Two things … and an important message from our Finance Director

Two things … and an important message from our Director of Finance As we count down to the South Downs National Park Authority’s landmark decision on the North Street/Phoenix Estate planning application by Santon and LDC, here are a couple of important reminders.   Wed 9 Dec – LDC discuss North Street petition Following Councillor Joanne Carter’s…

Only 4 days left to comment on the latest Santon / LDC Plans!

Only 4 days left to comment on the latest Santon/LDC plans before 16th November deadline! Email planning@lewes.gov.uk, citing planning application SDNP/15/01146/FUL. See what we had to say You can read the full Lewes Phoenix Rising objection, responding to Santon’s amended plans, here. To make your own comments, go to http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/. Search for application SDNP/15/01146/FUL and…

Petition update; Watch the David Dimbleby debate; Grow your tenner

Successful Petition presented to Lewes District Council today Having reached over 2,560 signatures, our petition asking Lewes District Council to work with us: https://www.change.org/p/lewes-district-council-lewes-district-council-should-rethink-plans-for-the-phoenix-north-street-estate was formally presented to the council this afternoon. Green Party LDC Councillor Jo Carter and LPR Director Chelsea Renton were given five minutes to present their case to council. A webcast…

Sign the petition! Urgent!

SIGN UP NOW! Lewes District Council should rethink plans for the Phoenix / North Street Estate https://www.change.org/p/lewes-district-council-lewes-district-council-should-rethink-plans-for-the-phoenix-north-street-estate Councillor Joanne Carter launched this petition to urge Lewes District Council and Santon to work together with Lewes Phoenix Rising to get a better development that meets the needs of the community and the town as a whole.…

LPR representations on Local Plan

Dear All,

The Lewes District Local Plan is about to be examined in public by a planning inspector. The examination lasts two weeks, starting on 20 January, and takes place in the East Platinum Lounge (you couldn’t make it up!) at the Amex Stadium.

The plan for North Street is will be looked at on Thursday 22 January, from 9.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Lewes Phoenix Rising (LPR) will be represented in the discussion, led by the inspector, about the policy for North Street and Eastgate.

Our position is set out in the attached statement and appendices. We believe that we have strong arguments to over-turn the existing policy which will in turn severely hamper the Santon/LDC planning application.

This is the first part of our strategy for 2015 to challenge the current approach to the Phoenix Estate. The team is now working on the rest of our plans for this year, which we will let you know about in the next week or so.

Happy New Year to everyone and, as ever, thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

The LPR Team

Download the LPR Representations – 655KB PDF File

Download the LPR Appendix to the Representations – 2.1MB PDF FIle

http://www.lewesphoenixrising.com

Newsletter – Important Update from Lewes Phoenix Rising

Dear All,

 The LPR Roadshow was buzzing. Around 700 people came to see and comment on the display at Lewes House, Nevill, Landport, Malling and the Linklater Pavilion. On show, we had the Masterplan for the site and campaign film, both of which you can see on our website.

In addition there was a 10 minute animated fly-through of the site, industrial heritage display, business and interconnections surveys, eco-approach display, 3D model of the Phoenix Ironworks showing the heritage roof structures, buildings and the live/work micro homes, plus visuals of innovative affordable housing for visitors to choose their preferences.

We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to fill in the feedback forms with their encouraging support and valued suggestions. We will put the results on the website in the New Year, along with the additional materials on display at the Roadshow.

The Masterplan clearly demonstrates that by building close-knit homes in keeping with our historic town centre and thus creating a more neighbourly environment, that all the housing required by policy (390) can be built on the site, plus an additional 48 genuinely affordable homes at social rents and the buildings of the Phoenix Ironworks can be preserved and renovated to provide substantial affordable space for businesses and enterprises.

Regrettably, neither the developer (Santon) nor Lewes District Council (with the exception of some very supportive Councillors) have responded to the Masterplan. This despite their request in May that we would need to show them how to achieve the above, if they were to engage with us. They have however invited us to discuss a small element of the scheme: the provision of ‘creative’ workspace.

Santon will be displaying their revised plans for the site, the first consultation since March, on December the 22nd to Town Councillors and the Steering Group of the Neighbourhood Plan (of which we are members). We will be looking for:

    •    substantial and suitable provision of affordable space for workshops, businesses and community enterprises (there are at present 50 odd businesses and 450 jobs on the Phoenix estate);

    •    substantial provision of genuinely affordable housing;

    •    preservation of the heritage buildings and structures of the old Phoenix Ironworks;

    •    genuine partnership and consultation with the community on the development of the site;

    •    a forward-thinking development focusing on economic and social diversity, environmental sustainability and a vision that serves the current need and that of future generations.

We will get back to you in the New Year with our analysis of their revised plan and our next steps if their plan is not sufficient.

Meanwhile, the Local Plan for the area goes to examination in public by a planning inspector in January. LPR has made representations as we do not believe the plan is sound due to the omission of current industry and heritage buildings (we believe it should be a mixed-use site, not primarily residential). If you wish to attend the examination, the policy for North Street is being considered on 22 January from 9.30am.  The meeting is being held in the East Platinum Lounge of the Amex Stadium, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9BL.

LPR has applied for an emergency preservation order on the old Phoenix Ironworks buildings and structures to enable an investigation of their heritage status.

LPR has prepared applications for some of the enterprises on site to be registered as Assets of Community Value (for submission in January).