Lewes House Site, Friars Walk plans approved by the SDNPA


Lewes House Site, Friars Walk – 19 September 2014:

Redevelopment to provide 25 residential units and associated open space, car parking, access and landscaping. Here is a copy of the west elevation plan:

West Elevation






Here is a copy of the site plan:

25 houses Lewes plan2








For detailed information go to the SDNPA Planning web site  and search for:


Falcon Wharf plans approved by the SDNPA

Falcon Wharf – 18 September 2014: Demolition of existing commercial building and erection of a terrace of seven residential houses – Falcon Wharf Railway Lane Lewes East Sussex. What is there now:

Falcon Wharf Lewes existing



What the National Park has approved:

Falcon Wharf Lewes





For detailed information go to the SDNPA Planning web site  and search for:


Still time to give your views on the plans for the Magistrates’ Court

Court ViewStill time to give your views on the proposed hotel design and  demolition of the former Magistrates’ Court building in Lewes. This letter, in the Sussex Express by a Lewes resident reminds us that Quora have now submitted yet more amendments to their new hotel design. We recommend reading her letter:

Click here to see Eleanor Austin’s letter

The new design, by Juices Architects of London  is still a dull grey mass of a building featuring steel and glass. Hardly a suitable design for a conservation area !

If you agree with Elanor please click here to make your comments to the SDNPA

Will the officers of the SDNPA have the courage to reject this latest design?

Call for a public enquiry into the future of the former Magistrates’ Court

Court View2Call for a public enquiry into what should be developed at the former Magistrates’ Court in Lewes by a senior planning professional, Michael Parfect. He is  a retired member of Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and retired senior planning officer who worked in Surrey, Lewes and East Sussex planning departments. and who also co-authored a book “Planning for Urban Quality”  He makes some very good points – I wonder if today’s modern planning officers at the SDNPA will listen?

Click here to see Michael’s letter to the Sussex Express

Planning officers at the National Park will be finalising their recommendation from the 26th September ready for the Planning Committee meeting on the 9th October 2014. Not long now, so please send your comments in.

Theatre group gain widespread support

18th Meeting

Lewes Repertory Theatre held a successful public meeting on Monday, 18th of August in Lewes where they explained their proposals behind the planning application for the disused Magistrates Court in Friars Walk, Lewes.

The group have widespread support in the local community with many members of the public writing in to the South Downs National Park Authority giving their support. Also the Lewes Town Council, the South Downs Society & the Lewes Conservation Area Advisory Group have written in giving their support to the scheme.

Comments shoud be made direct to the SDNPA by the 25th August (next Monday) so there isn’t much time. Please support the theatre group’s application:

The application, (SDNP/14/03805/FUL) can be seen and comments registered on the SDNPA web site (http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning ).


New plans sumitted for the old Magistrates Court in Lewes

New Plans have been submitted to the National Park by the developer of the old Lewes Magistrates’ Court. The #SDNPA are asking for comments by the 23rd July. Please have a look at them on:


Put in The planning application number: SDNP/14/01650/FUL

Even if you have already made comments it is important you update your views as the planning officers may disregard comments made before these revised plans. Thank you.

Here is the link to the Sussex Express article:



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