North Street Quarter, Lewes
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 December 10 2015 Planning Committee meeting. The application was granted permission on the May 25 2016.
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 permission granted is described as a hybrid because the applicants sought full planning permission for Phase 1 and outline planning consent for Phases 2 and 3.
The permission granted for Phase 1 includes the demolition of existing buildings, provision of infrastructure, construction of a new 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.
For Phases 2 & 3 outline permission was granted 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 approved and details relating to appearance and landscaping reserved for subsequent approval.
Planning Permission Overview
The applicant has sought to discharge many of the conditions attached to the planning permission (SDNP/15/01146/FUL), the approved details and further information can be seen on the Public Access System by entering the following reference numbers into the search box:
The demolition works to units 8-11 Phoenix Place commenced on January 7 2019 and these works are expected to be completed at the end of February. The applicant has complied with all the planning requirements to enable these demolition works to commence and the planning permission to be implemented for Phase 1 of the scheme. This was all agreed with the SDNPA as part of the approved ‘discharge of conditions’ applications.
In addition to the demolition works, the applicants have also submitted the ‘Reserved Matters’ application for Phases 2 and 3. The details of that application can again be seen on the Public Access System by entering the following reference number in the search box, SDNP/18/06615/REM. Closing date for public comment is February 4 2019.