Next Steps & The £36,000 Appeal.
The Lewes Phoenix Rising (LPR) aim: to ensure people can live and work affordably in the centre of our town, now and in the future. We intend to maintain and enhance our manufacturing and creative heritage through the innovative renovation of the old Phoenix Ironworks, providing genuinely affordable new homes and substantial space for workshops and community enterprises.
- Delivery of the LPRMasterplan
- Masterplan ‘Housing’
- Masterplan ‘The Phoenix workshops’
- Funding Appeal
- How to donate
1. Delivering the LPR Masterplan:
At the request of Lewes District Council (LDC) and Santon, the LPR team and its consultants have been developing our architectural plans and costings model to produce a viable draft Masterplan. This will be presented to LDC/Santon in early November. We will continue to work on the plan throughout November in order to bring it to you, for your input, at a series of consultations around the town in December 2014.
Key elements of our Masterplan are:
As part of the Masterplan we will present our design review of Santon’s proposed development. Taking inspiration from the urban character found in Lewes’ historic town centre, rather than following the more recent trend for low-density suburban cul-de-sacs, we will demonstrate that we can have a far more attractive and eco-friendly development that encourages pedestrian movement, neighbourly interaction and creates much more interesting use of space.
It is essential that at least 40% of the housing on the North St Qtr./Phoenix development is genuinely affordable. We will be presenting costs and plans for additional work/live homes at affordable rents plus the results of our extensive analysis into genuinely affordable rents for Lewes and the types of housing that must be built to meet this need now and in the future.
3. The Phoenix Workshops
A re-examination of the current scheme will release land in order to save a substantial number of businesses and jobs. There are over 50 businesses on the site (generating more than 450 jobs), the vast majority of which still have nowhere to relocate if Santon’s current plans are approved.
We intend to maintain and celebrate our manufacturing and creative heritage through innovative renovation of the old Phoenix Ironworks to provide approximately three acres of affordable space for workshops, enterprises and work/live homes. We will deliver costings and visuals to show how these run-down warehouses can be transformed into a thriving and visually inspiring centre of manufacturing, training, the arts and enterprises; a humming economic and social centre of which we can be proud.
We will be presenting our Masterplan for this area to potential investors, in order to acquire it for the town.
4. Funding these next steps – The £36,000 Appeal:
The LPR team and consultants have worked hard, donating time and resources for no payment for the past six months because they believe in what we are doing. See our website for progress and work to date http://lewesphoenixrising.com . Going forward, the professional team have agreed to accept considerably reduced fees and will still be offering much of their time on a pro-bono basis.
To complete the draft Masterplan to an exemplary standard and to enable us to show you what the Phoenix Estate COULD be, we would like to make some payment to this brilliant team of engineers, designers, architects, planners, surveyors (see website). We do also need to cover some management costs, campaign and publicity expenses at this crucial stage of the process.
We are very grateful to all those who have already made substantial donations and we are currently applying for grants (some of which can be applied retrospectively). However we would like to call again on our signatories for any financial support you feel able to afford.
We need to raise a total of £36,000 to complete our Masterplan – a fraction of the normal cost for a project of this scale. We are already part of the way to reaching this target. However, if all our 920 signatories were to give something we would get there very quickly. We will of course keep you updated with our fund-raising progress.
5.You can support Lewes Phoenix Rising by:
- setting up a standing order on your bank account
Lewes Phoenix Rising,
Account No. 64906419
Sort Code 09-01-28
- Donate via PayPal at
(please note – a percentage of every contribution is deducted by PayPal)
- Donate by cheque made out to ‘Lewes Phoenix Rising’ and send to:
Old Foundry Workshops, 32 North St, Lewes, BN7 2PHOur full accounts will be published on www.lewesphoenixrising.com in due course.Thank you for your ongoing support.The Lewes Phoenix Rising Team