Lewes Phoenix Rising will be looking in detail at the Santon application.
On first perusal, few of the concerns raised over the last few years have been genuinely addressed. The affordable housing provision, at 80 % of market price, is simply not affordable and in any case unlikely to be fully delivered as other costs and profit take priority.
Santon have not responded to the desire within the town – or the suggestion of the National Park Design Review panel – to retain the heritage buildings, nor have the vast majority of businesses on site ever been consulted about relocation.
A few of the bigger businesses can afford to move to the new industrial estate, but the network of smaller independents, workshops and unique cultural, community and youth venues are likely to disappear for good.
The proposed business space under residential and offices is unsuitable, will take years to deliver and is likely to be too expensive.
The huge underground car park is far bigger than required and flies in the face of the need to build sustainably, enabling people to work and live in the same area.
We consider it foolhardy to bull doze an entire community and then expect it to grow again, this is why we are proposing a portion of the site be acquired for a community development.
This will ensure that many of these businesses can continue uninterrupted on site in the renovated Ironworks buildings and the provision of genuinely affordable social housing.