Lewes Phoenix Rising is very pleased to announce that we are to submit a formal outline planning application for part of the North Street/Phoenix development site.
We have started fund-raising for the £20,000 required to bring our Masterplan for Phoenix Place (3.5 acres of the 15 acre site) up to the level of detail required, for submission in April 2015. This will provide 48 genuinely affordable rental homes and substantial work and social enterprise space within the renovated buildings of the Phoenix Ironworks.
Why are we doing this when we don’t own the land?
- We want to give the planning authority, the South Downs National Park (SDNP), an exemplary scheme to consider in parallel with the scheme to be submitted by the owners of the Phoenix Industrial Estate, commercial developer Santon (60%) and Lewes District Council (40%).
- We believe the community has the right to ensure that the development delivers what we need: genuinely affordable housing and workspace. Clearly, the only way to do this is to design, build and deliver these elements ourselves.
- We intend to acquire this part of the site for a not-for-profit community development and this outline plan is what we would deliver.
- We are taking this plan to ethical development investors to secure the future of Phoenix Place.
We had a very helpful meeting with the SDNP planning officer on 18th February, at which we established the remaining work required. We will do this for far less than the normal commercial cost, as we have the pro bono or reduced fees support of an expert team and local volunteers. However the costs and planning fees are still substantial.
We therefore need to raise at least £20,000 over the next 2 months. Below out film you can see the donation options.
Can you help us?
Many of you have already made generous donations already, whether on a monthly basis or as one-off gifts for which we are very grateful as they have enabled us to reach this point. To build on this and continue to move forward, we have a number of fundraising options:
If all our signatories were to commit £5 per month for 3 months, we’d have over £18,000
If everyone were to commit £10 per month for 2 months, we’d have nearly £25,000
We understand that not everyone is in a position to do this, but if you would like to, then either use the PayPal link at the bottom of this email, or set up a standing order using these bank details:
Account No: 64906419 Sort-Code: 09-01-28 Ref: Monthly
Or, a good old-fashioned cheque will be equally acceptable, made payable to ‘Lewes Phoenix Rising Ltd’. Send it to: LPR, Old Foundry Studios, 32 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PH
If a one-off donation is more your thing, then you can either use the PayPal link or do a direct transfer using the bank details above. (Ref: One-off)
If you don’t feel any of the options above are for you, but you could put your talents towards arranging a fund-raising event for us, then please go ahead. A concert, pub quiz, fun run, coffee morning – whatever takes your fancy.
We are planning several fundraising events of our own over the coming months. The first of these will be a Quiz Night at the Needlemakers on Thursday 19th March. Look out for more details very soon on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
We hope these events will generate more funds towards what will probably continue to be an expensive process, but we are convinced we must act decisively, thoroughly and quickly towards ensuring long-term affordable work and living space in the heart of Lewes.
We hope you can help!
Amanda Deadman and Richard Moore
LPR Finance Team
Lewes Phoenix Rising is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales company number 9100954, with Charitable Status pending.