 people request to speak in favour or against an item it may be necessary for them to agree amongst themselves who should speak at the meeting. In order to facilitate this process we would ask you to confirm that you are happy with us sharing your name and e-mail address with other potential speakers. We will not share any other personal details with any other third parties.
  • YES / NO (delete as appropriate)

Confirmation that you have registered to speak will be send after 12 noon deadline. Further information on public speaking and registering as a speaker.

Please note that there is no catering provision for members of the public during meal breaks. However there are cafes, pubs and shops in Midhurst town centre, approximately 5 minutes’ walk away.

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