Demolition for St John Ambulance building in Lewes

PLANS to demolish a two-storey office building and four garages/stores and replace them with four three-storey terraced houses will be considered next week.

The scheme is for the St John Ambulance Headquaters, in Timberyard Lane, Lewes.

Planning permission and Conservation Area Consent is being sought by St James Property Investments (UK) Ltd, and will be considered by Lewes District Council’s Planning Applications Committee on Wednesday.

The council has received 10 letters of objection over the three separate stages of public consultation. One was submitted on behalf of the Cliffe Residents Association.

The main grounds of objection are that the proposal is too large in terms of its height, width, bulk and mass, and that the design is of poor quality and this contributes to the overall height.

Also that the design is out of keeping with the area, and would result in the loss of residential amenties for neighbours in Timberyard Lane and Morris Road.

The application has been recommended for refusal on the grounds that it does not provide for adequate parking facilities within the site, which would result in additional traffic congestion.