BBC presenter to chair public debate on Lewes development

David Dimbleby. Photo by Andy Paradise. SUS-150109-092103001

David Dimbleby. Photo by Andy Paradise. SUS-150109-092103001

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BBC1 Question Time’s David Dimbleby is chairing a public debate about development in Lewes later this month.

Hosted by Lewes Phoenix Rising, the debate, to be held at Lewes Town Hall on Tuesday, September 15, is entitled ‘How do we develop Lewes? Building the homes we need while keeping the town we love’.

Panellists are Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East; Jeremy Leggett of Action in Rural Sussex; Andrew Simpson of Lewes Phoenix Rising; Prof Raphie Kaplinsky of University of Sussex, who has been advising on the regeneration of Newhaven; Ruth O’Keeffe, the independent town, district and county councillor; Debbie Twitchen of Tenants of Lewes District; and Paul Zara of Conran and Partners - the architects involved in the consortium to deliver 415 new homes across Lewes District.

Members of the public are invited to send their questions about development in Lewes by 5pm, Monday, September 7 to lewesphoenixrising@gmail.com. A selection across a range of topics will be asked on the night.

Juliet Oxborrow of Lewes Phoenix Rising said: “How we build homes for the people who most need them, without destroying community assets, losing land used by local businesses or encroaching on green spaces, is one of the biggest issues facing Lewes right now. With David in the chair, we’re hoping for a balanced, fair and lively debate that makes a worthwhile contribution to this ongoing discussion.”

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